Variant Merchants & Marauders variety glory points and other minor changes

May 18, 2020
Here is our M&M variant that works well in our group, with changes that we found positive for the game:

  • Start the game with 1 NPC Naval and 1 NPC pirate at random.Less safe from the start, especially for merchants this is important, as it can sometimes take a long time until pirate ships spawn.
    • Remove 1 (or 2 if you want) captain for a NPC frigate from each nation, so 4 (or 8) in total. The deck is too NPC spawn heavy, which makes ship movements sometimes too infrequent.
  • At your home-port, you can transfer ship mods for 2 gold each. Small boost to your home-port.
  • Favors: 3 gold per favor, instead of 2 gold. Favors are so good, and in our opinion too cheap. Especially since you gain a favor just for STARTING a mission as well.
  • Pirate sloop (NPC) no longer gives a GP when you reach 5 GP’s, unless you are using the sloop/flute. If it spawns late in the game, it is just free GP. Literally no risk with larger ships. So for players under 5 GPs, you can still catch up by sinking it, and it could even post a threat if you are on your start ship due to being killed.
  • Upgrading to a galleon/frigate does not provide a GP. You upgrade your ship to gain a better ship, the GP is unnecessary.


Achieve 10 glory points (or more at the last round, if able).
You can get at most 5 GPs in merchant/location raid AND cargo/contraband trade category, and at most 2 in stash gold category. Stash gold per GP is also increase from 10-10 from base game to 15-30. The others are unlimited.

Merchant or location raid☐☐☐☐☐
Cargo and contraband trade☐☐☐☐☐
5 checkmarks in total on the two above rows, and this category is full.
Complete a mission☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐
Confirm a rumor☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐
Defeat a player/NPC☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐☐
Stash gold15 gold: ☐
30 gold: ☐


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Also, feel free to check out my proposed changes in a (hopefully) new/improved version of Merchants & Marauders:

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