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St. Petersburg


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  • For 2-4 players
  • Spiel des Jahres, Nominee - 2004
  • Great strategy game
  • Historical theme
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.5 x 2.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0006HCWH6
  • Item model number: RGG242
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 - 14 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,803 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Product Description

RGG242 Saint Petersburg Game

By Rio Grande Games

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 30 minutes
Ages: 10 and up

Baroque palaces, wide boulevards, and elegant bridges: St Petersburg. On May 16, 1703, Czar Peter the Great lays the foundation for the first building. Quickly impressive buildings are erected that are ever more grand and beautiful. Such buildings bring the aristocracy glory and the players victory points. But you need traders to bring the rubles necessary for all this magnificence, otherwise, the buildings are empty and bare. But the competition never sleeps and may grab needed cards right from under your nose. St Petersburg: the card game of beautiful living on the Neva.

From the Manufacturer

On May 16, 1703, Czar Peter the Great lays the foundation for the first building in St. Petersburg. Quickly, impressive buildings are erected that are ever more grand and beautiful. Such buildings bring glory to the aristocracy and victory points to the players. But you need traders to bring the rubles necessary for all this magnificence, otherwise, the buildings are empty and bare. The competition never sleeps and may grab needed cards right from under your nose. This game is for 2 to 4 players and takes about 45 minutes to play.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The game works best with four players but can be played with three.
Joshua Koppel
There is also an expansion of this game that allows a 5th player plus adds new cards to the game, and I'd highly recommend the expansion as well.
Shrack
What's great about this game is that every time you play, a different strategy can win.
Lor

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Orome on May 13, 2005
A vexing and deep game of resource management and timing, St. Petersburg is one of the best and most intense games of the past few years--perhaps a bit too intense. In games with a small number of experienced players who are all playing well, this game has two problems: first, a single mistake early in the game can be nearly impossible to recover from and, second, the randomness of play order can give advantages (especially early in the game) that are hard for other players to overcome. Taken together these problems limit replayability, making it more of a challenging puzzle to be solved than an enjoyable gaming experience. They also limit opportunities to recruit new players: the gap between a novice and an experienced player is just too large.

Still, for those who enjoy intense puzzle games, where every nuance and gesture counts, and where a single draw or error can completely change the balance of power, St. Petersburg is about as good as it gets.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on June 12, 2006
Workers, buildings and nobles are needed to gain supremacy in Old Russia. Although mostly a card game, a board is used to help keep things straight and keep score. Players want to have the most fame points to win at the end of the game. Play follows four phases that are each scored as they end. First workers are collected in the worker phase. They tend to generate money. In the Building phase buildings are built. These usually produce fame but can produce money. Next, nobles are brought in. These generate fame and or money. They are also very important at the end of the game as they offer large bonuses. Finally, an upgrade phase allows the other three types to be improved.

A different player goes first in each phase and the sequence rotates after each complete cycle. Workers, buildings, nobles and upgrades are in the form of cards. Money is handles as paper Rubles. Small wooden tokens are used to keep track of who goes first. On each phase, cards are played into a pool with limited spaces. If cards are left over from a previous phase, they take up some of the spaces. Sometimes a player must take a card to ensure there will be enough spaces in the next phase so they will have a chance at getting one. Money is very important at the beginning of the game but it is fame points that will win it in the end (the end of a cycle where one or more card decks have run out). The more nobles you have at the end the better.

The game consists of a game board for laying out the cards and keeping score along the edges, four decks corresponding to the four phases, paper money, wooden phase tokens, and eight small player tokens. The game works best with four players but can be played with three. Game time runs between an hour and an hour and a half although speed is influenced by familiarity with the game. Very fun and good strategy without having to keep track of dozens of different things. It is an easy game to pick up and follow. Check it out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Max C. on November 24, 2012
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The game of St. Petersburg is great: It's fun, easy to play, and quick to learn. All around the game is entertaining, that is the first couple of times you play it.

This game does not hold after a couple of rounds. I found it easily look over when compared to games like Catan, Dominion, or Agricola. It just does not have the set ability to make people want to keep playing it. I found myself playing to one set strategy and not really looking for more ways to win.

The best part of the games is that it is played in about 30-40 minutes with four people, so if you do not have a lot of time, but wanna play a game, this one works.

Pros:

Easy to learn
Quick to play
All around fun

Cons:

Not very re-playable
Not very many "winning" strategies

My recommendation is that you look into other card games first like Dominion, Munchkins, or Race for the Galaxy before trying this one, and if you really like card games this one is an okay addition to your roster.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shrack on April 23, 2009
St. Petersburg, at its core, is a fun and exciting light strategy game. It is a "Euro" game (meaning that it was originally made and designed in Europe), and as such, the emphasis is placed more on strategy/tactical thinking (ex. chess/checkers) as opposed to random luck (such as with dice) (ex. Monopoly/Risk). The game breaks down into 4 phases:
1. Workers (generates rubles (money))
2. Buildings (generates victory pts.)
3. Administrator/Noble (cheaper ones generate money, more expensive ones generate both victory pts. and money)
4. Upgrade (buy upgrade and swap out one of your other worker/bldg/admin. for the upgrade version)

During each of the four phases, players take turns executing actions (buying, taking a card into hand, playing card from hand, etc.)(you can play cards out of phase (ex. playing a worker during the admin phase)) (
Each phase ends after all the players consecutively pass.). After each of the first three phases, the respective cards (workers/bldgs./admins.) pay out (money/victory pts.). After the upgrade phase, players rotate who goes first during each phase and a new round begins. The game progresses until all the cards in one of the piles have been used up, at which point the game continues to the end of the round. Bonus pts. are then awarded based on the number of different types of admins. you have in play plus 1 pt. for every 10 rubles you have left over.

The game is great fun. It is a staple of the gaming groups I play with. It is light and doesn't have a steep learning curve. The groups I play this with can whip through a game of this in about 30 mins. or less, but again, it is a staple of my gaming group (hence the alacrity of play). There is also an expansion of this game that allows a 5th player plus adds new cards to the game, and I'd highly recommend the expansion as well.
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