San Juan

Discussion in 'General Gaming' started by Killer Joe, Mar 23, 2005.

  1. Killer Joe Active Member

    Any San Juan players out there? How do you like the game and what's the learning curve on it?
  2. Killer Joe Active Member

    Okay, I finally played San Juan this past Saturday. Apparently it's the card game version of the board game called Puerto Rico.

    Here's a summary from

    A card game based on Puerto Rico. The pack of 110 cards consists of production buildings (indigo, sugar, tobacco, coffee, and silver) and "violet" buildings that grant special powers or extra victory points. Cards from the hand can be either built or used as money to build something else. Cards from the deck are used to represent goods produced by the production buildings, in which case they are left face-down. A seven-card hand limit is enforced once per round.

    In each round or governorship, each player in turn selects from one of the available roles, triggering an event that usually affects all players, such as producing goods or building. The person who picks the role gets a privilege, such as producing more goods or building more cheaply.

    Though similar in concept to Puerto Rico, the game has many different mechanics. In particular, there are no colonists and no shipping of goods; goods production and trading are normally limited to one card per phase; and trades cannot be blocked.

    Victory points are gained exclusively by building, and the game ends as soon as one player has put up 12 buildings.

    I loved playing this game, maybe it's becuase I won with 24 victory points by having a Chapel and placing a card underneath it every turn which helps my score at the end as each card placed under the chapel is worth 1 victory point.


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