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Hansa Board Game

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  • GAMES Magazine Best Family Strategy Game Runner Up 2005
  • International Gamers Awards Best Strategy Game Nominee 2004
  • Deutscher SpielePreis 9th Place 2004
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Compete to become Master of the Hanseatic city-states during the 14th Century. You will criss-cross the Baltic Sea in a merchant ship, always on the lookout for a chance to acquire valuable wares. Set up networks of market booths within the cities, which allow you to resell the goods at the right time, thus increasing your wealth and power. End the game with the greatest profits to emerge the winner! Players: 2-4 Ages: 10 and up Playing Time: 45 minutes

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Product Dimensions 12 x 1 x 8 inches
Item Weight 1.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.9 pounds
ASIN B0006HCWIK
Manufacturer recommended age 10 months and up
Best Sellers Rank #781,595 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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Game designer Michael Schacht first released Hansa in 2004, and there's good reason it's still being published and made available today: it's an excellent game of its type. Suitable for 2-4 players, and arguably at its best with two or three, it's a pickup-and-deliver game that has players travelling in a shared ship to the various cities of the Hanseatic League, trading goods at the various ports in order to earn victory points. On your turn you can either buy or sell goods in the port you are visiting, or set up a market booth there. It's highly regarded as a very clever tactical game with straight-forward rules and tough decisions, and is a classic of the genre that you really ought to know about.

The basic concept of Hansa has players trade goods using a pickup-and-deliver mechanism. Players take on the role of merchants who buy and sell goods, and set up markets, along a shipping route in Northern Europe. The thematic flavour takes a back-seat role to the somewhat dry mechanics; although the redemptive qualities of the game-play compensate for this, and the pickup-and-deliver mechanic ensures it is less abstract than many other euros. Of particular note is the extremely elegant design that features simple rules which require many challenging choices. Hansa gives room for a great deal of clever play, that requires engaging and tough strategic decisions. Many of the challenging decisions players will have to make are sharply tactical in nature, making Hansa somewhat "puzzle-like" in character. While avoiding viciousness, there's also significant opportunity for a healthy degree of interaction.

From the perspective of design, Hansa is an outstanding Michael Schacht game, and one of his best.
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The game materials were of superior quality. The rules are well thought out, simple enough for youth but suprisingly subtle and challenging for adults who like to think ahead and optimize. No luck involved beyond the initial random shuffle of the goods markers. After that, game play depends entirely on the decisions of the players. There is a good balance among the consequences of player's decisions, allowing for offense and defense strategy. I consider my money well spent for this purchase.
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Very simple game that is enjoyable. I taught it easily to my 12 year old and we enjoy it.
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I've only played it once so far (with two players), but it was a pretty good strategy game. Just don't play with someone who will insist on analyzing every possible move before taking their turn.

Also, why are you looking for reviews here rather than boardgamegeek?
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