Trade your way to Riches ...
At the beginning of the 16th century: beautiful beaches, wonderful
climate, and one of the most important trading cities in the
world. Competing companies trade with spices and send their colonists
into the world and invest their money. Of most importance is
how you manage your spices to grow a successful company: should
you build more effective ships? Build more effective plantations?
Attract more colonists? The best strategy is the one that creates
the most successful business. Goa: wealth and glory, but
not without risk!
The game will not be taught during the event. Ask Jay to teach
you sometime during the week before entering the event.
Our Portuguese traders have perfected their skills this year
and will be able to complete each round of play in 15 minutes,
meaning heats will be two (2) hours each--in the past, rounds
have been three (3) hours long.
Heats: we will have two heats with HMW being used to
determine semi-finalists. The GM will assign players to tables.
4-player games will be preferred, but 3-player games may prove
Semi-finals/Final: We will strive for a 16-player semi-final,
giving us four 4-player games and four winners to advance to
the Final. Regardless of the number of semi-finalists, we will
have a 4-player Final.
Rules Version / Common Mistakes / Special Rules
· Seating order will be selected randomly by card draw
(using bridge suit order-clubs, diamonds, hearts, spades). Do
not use the method described in the rule book.
· You may not bid more ducats than you have. Any player
bidding more than he has will be penalized one action in the
next action phase.
· You may discard a just-purchased plantation if your
plantation display is full. You do not have to discard one from
· When performing the Expedition action, the player must
discard before drawing or draw only enough cards to ensure that
the action does not exceed his hand limit. (For example, a player
at the 2/4 position on his development board who already has
three cards must first decide to either draw only one card or
to discard a card before drawing two.)
· The "take 2 colonists" expedition card may
be played in the middle of the Found Colony action. An expedition
card marked with an 'A' in the corner must be played before the
action is taken. Other expedition cards may be used before or
after an action, but not during an action.
· You may use at most one expedition card each turn.
· Red tiles, dark blue tiles, and the Duty tiles may be
used before or after an action, but not during an action.
· The use of a tile is never an action. In particular,
the benefit of the Espionage tile does not count as the player's
action, and it cannot be modified by an expedition card with
an 'A' on it.
· The Vice-king tile advances the least-developed success
· The benefit of the Re-supply tile cannot be split among
spices, colonists, and ships; all items must be of the same type.
Game tie breakers are as follows: 1) Remaining money 2) Fewest
points from expedition cards 3) Player position relative to the
flag (the player who ends the game with the flag has precedence,
then the player closest, clockwise, to the flag-holder, etc.)
Time Limit Adjudication: The GM may at his discretion
impose time limits on any game to ensure that it completes within
the allotted time. Any game not in Round 8 (auction) after one
hour and 45 minutes will end in its current round.