The Pirates Rescue Probability Game
In the ‘Pirates Rescue’ game, players seek to remove pieces from the game board based on their understanding of probability. Our game is played on the Prisoners’ Island named ‘Blow The Man Down Island’. Players rescue pirate prisoners from numbered prison cells located on the island (ie ‘Pirate Prison’ is like ‘JAIL’ in other board games). Each player starts the game by placing six pirate prisoner tokens on the cell numbers of their choice. They may place all the tokens in one cell or in various cells. The player rolls two dice. One number is subtracted from the other number. The player may release a pirate prisoner from that cell number, if there is a prisoner at that location. The first player to rescue all the pirate tokens wins In classroom play, the teacher may facilitate the learning by rolling the dice. In this case, students are in small groups located at different tables. Each table has the Pirates Rescue board game.
In the expanded edition of the game, the players are given eleven tokens, which they place in any of the eleven prisoner cells. This time, however, the player rolls two dice and adds the numbers. A prisoner token is released from that # cell.
The students will begin to notice that some cell numbers are rolled most often and other numbers are rolled least often. This will lead to a discussion, after which the players will replay the game armed with their new strategy and tactics. Record the results of all game play in the provided rescue cell worksheets. Compare and analyze the data. What conclusions do your students formulate? Test and retest each tactic and graph the results.
What is the probability of each number being rolled? Analyze the data and create a probability table to show the probability percentages.