Batavia Board Game
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- Family game
- East India Sea Merchant game
- Beginners to advanced players
- Strategy game
- Playing time: 45 - 60 minutes
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About 400 years ago, merchants from many different countries organized themselves into companies, making it easier for them to send larger fleets of ships to the Far East. They hoped for huge profits from these voyages. In Batavia you are one of these merchants. Win the auction of ship cards and you also win start player for the round. Lay down as many ship cards as you can for the trading post you want to travel to, in an effort to win the majority seal. Winning the majority seal allows you to move to that trading post. Pick up the commodity by taking the trading post title off the game board. Trade in trading posts for gold. Mark the commodity with one of your crates. Points will be given at the end of the game to the player or players with the most crates in each of these commodities. During the game, pirates threat to attack! As players lay down ship cards for the various countries, move the ship cubes for those countries up the ship cube cannon track. The cannon moves up this very same track for every ship card that is played. Once the cannon reaches 25 in a 4 - 5 player game, the country with the most ship cards laid down are blown up, meaning they are removed from the game and ship cubes and cannon are reset accordingly. When a player plays ship cards and can no longer find the matching trading post on the board, the game comes to an end with all players having one last chance to get to a trading post. Batavia can be played by 3 - 5 players ages 10 and up, in 60 minutes. Travel to the most lucrative trading posts in the Far East. Collect the most commodities to win. In Batavia!.
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In the game of Batavia, players are merchants who use ships (including the ship Batavia!) to visit the trading posts of the five East India Companies throughout Asia (including the city Batavia!). By playing Ship cards, you can gain "majorities", which will earn you the right to different commodities, which in turn will translate to money that will win the game! So go ahead and hop back in time on the good ship Batavia, and head to the city of Batavia to see if you can make some lucrative profits as part of the spice trade!
' great components and fantastic artwork
' very interesting mechanics, different
' quick game play
' good interaction
' easy rules
' very balanced (different ways of scoring)
' theme doesn't seem to fit mechanics
' not easy to teach, need to see entire game working together
Is Batavia for you? As always, that's going to be a matter of taste, but one of the strengths of Batavia is that it has something about it that gives it a unique flavour. It's not going to be an outstanding or innovative or deep gamers game by any means, and it wouldn't be fair to judge it as such. It will primarily appeal to people who are looking for a good medium/light-medium weight game that can be played in under an hour, that isn't too brain burning and yet still allows good tactical decision making, and has high production value and solid interaction. Since these are precisely the elements that many gamers are looking for, the good ship Batavia might just be well worth taking a closer look! - EndersGame @ BGG
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