San Juan board game
San Juan board game

San Juan

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Overall Rank: #163 | Trending Rank: #538
Prospector or Trader? Builder or producer? Which roles will you play in the new world? Your goal is to become San Juan's most prosperous citizen. Manufacture goods like coffee or tobacco, then trade them for money. Use the money to construct buildings to make your city more prosperous.

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.

This new edition of San Juan contains the additional buildings from the previously available expansion but not the event cards. It also contains a new building not previously available in any version: The Hut. This building grants a card when nothing was sold in the trader phase.

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  • Fun game. Only played once so can't comment in depth but I enjoyed it as a lighter alternative to Puerto Rico. Looking forward to future plays and will most likely buy in the near future.Well, didn't need to buy it because my secret santa 06 got it for me (along with Caylus). Rogue461 rocks!!!!
  • A nice, light iteration of RftG.
  • One of our favourite games, though most of our games of this have been played two player because it is easy to play and requires very little pulling the cupboard about - One of our best buys.
  • This game is fantastic. I took it travelling with me around asia. Probably somewhere in my top 20 - 40.

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I also don't think it's too broad. I actually really enjoy engine builders and anytime I hear the term used to describe a game it immediately gets my attention. As has been said, it's more of a matter of if that term is being used appropriately/in the way which I would use it. There have been a few games described as such that I was disappointed with mainly because I didn't quite see that mechanism in the game. Most recently#San Juan had been described as an engine builder and recommended to me based on my likes. After a few plays I still don't see how this is accurate in the same sense as other games I enjoy in this category. Thought it could just be me being nitpicky or simply not enjoying a game.

I have had great fun with Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization at 2 players. Also, San Juan has a very good 2 player tweak. Star Realms is our favorite when we just want to get something going quick. 


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