Game Profile: Puerto Rico

Prospector, captain, mayor, trader, settler, craftsman, or builder?  Which role will you play in the
New World.

Mechanics Variable Phase Order
Theme Economic
Publication Rio Grande Games, 2002
Ages 13+
Time 90 – 150
Players 3 – 5
Puerto Rico is one of those strategy games where you not
only have to plan ahead, it is also critical to be aware of what your opponents
are up to.  Each player’s turn starts
with the selection of one of seven available roles.  Each role brings a unique advantage to the
player selecting it, but allows all players to use that role in turn. Timing of
when to select a particular role is critical.

Each player has a player
board with twelve spaces for plantations and twelve spaces for buildings.  There are five different crops.  Each crop, except corn, must be paired with
its matching production building to generate goods.  Goods can then be sold at the trading house
for money or placed on ships to earn victory points.  Money will be necessary to buy not only
production buildings, but also markets, warehouses and a variety of other
buildings with added abilities for the player who owns them and populates them
with colonists.  Colonists must also be
on plantations for them to produce.  In
addition to the four types of production buildings and twelve special buildings
there are five large buildings whose sole function is to provide victory points
at the end of the game.  Each building
also has a victory point value.

Puerto Rico is one of
those games that will have you coming back for more.  The first time you play, you will know you
could play better.  There is just a lot
to keep track of.  Timing in role
selection is significant.  Then all you
to do is manage your buildings, your plantations, your colonists and your money
better than everyone else.  There are
many paths to victory and it would be fun to try them all.
have an open copy of 
Puerto Rico available
in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try.

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