In Vanuatu, you are a Vanuatuan who wants to prosper during the eight turns of the game. In order to prosper, you have to manage with natural resources, rare items, vatus (local currency), and tourists. To earn money or prosperity points, you may also draw on the sand, carry tourist all over Vanuatu's islands, or trade cargo with foreign countries.

On each turn, the archipelago expands and you have to program your actions with five tokens. You put one or more of them on the chosen actions spaces, and on your turn, you will only be able to play an action if you have the majority on its space. Thus, sometimes you must wait for other players to remove their tokens. If you are not in majority anywhere, you have to remove all of your tokens from an action and give up hope of plying this action. A good strategy lets you block other players; for example, they won't be able to sell fish if they haven't caught them first, order matters! Island and sea resources are rare, so be quick and take them first!

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