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Rolling Seas

Explore the islands and seas of the Alkundic Archipelago and tell tales of your voyages!





The seas of the Alkundic Archipelago have long been known for their treacherous storms, exhilarating currents, hazardous rocky outcrops, and even a mild infestation of sea monsters. You and a ragtag crew have set out to explore the islands and seas they occupy. Along the way you will have adventures, stop at ports to resupply, get a better ship, and tell the tale of your voyages. The more you tell your story the more reputation you’ll earn. Will your crew have the greatest tale to tell and earn the most reputation? Sail the Rolling Seas and find out!

Rolling Seas is a roll & write adventure game for 1-6 (or more) players! It takes 30-60 minutes regardless of the number of players - everyone plays simultaneously!

Rolling Seas

DISCLOSURE: I feel it's fair to let everyone know that Rolling Seas has been signed by a publisher and should see a full retail version available in 2-3 years. I have their approval to keep Rolling Seas available on The Game Crafter for a while. It will be taken down from The Game Crafter within a few months, when the Kickstarter is officially announced. I hope you'll support me here, and be excited for what's in store for Rolling Seas in the future.

NOTE: Some pictures are from prototype editions of the game.

Overview: Rolling Seas begins with everyone initializing their maps – drawing known adventures and choosing a Home Port. Each round has three quick phases that everyone participates in simultaneously: Adventures, Dice, and Actions.

  • In the Adventure Phase you'll draw an Adventure card, which could indicate Smooth Sailing or add a new Adventure to your maps, like Sea Monsters, Storms, Pirates, and more!

  • The Dice Phase consists of rolling two types of dice to determine the wind direction and exploration events.

  • In the Action Phase each player can choose to Sail, Explore, or Visit a Port. As you Sail and Explore you’ll add to your Story. When you Visit a Port you’ll get to tell your Story to gain Reputation.

The player with the most Reputation at the end of 25 rounds is the winner!

Learn to play Rolling Seas by watching the video below!

Rolling Seas Digital Layout

2nd Edition Updates! The second edition of Rolling Seas has some updates that make the game even easier to get into! New maps make setup a breeze and Smooth Sailing Adventure cards help new adventures come out at a more even pace. And now you can play with Pirates! An available tutorial will have you playing in no time. You can learn while you play.

What Do You Get?

Rolling Seas comes in a super sturdy Medium Stout Box that looks great on your shelf! Inside is:

  • 40 map pages (with 2 different maps)
  • 40 ledger pages (double sided)
  • 1 dice mat (for showing wind directions and exploration discoveries)
  • 48 50 Adventure cards (including 2 promo cards!)
  • 3 D12 dice
  • 1 D6 die
  • 6 pencils
  • 6 compass tokens
  • 6 compass cards
  • 6 reference cards
  • 20-page rulebook
  • Access to download additional maps and ledger pages
  • Access to a digital Quick-Start Tutorial

Rolling Seas Components

Rolling Seas Layout

Promo Cards

As part of the Crowd Sale for Rolling Seas there were two promo cards. These will continue to be available until the Crowd Sale copies are shipped. After that, they may not be available ever again! The Gryphon's Cave and Eye of the Storm adventures feature two types of adventure each, plus a special bonus, should you reach it! After the Crowd Sale is shipped these cards will no longer be sold with Rolling Seas. I may have some extras that you can get from me, but they won't be available to the general public. This is my way of saying thanks for supporting my Crowd Sale!

Crowd Sale Special Promo Cards

Why is Rolling Seas Special?

I know, of course I'm going to think it's special. I designed it, and I'm proud of it, so I'm going to brag a bit, right? Of course! Rolling Seas isn't your usual roll and write game. It's not a 20 minute filler. I love quick r&w games, like Qwixx, and even meatier games like Roll Through the Ages or Twice As Clever, but even those are pretty much filler games with no, or little, theme. For Rolling Seas I wanted more. I took inspiration from the games above, plus my current favorite "flip & write", Cartographers, and created something that I feel is more than just a filler.

Rolling Seas can play as your main game night fare. It still plays pretty quick - under 45 minutes once you're familiar with the game - so you can probably get two games in, but it's meaty enough that your first play doesn't feel like it's over before it started. I've been told that the game feels very thematic, provides a lot of interesting decisions, has exciting moments, and comes to a tense finish (see the reviews in the "Rolling Seas Around the Web" section below). I'm thrilled when I hear that feedback, because that's the experience I was trying to create!

Besides having all those great, exciting moments, there was one other aspect that I felt was important in the game. One of my favorite parts of Cartographers is that after the game is over, you have a souvenir of your game. In Rolling Seas you finish with a map showing your adventures! I even included a few lines for a journal so you can keep a log of your story, in your own words! Some people ignore this, but some (like my wife) spend as much time telling their story as they do playing the game! Win or lose, you'll walk away from Rolling Seas with a memory of your game that can last a lifetime.



