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- For 2-4 players
- Spiel des Jahres, Nominee - 2004
- Great strategy game
- Historical theme
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By Rio Grande Games
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.
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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.
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.
Easy to learn
Quick to play
All around fun
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.
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.
1. It finished in less than an hour
2. It felt like there was very little luck involved
To this day, I still like to play a game or two of St. Petersburg for anyone who is up to it. I recently ended up getting this for a friend who I thought would like a 'skill' strategy game. In truth, there is still an element of luck involved but only mildly so.
For anyone who has ever taken a finance class, the game essentially requires you to invest in assets that maximize your net present value. I'm not in finance, but my friend is... which is why I thought he'd like it. In any case, each thing you can buy (worker, building, aristocrat) basically pays out like a bond in either money or points. However, only points earn you a victory so the challenge to the game is managing how you choose to allocate your investments between items that earn you money (rubles) and items that earn you points and changing that allocation as the game progresses.
For this reason, it may seem like there are very few winning strategies to the game, since everyone is generally trying to do the same thing only the timing for which they do it may be different. However, I think the game is highly re-playable because of the variation in options that present themselves each game (and your control over those options). Usually the cards will dictate your exact strategy and more specifically, the timing of your strategy.
When every player is playing "mistake-free", this usually results in games where every player has a nearly equal opportunity to win.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great game if you can find other strategy board game nerds to play with you.Published 10 months ago by adopted son
I am an avid gamer and this game is great! It is engaging and challenging, but it isn't too difficult to scare people away from playing. The play time isn't too long. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Samuel Howell
I played this game just in time to keep an eye out for the second edition because I really liked it.
This is a somewhat economic tableau building game. Read more
I really enjoy the mechanics in this game, everything seems to be very well thought through. The game needs all you need to play, including an outer ring for counting up points... Read morePublished on February 7, 2014 by N. Polyanskaya
Whatever you do, DO buy and play this only with the Expansion (The New Society and Banquet). This adds a 5th player element and a lot of new cards for new workers, new buildings,... Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by M. Frost
I'm an avid board gamer who has run gaming groups in the Portland, OR community for almost 10 years. This game is one of my favorites, easy to learn, challenging to master. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Amy
This is a great game. Perfect mix of strategy and luck. Relatively short to play (about 2 hours) but leave more time when learning. The expansion is nice.Published on January 2, 2013 by jps
I play this game often online and had to own it. Great for strategy game lovers! Unlike most games I have not gotten tired of playing it over and over again. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by joats