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St. Petersburg

4.1 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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  • Spiel des Jahres, Nominee - 2004
  • Great strategy game
  • Historical theme
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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.

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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.

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Product Dimensions 10.8 x 7.5 x 2.6 inches
Item Weight 1.4 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B0006HCWH6
Item model number RGG242
Manufacturer recommended age 10 - 14 years
Best Sellers Rank #356,471 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#8,957 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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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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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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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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Many years ago I was introduced to St. Petersburg. This game was actually the first one I ever played in the German/Euro genre of games and I loved it because:

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.
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