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Bora Bora Strategy Board Game

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  • Contents: 1 game board, 4 player boards, 250+ tiles, 100+ wooden pieces, 60 cards, 12 dice, detailed colored instructions
  • 2-4 players
  • Playing Time: 60-120 minutes
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Stake your fortunes in the mysterious island world of Bora Bora. Journey across islands, building huts where the resilient men and women of your tribes can settle, discovering fishing grounds and collecting shells. Send priests to the temples, and gather offerings to curry favor with the gods.

In Bora Bora, players use dice to perform a variety of actions using careful insight and tactical planning. The heart of the game is its action resolution system in which 5-7 actions are available each round, the exact number depending on the number of players. Each player rolls three dice at the start of the round, then they take turns placing one die at a time on one action. Place a high number on an action, and you'll generally get a better version of that action: more places to build, more choices of people to take, better positioning on the temple track, and so on. Place a low number and you'll get a worse action - but you'll possibly block other players from taking the action at all as in order to take an action you must place a die on it with a lower number than any die already on the action.

Three task tiles on a player's individual game board provide some direction as to what he might want to do, while god tiles allow for special actions and rule-breaking, as gods are wont to do. The player who best watches how the game develops and uses the most effective strategy will prevail.

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Gods, Goods & Greatness. The mysterious island world of the South Pacific awaits. Build huts and settle them with the men and women of your tribe. Send priests to the temple and make offerings to worship the Gods. Strive for enormous prestige and even greater power. A grand strategy game by popular author Stefan Feld for all who enjoy a long, challenging evening of gaming.

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  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 8.8 x 2.5 inches ; 3.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: Czech Republic
  • Item model number: 26915
  • Our recommended age: 12 - 15 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,743 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Erin E. Turowski on September 4, 2013
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I bought this game to play with my usual board game group. We traditionally play eurogames and favor Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, Agricola, etc.

When I opened the box, the first thing I noticed was that the game is visually stunning. The colors are beautiful, and the pictures are intricate and gorgeous.

The second thing I noticed was that there are NO words on the game board. None. While this makes the game easy to market internationally, it can complicate learning the rules.

So, with that said, it is a typical Stefan Feld dice game. If you have played "Castles of Burgundy," then many aspects of "Bora Bora" will seem familiar. Each player gets a mini game board, in addition to the central shared board, and the actions each player can take on his or her turn are based on the numbers rolled on the three dice. There are a lot of "games within the game" and pieces to keep track of, but again, this is pretty typical for Stefan Feld's games and some other eurogames.

Even though this game is beautiful and fun once you learn the rules, learning the game play is non-trivial, even for seasoned board gamers. When three of my friends and I sat down to play for the first time, it was almost a disaster - it took so long to get through the rules that we had a lot of trouble even making it through two rounds (there are six rounds in a full-length game). It was so hard for all of us to try to follow one book of rules that I tried to struggle through the French instructions to help. My recommendation is to have at least one player read through the rules completely ahead of time (there is a PDF version on Board Game Geek) so someone can "lead the way" while everyone else learns along.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Baron Von Cool on October 20, 2013
Tried Bora Bora at a board game convention because it looked amazing and reminded me of Hawaii, one of my favorite board games. However, beyond the tropical theme and collecting tiles, this game isn't really much like Hawaii at all. It's a total pain in the butt to learn and set up, with infinitely more pieces to keep track of than Hawaii (whose fiddly setup is super-easy compared to Bora Bora). To make matters worse, the rulebook is a true disaster, with all kinds of fiddly rules and exceptions misplaced in unexpected sections. After playing through one round in a four player game, three of the four players were ready to quit and everybody was referring to it as "Boring Boring." Two of the three wanted to give up and try it again another day after rereading the rules, while the third never wanted to play it again! I insisted we play through "just one more round" because I felt I was on the verge of actually figuring the game out. After some grumbling, everybody agreed and we not only played the next round, but finished the game.

Despite how colorful and pretty this game is to look at, Bora Bora is by no means an easy or light game, and I would say calling it "medium" might be a bit of a stretch. If it is, I'd say it was on the far end of what constitutes a medium or "middle-weight" game. There is a LOT of stuff going on (possibly too much), a lot of hard choices, and the poorly organized rulebook doesn't do it any favors. Unless someone knows the rules well and can teach it, most people will tear their hair out in frustration and never get past the first round.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JAYCEE on January 23, 2014
I suppose it's pretty official that I am a newly conformed "gamer". Not necessarily your "typical" gamer (stay at home mom of 3 kids, not very nerdy BUT with a husband who adores games, is kind of a nerd,, he definitely converted me!). We've been pretty into playing these brain-busting board games for about 6 months. Ever since he got back from Afghanistan. We have taken our collection from 1 or 2 board games to over 30. A few of our favorites are Castles of Burgundy, Rialto, Tzolk'in, Dominion, London, Thurn and Taxis, Legacy, Seasons, 7 Wonders, Village, Keyflower, Le Havre...(ok, we have a lot of favorites!).

Bora Bora is one we just learned last weekend. It's important to know that we really like Stefan Feld games (as you see above) and worker placement games. Trajan and Bruges are one our "to-learn" list. And, I really want to go to Bora Bora! ha.

Now, Bora Bora is definitely a brain-burner to learn. Not unlike Castles of Burgundy. We ended up learning it in an afternoon (after reading the manual, setting it up, rereading the manual, realizing we didn't have time to learn it/play it and moving on to one we already knew for a few days). It took some dedication (finally took advantage of nap time after the third day of procrastinating!). After our first play we had most of the rules panned out and understood the concepts. We immediately wanted to play it again and, I'd say it took us about three play throughs to understand it all and be clear.

We definitely both want to play this one over and over. One of our new favs!! Very rewarding. Lots of strategy and different ways to play. There is a lot going on but it all makes sense. It's really fun!!! I am very glad we gave it a go and finally learned it.
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