Sunday, May 26, 2024

Leder Games Sets Sail With ‘Ahoy’

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Yesterday, Leder Games announced the next game in their asymmetric strategy lineup from the same team behind megahit games like Root and Oath: Ahoy: A Game of Seafaring and Smuggling. As you might expect from a name like that, Ahoy is set on the high seas and chock full of pirates, smugglers, and swashbuckling snails.

Ahoy box art

From Leder:

Ahoy is a lightly asymmetrical game where two to four players take the roles of swashbucklers and soldiers seeking Fame on the high seas.

One player controls the Bluefin Squadron, a company of sharks and their toothy friends, who patrol these waters and keep order with shot and sword. Another player controls the Mollusk Union, an alliance of undersea creatures and their comrades-in-arms, who fight to reclaim their ancestral home. In games with more people, some players control Smugglers, maverick captains who run blockades to smuggle luxuries and essentials, delivering them to those with the most need—or the most coin. Explore the seas. As you play, you’ll make a unique map full of treasure troves, dangerous wreckage, and mighty sea currents, using deluxe double-layer region tiles.

Ahoy contents

Game Contents:

  • 4 double-layer player boards,
  • 12 double-layer tiles
  • 19 wood figures
  • 30 dice.
  • A quick setup aid
  • 4 pocket guides

The design started out as a design by Greg Loring-Albright (Bloc By Bloc: Uprising, Leviathan) called Hyperspace Smuggler that the Leder team demoed at PAX Unplugged 2019. The game developed into its current form with the help of Nick Brachmann, who’s worked on Root add-ons like The Marauder Expansion and the Hirelings Packs and as the designer of Fort and its Cat’s And Dogs expansion.

Ahoy is playable for between two and four players aged 14+ and with an estimated to run between 45 and 75 minutes. Pre-orders are set to open in early August for a retail launch of Q4 2022 at an MSRP of $40.00.

Images via Leder Games

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