From the Manufacturer
Heart of Africa is a meaty trading game where the players each lead a trading company which tries to make profits in Africa. Although Africa had been circumnavigated by the start of the 19th century, the continent remained largely undiscovered. One of the great mysteries was the source of the Nile, and explorers like Burton, Speke, Baker and Livingstone became legendary in their attempts to find it. Soon, Africa became the subject of colonialism and trade expansion, and that is where Heart of Africa begins. Initially, the players only have limited resources. A bidding structure decides who may conduct each next turn. Although bidding is costly, rewards may be rich… As each turn ends, players evaluate their score. Will they have enough victory points to win? This board game is for 2 to 5 players ages 10 and up. It takes about 60 minutes to play.
Between 1845 and 1870, many expeditions were penetrating the heartland of Africa. Names like Burton, Speke, Baker and Livingstone are set is stone: they became true heroes of the modern world. As manager of a colonial trading company, you initially have only limited resources. Each round, a bidding structure decides the order of turns. Although bidding is costly, rewards may be rich. Resources, conflict, choice of actions, wholesale trading and players' reputations are all matters of concern in this smooth and fast playing game.