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Sea Shanties is an ever-changing strategy board game where players compete to be the most legendary pirate sailing the Kanvus Sea. To do so, players must plunder islands for precious resources, cleverly manage their crew, and pillage resources from other players in a unique sea-battle mechanic.

Game Lore

You enter a weather-worn building on an island somewhere in the far western reaches of the Kanvus Sea. The small tavern is crowded but the dark, damp air inside, although heavy with must, is a refuge from the sweltering sun currently baking the island's shore.

The tavern swells, bustling with privateers and buccaneers -- a missing eye, arm, or leg seems to be the fee of admittance to join this raucous crowd. The smell of brown enters your nostrils as you order a tankard of warm grog. With every sip, memories from your recent past slowly slip away...

That's when a stout bard with an aging accordion emerges from the corner. He brushes sand and dust from the instrument's bellows and as he begins to squeeze its sides, the familiar notes cut through the crowd and dance around your ears. He begins jovially singing a shanty that is well-known among all of the patrons. You slurp down the last drops of your grog and slam your tankard on the table.

Making your way towards the source of the music, you can't help but feel like the room full of salty sailors is watching your every move. The bard continues to sing of the Legendary Pirates of The Kanvus Sea. His soothing voice mixes with the punctuated melody from his accordion. It captivates you as you notice now that the other carousers in the tavern are singing along. You cannot help yourself from humming along to the tunes about the great pirates of the past.

A thought fueled by drink and existential crises enters your head as the crowd dives into the shanty's chorus. It may be too late to change your past, but you can still craft the legacy you leave behind...

You hurriedly gather your crew, recruit a few new sailors, and rush out to port. By the time you find yourself in Davy Jones’ Locker, The Kanvus Sea will sing of your name by praise or by fear!

… But you’re not the only one ready to weigh anchor.


Game Stats

3-5 Players

Age 13+

30-60 Minute Play Time


Andrew X. Hunter


Pleiades Games

Highland Park, New Jersey, USA

Launch Date

March 28, 2019

Social Media

Facebook @seashantiesgame

Twitter @seashantiesgame

Instagram @seashantiesgame_

Press Release

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - April 8, 2019 -- Pleiades Games, an emerging board game company based in Highland Park, New Jersey, has announced a funding campaign for their first publicly-released game, Sea Shanties. The company's Kickstarter campaign for Sea Shanties will run from March 28, 2019, until May 16, 2019.

Sea Shanties is a pirate-themed game that promises to immerse players in a unique gameplay experience as they "pillage, plunder, and pilfer [their] way to be the most renown captain" on the Kanvus Sea. Designed for 3-5 players, participants must strategically plan their moves across a randomized game board -- inhabiting islands, collecting loot, and battling each other -- while trying to collect Verses and Ballads to build their "shanty" and collect the most Renown Points.

"I've been working hard to bring the world a game that is immersive, complex, and all around fun," says Sea Shanties designer, Andrew X. Hunter. "After two years of changes, hundreds of hours of play-testing, and much valuable feedback, I feel that this game has landed on an experience that is unlike any other board game."

In addition to its unique gameplay experience, Sea Shanties also promotes itself as an eco-friendly game. The pieces that make up the playing surface (map) are strategically made out of a canvas, the playing pieces are wooden, and an effort has been made to reduce the amount of plastic used in production and packaging.

"It can be easy to take a more cost-efficient route and utilize plastic pieces," says Hunter. "We didn't just want to do things easily, we wanted to do them right. But a startup can only do so much. That's why we're hoping to reach our funding stretch goals of $7,500 and $15,000 -- so we can swap out the majority of our cardboard pieces and box, and make them out of real wood."

Sea Shanties will enter production this summer and will be delivered to Kickstarter backers in August 2019 as long as it reaches its initial funding goal of $2,500.

For more information and media inquiries, please visit or email Andrew X. Hunter at

About Pleiades Games

Founded by game maker Andrew X. Hunter in January of 2019, Pleiades Games has one objective: to leave the world a little more fun than it was before. Pleiades Games creates original board games and vows to never make compromises when it comes to the quality of your experience with our products.

We strive for a completely immersive experience. And we nail it every time.

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Reviews & In The News

Sea Shanties brings the excitement of becoming a legendary pirate to your living room!

From the wonderful art on the cards to the canvas map tiles that make up the ever-changing board this game will have you and your friends sailing the Kanvus Sea plundering islands and pillage resources from other players with hours of fun!” Read more about our 9.3 Anticipation Rating...

-Jerimiah Slack,

Sea Shanties is a fun, unique artisanal board game with plenty of variety and replayability. It's perfect for any board game collection.”

-Charles Joe Hunter, The designers brother so it only kind of counts

Sea Shanties is a unique board game, unlike any I’ve played in the past. The interactive battle dynamic between players and the overarching strategy make for a game that is fun and interesting for board-gamers of all levels. The card art, wooden game pieces, and canvas map all add to the immersion of the game and are great perks!”

-Branden Wawrzyniak, A guy who does marketing and plays many board games

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