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San Juan


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  • The cleverest player will build well and win
  • For 2-4 players
  • Great strategy game
  • Tons of replay value
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 1.5 inches ; 15.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: Czech Republic
  • ASIN: B0006HCA82
  • Item model number: 238
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,344 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Puerto Rico's golden age returns. Through you! Players travel now to the capital city of this beautiful island. Who will build the most important buildings? Players build palaces, poor houses, silver smelters, gold mines, and many others - each with its own special features. The cleverest player will build well and win! As with the board game, players choose roles which can help all players, but the choosing player gets a special privilege with the role chosen. Players build buildings, produce and sell goods, and so on. The game is based on Puerto Rico, but different enough to give players new challenges and opportunities for fun and enjoyment.

From the Manufacturer

"Puerto Rico's golden age returns. Through you! Players travel now to the capital city of this beautiful island. Who will build the most important buildings? Players build palaces, poor houses, silver smelters, gold mines, and many others - each with its own special features. The cleverest player will build well and win! As with the board game, players choose roles which can help all players, but the choosing player gets a special privilege with the role chosen. Players build buildings, produce and sell goods, and so on. The game is based on Puerto Rico, but different enough to give players new challenges and opportunities for fun and enjoyment. Fun.

Customer Reviews

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If you like the game Puerto Rico, you will love this game (and it will be much easier to learn how to play!).
Emily
A little luck in terms of what cards you draw and how much resources are worth (this is randomly selected each time you draw the Trader role).
El Tonio
We have taught several people the game within about 10 minutes, and after we've played one round, they understand it well.
LMarie

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87 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Atomicwasteland VINE VOICE on January 3, 2007
I am an ex-computer games junkie and was always playing city building games like Civilization. I don't have the time I once did, and I am not spending the hours on the computer like I used to. Well, this Christmas I received this game and was pleasantly surprised. After the first game I knew we had a winner. We proceeded to play it four more times over the next few days.

Why do I like this game?

It can be played with TWO people. Yes, it may not be quite as exciting with two people (as it is with three or four), but it is still fun. I will say, however, that it is nice to vary the number of people you play with. Four people is fun in a way that three is not. Three is fun in a way two is not. There are cards that get played a lot more often in larger games, and the strategy changes based on the number of people you have. For example, with four people you are almost always trading your goods each round, so it is important to build a strong economy. (This is not as important with two or three players, where building might be your priority).

This game doesn't require any special equipment -like a board- and it is very portable. (You might even be able to play it on a plane.)

The games last about 45 minutes (at the longest) so you really can get a quick play in before moving on to something else. There are no worries that the game is going to go on forever. Basically, the game ends when ANYONE has built 12 buildings, so no matter how complex a strategy you have, if you don't hurry it up and time it to coincide with the quickest builder in your gaming party, you might lose.

Another thing that makes it fun: You DON'T keep score during the game (like with Scrabble or Hearts), so you don't really know how you are doing during the game.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By LMarie on February 6, 2006
San Juan has quickly become our favorite game, and we are an avid game-playing family.

San Juan is the card game version of "Puerto Rico" by Rio Grande Games. We purchased "San Juan" because it can be played with 2-4 players, and we often only have two people available to play.

The concept is loosely based on the idea that you are in San Juan, Puerto Rico. You are building manufacturing facilities to produce goods such as indigo, sugar, tobacco, coffee, and silver. Also, you may build other privileges or benefits as an owner - for example, you might choose to build a Quarry, which allows you to build certain types of buildings for a lower price. As your manufacturing facilities produce goods, you trade them on the market, make more "money", and build more buildings.

It's difficult to explain the basic concept without being able to show you the cards, but it is a very easy game to learn. We have taught several people the game within about 10 minutes, and after we've played one round, they understand it well.

This game is surprisingly different every time we play. Strategy is important, but luck does affect the success of whatever strategy you use. Generally speaking, the games are generally very close in score.

A few things we love about this game are:

- once you've played it a couple of times, you can play a game in 20-30 minutes.

- the game seems drastically different whether you play with 2, 3, or 4 players.

- easy setup & cleanup. You need very little table space to play the game.

- it's a very accessible game. People ages 10 and up learn it quickly and enjoy it!

We learned this game first, then we tried "Puerto Rico". You do not need to know one game to understand the other.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mike on January 13, 2010
I wanted to wait until the honeymoon (with the game) was over before finally reviewing it. I got it for Christmas and my wife and I were instantly hooked. Recently we were able to play it with 2 other people, and they picked it up very quickly. It does not take very long to play.

It is an amazingly simple, strategic, and fun card game. For those who might not have known, it is a stand alone card game, it is not an expansion, and you don't need Puerto Rico (the game it is based on) to play or understand San Juan. I have had an easy time teaching this game to other people and they were really surprised by it. It is a casual "hey lets play a game real quick" or "beer and pretzel" game that everyone seems to enjoy. San Juan is a great first step into the non-hasbro board games, and it comes in a nice small box with quality cards. I plan on throwing this in my luggage when visiting in-laws.

I can easily say that San Juan is a must own, whether you frequently play board/card games or not, and I can easily recommend this for families who like to play games, with or without mixed ages.

If it were lost, stolen, or ruined I would definitely buy another.

Side Note:
We bought Puerto Rico after owning this which is also a great game but is definitely a different animal. We also own Race for the Galaxy which I enjoy more, but only because of the sci-fi nerd in me. RFTG is just a hair different and possibly deeper, but San Juan is way more user friendly, a lot easier to teach others to play, and people are generally more accepting of its non-nerdy visual appeal. Truth is I am happy playing either one.
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