Puerto Rico board game
Puerto Rico board game

Puerto Rico

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Prospector, captain, mayor, trader, settler, craftsman, or builder? Which roles will you play in the new world? Will you own the most prosperous plantations? Will you build the most valuable buildings? You have but one goal: achieve the greatest prosperity and highest respect! This is shown by the player who earns the most victory points. He will win the game!

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  • Mechanically a very good game, but can't justify playing it anymore because of the racial insensitivities it presents.
  • I can't help but be amazed at how fresh this game still is 15 years later. Kudos Herr Seyfarth!
  • This one has fallen pretty flat with the people i've played with. Though, i've enjoyed a bootleg digital version on my Android phone (official version doesn't exist) i still don't get the hype for this game.Could change my mind with a few more plays.
  • First Euro game I bought.
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this is good!

my top 5:

#Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated (owned, but unplayed)

#Le Havre (only played the app)

Top 10:

#Puerto Rico (played once)

#Cry Havoc (played once)

#Root (played "once")

Something that comes immediately to mind is the age difference in the lists. BGG in particular is very old and it has a bunch of "old" votes for "old" games that keep them higher on the lists. For a long time #Puerto Rico was number one on BGG. It also came out about the same time that BGG was started. So, it was the hotness at the time. But, when you come to BGA, that is a lot newer, and they tend to play more newer games. There is also not the same amount of "old" "dead" votes that keep stuff higher on the top list.

I also noticed that, generally speaking, the top 100 on BGA was maybe a little bit lighter than the top 100 on BGG.

Anyways, thanks for putting these lists up. I am very interested in studying it further, and as well as any other lists you feel like posting.

I have a few games I love, even though I regularly lose.

  1. #Puerto Rico: I have won several games of PR. I have played a lot of games like this, and I am generally competative, but I don't think I have won more than once or twice.
  2. #Race for the Galaxy: This is a retheme of PR. So, it isn't a surprise that I have so much trouble with this one. I am getting better.... But, I don't think I have ever won a live game.
  3. #Agricola (Revised Edition) I guess I just have a problem winning middle aged euro games. LOL


If I was starting over I would want to make sure I have different strategy levels covered for best variety and versatility.

Heavy(ish) - #Puerto Rico ($35)

Medium(ish) - #Wingspan ($60)

Gateway - #Carcassonne ($35)

Party - #Codenames ($15)

Co-op - #Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle ($50). Added bonus of deck building mechanism here too. 

I’d want to finish things off with a standard deck of cards too!

totally agree. My thought isnt so much art vs mechanics or clarity but rather does the artwork suit the game. I really do like when a game hasgood art or components, but if it doesnt suit the game or theme, it for sure turns me off. For instance, i love the corny dryness of #Agricola and #Puerto Rico mainly because it just fits the theme and theme whithin the mechanics. A game like #Star Realms, because of its theme, needed good artwork. its art makes the game so much better even though the mechanics are the more subtle but stronger draw. idk if I am making sense but those are my first thoughts haha

I am a board game hoarder/collector.  I buy things because I want to play them and then due to lack of time and lack of people to play with they only end up hitting the table a few times.  So I would have to get the ones that hit the table the most which would be: #Viticulture: Essential Edition ($45), #Steampunk Rally ($24), #Secret Hitler ($35), #Codenames ($10), #Puerto Rico ($17), #Spirit Island ($55) and we can throw in #Animal Upon Animal ($10) for the kiddos. 

However, if I were really starting over (and like, wiping my brain of gaming memory) #Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 and #Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 were some of the best gaming experiences I've ever had so I'd tell myself to get those and of course #Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 which I haven't started yet but I'm sure will be great

I don't know that I enjoy being "mean." But I do love me some mean games. I love effectively doing what I can to get the win, and if that includes meanness, I am happy to provide that. 

There are a lot of games that it is unclear whether or not you should be mean in them. For instance, #Carcassonne, #Dominion: Second Edition (especially with some of the expansions), Some of the older euro games i.e. #Puerto Rico. In those games, I always try to play well, sometimes that means that I will be mean, and sometimes it means that I will not be mean. Although if the table is anti conflict, or pro conflict, That may influence how I play. 

And to be clear, I like mean games in general. This includes mean solo games, where the game is being mean to me. It isn't like I get some sort of power rush from being mean to another player. I do like putting them in bad, even awful, situations. But, I don't mind it too much when they shoot my plans to bits, and I have to try to come back. I relish the challange. 

Always enjoyed board games, playing a lot of the classics growing up. Then proceeded to the occasional Catan games with friends. Then a few years ago I believe I came across TableTop on Youtube with Wheaton and the #Tokaido gameplay made me realize there was much more out there. Loved Tokaido and eventually found it on BGArena while discovering some other games in the process like #Takenoko. Finally decided to get some of our own over the past years like #Codenames , #Risk: Game of Thrones and #Sushi Go!

Wasn't until our purchase of #Disney Villainous a couple years ago that we thought we could eventually have a small collection one day. While we did make a few additions over time and loved playing, it wasn't something we looked into much. Fast forward to 2020. Being someone who plays and follows a lot of sports, obviously many things were paused due to the pandemic. While unfortunate, this gave me time to look into other things, like board games!

I went back and continued to learn new games to me on BGArena like #7 Wonders , #Lost Cities , #Puerto Rico among many others. Being someone who loves to plan and research, found myself learning a ton in such a short time as I continued the deep dive into my newest hobby. Learned about content creators, got TableTop Sim to try out stuff, and of course added to the wishlist and the collection. 

These days our collection is taking shape slowly but surely (budget and room). I'm usually the teacher now so I do like to cater it to games I enjoy that I know my GF and friends will also like. Don't see myself having hundreds of games or anything, but plan is to start adding some variety in weight as well with games like #Architects of the West Kingdom , #Viticulture: Essential Edition and #Spirit Island high on the wishlist. Weight doesn't matter though as I will enjoy and have fun with any and all games as long as our group is having fun. I find myself learning more about the industry now to maybe take part in things like rule book writing when I can. The board game hobby and its community has been a joy to discover throughout the year and has def been the bright spot of 2020. 

PS. Still plan on owning Tokaido someday :)