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The Shores of Tripoli (Solo Option)


From the end of the American Revolution, commercial vessels of the young United States republic were easy prey for the pirates of the Barbary Coast.

In 1801, newly inaugurated President Thomas Jefferson was eager to put an end to this threat and sent a "squadron of observation" to the Mediterranean.

As the squadron arrived in Gibraltar, they learned that the bashaw of Tripoli had already declared WAR!

The Shores of Tripoli plays out this exciting episode of Early American military history.

As the United States, one player will pressure Tripolitania to allow the free movement of American merchant vessels – or face the consequences.

As the bashaw of Tripoli, the other player will continue the lucrative piracy of the fearsome corsairs while countering the American threat on land and sea.

Beautiful and informative cards represent historical events and leaders from the First Barbary War.

Players can move ships, start battles, go on pirate raids, engage in diplomacy and receive reinforcements. Includes over 80 wooden playing pieces, 24 dice and a premium mounted map.

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Solo Rules

The last two pages of the official rules explain how to play solitaire in detail.

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Solo Playthrough


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Rule book for The Shores of Tripoli

Final rulebook for The Shores of Tripoli.

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Solitaire Watchlist

This player aid is for solitaire play to show prerequisites for cards (listed on the left), as well as which cards are activated when playing certain cards. This should help you not forget to play a required card, and understand the steps needed to achieve goals such as capturing Derne.

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One-Sheet Shores of Tripoli Rules Reference (inc. solo)

Rules reference for The Shores of Tripoli, including solo rules. Fits on the front/back of a single letter-sized sheet of paper.

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History book for The Shores of Tripoli


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