Harbor Markers of Oltre Mare

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Discovering the Mysteries of Oltre Mare

Welcome, fellow adventurers, to the enchanting realm of Oltre Mare! Today, I invite you to dive into the captivating world of harbor markers. These fascinating structures hold tales of ancient mariners, whisper secrets of the sea, and boast a beauty that is decidedly bewitching. Come, let us unravel the mysteries of Oltre Mare’s harbor markers together!

As I stand before these stoic sentinels, I can’t help but be captivated by their silent allure. Each marker stands tall and proud, bearing witness to the countless ships that have passed through these waters. They have weathered the relentless storms and braved the mighty waves, their strength and resilience shining through their chipped and weathered surfaces.

But what exactly do these harbor markers signify? Well, my friend, they are like signposts for seafarers, guiding them safely through treacherous waters and treacherous reefs. They reveal the depth of the water, warn of hidden dangers beneath the surface, and illuminate the path to safe harbors. I can’t help but marvel at the genius behind these markers, for they have saved many a ship from meeting an untimely demise.

Indeed, every harbor marker has a story to tell. They have seen adventurers set sail on grand voyages, witnessed joyful reunions between loved ones, and provided solace to weary travelers. Oh, the tales they could share if only they could speak! But alas, these markers remain silent, forever preserving their secrets within their sturdy frames.

So, my fellow explorers, if you find yourself drawn to the allure of the sea, keep a keen eye out for Oltre Mare’s harbor markers. They are more than mere structures; they are guardians of the waves, keepers of ancient wisdom, and symbols of the intrepid spirit of mankind. It is through their presence that we can navigate the vast unknown and unravel the enigma that is Oltre Mare.

Let your curiosity guide you, my friend, and let the harbor markers of Oltre Mare be your steadfast companions on your voyage of discovery. Together, we shall unlock the mysteries of the sea and create our own tales of adventure.

When you stop your Ship on a Harbor on the map, you can grab the Harbor marker if there’s one available.

All the Harbor markers that you own will be placed next to you. Only the last one you grab will be active, while the others will be placed face down. The active marker will remain in effect until you grab a new one or your Ship stops at an empty Harbor, leaving you with no active markers.

There are 6 types of Harbor markers:


When I stop my Ship at a Harbor with the Compass, I have the power to move my Ship to any other Harbor on the map. It’s like a special shortcut! I take the marker from the Harbor I moved to, but I have to get rid of the Compass. I can’t use it again if I want to move my Ship to a Harbor with another Compass. But that’s okay, because now I can explore even more places!

Now, let’s talk about something exciting – fighting pirates!

When I’m playing the game, I don’t need to keep track of the Pirate icons on the cards I’ve played. That means that I don’t have to worry about adding any cards to the Pirates Stack during my turn.

However, I still have to follow the usual rules and discard any extra cards during the Maritime Power Phase (which you can read more about in the Maritime Power Phase section).

A Good Deal

When I’m playing the game, I have the option to purchase Cards to improve my chances of success. This happens during my Trade Phase, which is an important part of the game.

So, here’s how it works: I can buy Cards from either the Goods Deck or from my own Pirates Stack. The prices for the Cards vary depending on which one I’m buying. The first Card costs 1 Ducati, the second Card costs 2 Ducati, the third Card costs 3 Ducati, and the fourth Card costs 4 Ducati.

The Authority of the Area

When we start our turn, we get Ducati points, which we can use to gain advantages. The number of Ducati points we gain depends on the Maritime Power icons on the top card of our Cargo Stack. It’s important to note that we subtract 3 from the total number of icons to calculate the Ducati points.

For example, if there are 6 Maritime Power icons on the card, we gain 3 Ducati points. If there are 5 icons, we gain 2 Ducati points. With 4 icons, we gain 1 Ducati point, and with 3 icons, we don’t gain any Ducati points.

Big Deal

When I play the Ducati Action, I get to add one Ducati icon to the total number of Ducati icons on the Cards that I’ve played. This happens even if there are no Ducati icons on those Cards. It’s kind of like I’m getting bonus points just for playing the Ducati Action!

For example, let’s say I have the Ducati marker. I play 4 Cards, and out of those Cards, 2 of them have Ducati icons. When I activate the Ducati Action, I score as if I had played 3 Ducati icons. So that means I get 6 Ducati Points! It’s a great way to earn extra points and boost my score.


Smooth Sailing Ahead!

You earn 1 Ducati Point for every Ship icon on the Cards you play.

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