DeckHand — A Pirate Deck Builder Game

DeckHand in Short

Assemble a Formidable Deck

Craft a unique deck from 73 cards and 59 designs. Prepare for a dynamic experience that hinges on the board state, your strategic choices, and thrilling interactions.

Easy Setup & Portable

Swift setup with no additional game components – just cards! Grasp the rules in less than 3 minutes and immerse yourself in the action whether at home or on the go!

Short Games, Big Impact

A 2-player game typically lasts 30 minutes, striking a balance between accessible rules for casual gamers and engaging decisions for strategy enthusiasts.

No Tracking of Life Points

No complex tracking mechanics! DeckHand focuses on a streamlined experience where you count your victory points at the end.

Each Card Matters

Every 59 cards in DeckHand has a unique effect, adding excitement and unpredictability to each playthrough.

Turn Luck to Your Advantage

Cleverly push your luck, turning dire situations into victories, or strategically favoring probability for long-term success.

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Release date: 13th of November 2023.
Language: Fist Edition in English.

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Gameplay Preview

In DeckHand, players take turns accumulating gold coins and purchasing new cards to enhance their decks and increase their power. Competing against opponents, you'll aim to acquire the most valuable cards, strategically building synergies and thwarting your opponents' plans. Speed is of the essence as you strive to execute your strategy before your opponents, all while racing against the clock to achieve victory.

In order to get a sense of what to expect in DeckHand, explore a subset of the 59 cards showcasing intriguing facets of the game.

If you'd like to delve deeper into DeckHand's gameplay, explore our card comment page: DeckHand cards Explained.

Understanding the Rules

Rules should be concise and clear, leaving no room for ambiguity.

Simplified Game for Beginners

To set up a beginner game, you may exclude up to 11 cards for a 2 to 3 player game. No cards can be excluded for a 4-player game. Feel free to remove any cards you find complex or that might slow down the game. Here is a suggested list: The Grand Council, Gold Mine, Emperor's Caprice, Imperial Powder, Typhoon, Monkey's Bargain, Governor's Wedding, Kraken's Fury, Ghost Crew, Improvised Grenade, Going Ape.

Board

This serves as an illustrative board state for a single player. It's essential that each player organizes their stash/discard pile in a visually clear and easily readable manner.

Solo Challenges

Explore the game in Solo! Sharpen your skills and knowledge of the cards while taking on these challenges individually.
During Solo challenges, you take charge of making decisions that enemies would typically make.
If an effect targets an enemy, the targeting aspect of the effect is disregarded, while other parts of the effect still take place.

Victory Beast Solo Challenge

Create a 23-card supply deck. At the start of your turn remove one card from the supply from the game. Aim to finish the game with at least 32 victory points.

Attack Freak Solo Challenge

Create a 23-card supply deck. At the start of your turn remove one card from the supply from the game. Aim to finish the game with at least 26 victory points and at least 9 Attacks.

Architect Solo Challenge

Create a 23-card supply deck. At the start of your turn remove one card from the supply from the game. Aim to finish the game with at least 27 victory points and at least 8 Structure.

DeckHand's Box Content

Production Details

We aim for the very best quality print. Our cards are poker sized cards (MTG) with a matt surface. All card illustrations were created by the game author with the assistance of AI tools.

Second prototype unboxing.

Playtesters credits

Crooked Merchant
Useless Totem
Extravagance
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Batiste & Jonathan Bieler | 2023 | Card illustrations | Icons by Delapouite | Contact