Liar's Dice- A game of chance
If you are looking for a game to help you feel like a pirate, I suggest to you: Liar's Dice. Liar’s dice is inspired by an Incan dice bluffing game and has been seen as a pirate game (such as in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest). I purchased a set created by Front Porch Classics from our local friendly game store (The Gamers Den) but you can play this game with out purchasing a kit. I loved that it came in a d6 dice shaped box and had everything needed to play; four dice cups, 20d6 dice and the rulebook. If you are like me and an avid TTRPG dice hoarder, you can easily play this game with your own d6s.
What do you need?
Each person playing has 5 d6 dice and needs to make sure that the other people at their table can not see their dice. This is why dice cups are usually used to shield the dice. Another option would be for everyone to have a screen to protect their dice from peeking eyes if cups are not available.
How to Win?
This could have a bet of 5 fours, or if played by Common Hand the left has two pairs where the right side is 3 of a kind.
“Common Hand”- or poker
Use in TTRPG
I absolutely loved playing this with my Saltmarsh group as a quick and easy “pirates” game that we did for a down time activity. If you are playing a pirate themed campaign this is an easy way to bring props and play a physical game in character as Game Master & Players. It is also just a easy tavern game in general that can be used to fill down time, or to do while there is a bathroom or snack break but you don’t want to break immersion too much.