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Refreshed and upgraded game components makes an incredible game even better
on January 9, 2012
Puerto Rico is one of the best selling, and among the highest rated euro board games (according to [...]) to date. It's an incredibly deep game heavily rooted in strategy with minimal luck that is not out of reach of more casual players. That said, there are more than enough reviews about the game itself, so I'll focus the attention of on what's changed with this special, limited edition release.
The anniversary edition comes with a welcome facelift and more than several notable changes that enhance the overall gameplay experience:
Colonists and nobles are no longer round bits that can roll off tables. These have been replaced by larger, hexagonal blocks that are easier to grab not only during gameplay but making setup easier.
Goods are now in the shape of crates, and fit the shipping theme of the game much better. New artwork can be found on nearly everything! Player mats, role cards, plantations, quarries, cargo/colonist ships, VP chips, etc. Building pieces are now beautifully illustrated with bonuses abbreviated (for seasoned players), while the other side remains text heavy as the original should you prefer one or the other.
Doubloons are no longer cardboard bits, but have been upgraded to metal coins. All cardboard game pieces are double the thickness of the original game. No plastic divider tray has been included for organization, although plastic bags are included as a dissappointing alternative.
The rulebook now includes an official 2 player gameplay variant, and the whole lot includes both expansions: The nobles expansion along with the alternate buildings expansion released in 2002. All of this is boxed in a beautiful, dark brown box contrasted with gold accents for text and illustration.
Something to note, my copy of the game came with no additional game pieces. If you're unfortunate enough to lose a game piece down the road, god help you in finding a replacement for this limited production run. Just weeks after release, the Rio Grande site has already listed this anniversary edition as "Out Of Print".
In conclusion, this is a great way to experience Puerto Rico for those that are new to this board game or have been holding off on picking up a copy. Those looking to upgrade need to ask themselves if the "upgraded" gameplay experience is worth the extra money, since nothing in regards to gameplay execution has changed. Big fans of Puerto Rico and collectors should consider this set a must buy!
I've posted some pictures of the new game tiles along with a storage solution I found that fits in the original box along with the game mats. For those who are curious, I custom made my PR gamemat using a lazy susan purchased here on Amazon.
Link below for more details on how to make on yourself!