Madeira

2013 · 2-4 Players · 60-150 Minutes
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Madeira board game
Madeira board game

Wheat plantations were the first means for survival on the island. After that, when D. Henrique decided to increase the economy of the Empire, sugar became the core business of Madeira. Once sugar started coming from other places in the world, such as Africa and Brazil, profits from sugar were no longer enough, and production of the very famous Madeira wine became the most important economic product of the island.

Players try to adapt themselves to these constraints, working to find better fields for farming the right goods and for obtaining precious wood, essential for erecting new structures in the cities and for building ships. In turn, the ships are crucial for trading in foreign markets, as well as for taking part in new expeditions to discover other countries.

Madeira has been established just as it was in the original administrative division of the island under 3 captaincies (Funchal, Machico, and Porto Santo), where the ultimate goal is to develop the Island, gaining the most prestige under and for the Portuguese Crown. The Crown of Portugal has a series of requests regarding expeditions, urbanization, opening trade routes, increasing wealth, and controlling the guilds on the islands.

Three times during the game, the players gain prestige for fulfilling certain requests by the Crown. At two other times, the Crown requests that the islands change the focus of their agriculture due to the changes in the world. Players must carefully choose the correct timing to show their achievements. Too early and you don't gain as much prestige, too late and you risk someone else stealing the best opportunities. Will you have what it takes to excel in all of these endeavors?

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Year Published2013
Number of Players 2-4
Playtime 60-150 Minutes
Minimum Age 12
Mechanics Area Control, Area Majority/ Influence, Dice Rolling, Worker Placement
Categories Dice, Economic, Farming
Learning Complexity N/A[Vote]
Strategy Complexity N/A[Vote]
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