As stated under Game, it was the idea that a pirate theme would work well for a certain game mechanism that started Find the Treasure! Which theme could be better for a game where you have to find something than a good old treasure hunt?
The theme used in the game does not originates from any specific source. Obviously, books like Treasure Island and movies like Pirates of the Caribbean have influenced me but my focus was to create a general pirate feeling, not to follow a strict story.
The game itself contains few components so instead it is in the artwork that the theme comes through. The game board was made to look like an old pirate map and the battle cards were illustrated with the old pirate weapons of guns, sabres and hooks. OK, hooks were rarely used as weapons but they are pirate-like and I needed a 3rd weapon.
Unfortunately, I was unable to find any miniatures at The Game Crafter so I had to do with pawns for pirates, sticks for ships and chevrons for chests. If I ever try to crowdfund Find the Treasure!, I know what stretch goals to set!