Genesis Pirates Gold! Help!?

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matmico399
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Genesis Pirates Gold! Help!?

Postby matmico399 » August 7th, 2018, 9:10 am

I remember having Sid Meier's Pirates back in my late teens on my Commodore 64. It was probably my favorite game on that old computer back in the day. Mainly because every adventure was new and never repeated, and the sky was the limit. Great memories.

A few years back I acquired a copy a Pirates Gold! on the Genesis. I tinkered around with it a bit but put off seriously playing it as I was in the middle of a slew of other games at that time. Well I recently fired it up again and wow what great memories. But I have a question. This game seems off the charts hard. No matter what I do I end up old and retired long before I am closing to completing most of my objectives. Can some people out there please give me some help on how to win at this? Is there a best era to be in, a certain nationality, a certain skill. Any advice would be helpful. I want to keep enjoying playing this but I am continually getting frustrated. Thanks!

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Re: Genesis Pirates Gold! Help!?

Postby scotland » August 7th, 2018, 10:04 am

Its been years, but I enjoyed this game.

The only advice I have is that I used Gamefaqs to help. For instance, a guide there recommends 1660 or 1680 to play. There are also game genie codes for English Buccaneer to bump your initial working capital, cannons and crew size, so I would try 1660 as an English Buccaneer. There is other advice there as well, such as always accept a mission from a Governor, etc

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Re: Genesis Pirates Gold! Help!?

Postby Breaker » August 11th, 2018, 11:38 am

Boy, I could talk for hours about this game. I'll try to keep this brief to get you started...

First, choose a time period of 1620 - 1660. Earlier than that, there aren't many towns to attack or land at; later than that there are very few wars making promotions hard to come by

Second, be any nationality but Spanish. Basically every other country will be at war with Spain at some point during the game. Plus, about 75% of the towns will be Spanish, so you have lots of targets to attack. And two career goals are to capture the Treasure Fleet and the Silver Train, and its FAR easier to capture them when they are in a Spanish town than luck into them on the open seas.

Third, pick a skill. Any skill. Navigation and gunnery are probably less useful, but have value. Medicine is usually my choice, as it helps you win duels later in your career when you are older.

Now, on to gameplay... your first order of business is to visit a town of your nationality and visit the governor. Pay attention to which countries you are at war with (usually Spain) and what countries you are allied with. Stop in the tavern and sign up sailors. Then visit towns of the other two nationalities (not Spain) and talk to their governors. Buy any Letters of Marque they offer, and again pay attention to whom they are at war with and allied with.

With any luck, a combination of the Dutch, French & English wil be at war with Spain. This means you attack every Spanish town and vessel you come across. Then regularly stop at towns of the other nationalities and talk to their governors. Having bought the LoM at the beginning will allow you to gain promotions from multiple countries.

Each promotion helps you: 1) find family members, which help you find Incan treasures (one for each family member, if you can figure out the maps); 2) gain land which increases your overall wealth (and score at the end of the game); and 3) improve your chances at marrying the "best" woman (because, of course, the beauty of the woman you marry increases your score at the end of the game).

Always accept missions, and remember to complete them before returning to the governor that assigned you the mission. These help your promotions as well. Save often, particularly before signing up a big crew of sailors... this can upset your existing crew, causing them to desert (and take much of your gold with them).

I probably have many more specific bits of advice, but this will get you going. Happy plundering!

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Re: Genesis Pirates Gold! Help!?

Postby Luigi & Peach » August 12th, 2018, 8:22 am

Breaker wrote:Boy, I could talk for hours about this game. I'll try to keep this brief to get you started...

First, choose a time period of 1620 - 1660. Earlier than that, there aren't many towns to attack or land at; later than that there are very few wars making promotions hard to come by

Second, be any nationality but Spanish. Basically every other country will be at war with Spain at some point during the game. Plus, about 75% of the towns will be Spanish, so you have lots of targets to attack. And two career goals are to capture the Treasure Fleet and the Silver Train, and its FAR easier to capture them when they are in a Spanish town than luck into them on the open seas.

Third, pick a skill. Any skill. Navigation and gunnery are probably less useful, but have value. Medicine is usually my choice, as it helps you win duels later in your career when you are older.

Now, on to gameplay... your first order of business is to visit a town of your nationality and visit the governor. Pay attention to which countries you are at war with (usually Spain) and what countries you are allied with. Stop in the tavern and sign up sailors. Then visit towns of the other two nationalities (not Spain) and talk to their governors. Buy any Letters of Marque they offer, and again pay attention to whom they are at war with and allied with.

With any luck, a combination of the Dutch, French & English wil be at war with Spain. This means you attack every Spanish town and vessel you come across. Then regularly stop at towns of the other nationalities and talk to their governors. Having bought the LoM at the beginning will allow you to gain promotions from multiple countries.

Each promotion helps you: 1) find family members, which help you find Incan treasures (one for each family member, if you can figure out the maps); 2) gain land which increases your overall wealth (and score at the end of the game); and 3) improve your chances at marrying the "best" woman (because, of course, the beauty of the woman you marry increases your score at the end of the game).

Always accept missions, and remember to complete them before returning to the governor that assigned you the mission. These help your promotions as well. Save often, particularly before signing up a big crew of sailors... this can upset your existing crew, causing them to desert (and take much of your gold with them).

I probably have many more specific bits of advice, but this will get you going. Happy plundering!


We had this game on our home PC in the 90's and I had the same problem as the original poster. I would have loved this advice at the time! :)


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