This is designed for 4 players and you each start out on a small island and sail to another one full of treasure! You can just wipe each other out though! The 4th player gets a lot of land all to himself because i forgott to change it but it dont matter cause it is hard to build stuff on this rugged country. player 1,2,3 sail west and player 4 starts on his isle. I dont advise that you sail west or you will be wiped out by his bombardment towers! It can be played single player!!!!