Quick Start Tutorial: Rolling Seas also comes with a downloadable Quick Start Tutorial so you can be playing in 10 minutes or less. Learn the game as you play! Includes:

  • Quick Start Tutorial Guide PDF
  • Tutorial Maps PDF

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Rolling Seas Tutorial Layout

Expansions Available

See the very bottom of this page for component photos for the expansions!

Rolling Seas - Crew Members

  • Crew Members • The Crew Members expansion adds crew that you can hire to give you special abilities. The expansion also comes with two new maps.

Rolling Seas - Islands & Map Pack 1

  • Islands & Map Pack 1 • The Islands & Map Pack 1 expansion includes everything you need to create custom maps as well as 5 more pre-generated maps and a bunch of new Adventures!

Rolling Seas - Map Pack 2

  • Map Pack 2 • Map Pack 2 is available outside the Crowd Sale, and includes six new pre-generated maps with special exploration bonus spaces as well as a whole bunch of new Adventures to encounter.

Rolling Seas Around the Web

  • NEW! - From Proti Plays - by Andrei Dănescu - "Really interesting and I would say for a roll and write it's complex, interesting, a lot of decision points, a lot of things that you have to take into consideration... this is a very interesting roll and write."
  • From Quick impressions of the PnP games I’ve played recently! - by reddit user LittleBlueCubes, Jan 25, 2021 - "The game itself is very thrilling leaving a lot of key decisions to make. ... This is going to get a lot of plays for sure."
  • BGG: BATs Cave of Games - by BGG user Brian Moore (Hopalong), Jan 25, 2021 - "I found this very good to play and really enjoyed it. Hope it gets picked up by a publisher."
  • reddit user PugDaddy88 - "I'll play this again, and it might overtake some of the xx72 games as my preferred mapping Roll n Write."
  • second reddit post from PugDaddy88 - "My 2nd time playing this. I really like this Roll-n-Write. The rules are easy to get right away, and are clear and nicely presented. The turns are quick. There's not much stress, or difficult decisions. The art is real nice, and there was some real thought into the presentation. My favorite bit, is the compass card. There is a compass with a blank spot in the middle. Then you take a smaller directional circle and put it in the blank spot. Then you turn it based on dice rolls to determine the wind... [A] fun diversion at the end of a busy day."
  • BGG User hosenpheffer - "7/10 - A good Roll n Write. ... The solo mode is a nice experience..."
  • Unsolicited Video Playthrough & Review from Veselko Kelava - "Overall the game is great. I really love this game. It really feels like travelling the seas, adventuring... Overall quite a nice game, highly recommended by me so definitely check this one out."
  • Unsolicited Video Playthrough & Review from Janine Viglietti - "I do find it to be a fun little game!"
  • TGC User killasamuri11 - "Excellent game that I love to show to friends. Easy to learn and easy to play, but has some good depth."
  • TGC User Slapworth - "My kids and I loved playing this together. ... Setting obstacles for each other generated lots of laughs."
  • TGC User Revinar - "I really enjoyed my time playing this and would enjoy playing it again."
  • Juegos Roll & Write - A write up of Rolling Seas v1 - December 2019
  • Rolling Seas BGG Page

Try the Free PnP First Edition!

You can download the first edition for free from PnP Arcade! There are some minor changes in the new edition, but the main gameplay is the same. The first edition includes the Islands expanion, but no pre-generateed maps. The first edtion also does not have Pirates or Smooth Sailing Adventure cards (new Adventures come out when you roll doubles on the direction dice).

See below for a rules overview!

Tip: Use colored pencils on your map and keep a record of your journey in your travel log for an even more immersive experience!

Download the Rules!


Video Playlist:

Watch a playlist of Rolling Seas videos!

Rolling Seas Playthrough and More

This is a playthrough of Rolling Seas, recorded at my 24 hour Extra Life livestream from November 7, 2020 from about 1:30am to 3:30am. I've edited out a number of pauses and tired sounding "ummm"s.

  • Setup and Initializing the Maps - 0:00 to 7:40
  • Gameplay - 7:40 to 52:12
  • Final Scoring - 52:12 to 53:12

Talking about what's new, and expansions:

  • What's New in v2 - 53:12 to 54:00
  • Events (not publicly available) - 54:00 to 59:33
  • Ships & Pirate Captain (not publicly available) - 59:33 to 1:00:20
  • Crew Members (available in this Crowd Sale!) - 1:00:20 to 1:02:27

Unboxing Rolling Seas, Expansions, and Gate (from Grey Gnome Games)

How to Play Rolling Seas

Rolling Seas Components:

Rolling Seas Components

Rolling Seas - Crew Members Components:


Rolling Seas - Islands & Map Pack 1 Components:


Rolling Seas - Map Pack 2 Components:



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Average Rating 4 reviews
Publish Date December 20, 2019
Edition Second
Department Games
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More Info Rolling Seas web site

Why buy this?

The game itself is very thrilling leaving a lot of key decisions to make. ... This is going to get a lot of plays for sure.

  • Simultaneous play supports any number of players!
  • Create a map and a story of your adventures!
  • Each game is a unique adventure!

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