San Juan


Designers Andreas Seyfarth
Publishers Alea
Year released2004
Playing time (minutes)60
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Reviewsdereview  (19.02.2004) by Aaron
dereport  (09.05.2014) by Walter
Individual ratingsAaron: 7, Arpad: 8, Basti: 8, Günther: 8, Peter: 8, Walter: 7, Horst: 9
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Game of the Month
March 2004
For some reason there are several succesful card game versions of german board games, more than the other way round. It worked with “Settlers of Catan” and even “Starfarers of Catan” (most people even argue that the card game versions are much better), why not “Puerto Rico” as well? “San Juan” is easy to pick up for all who know “Puerto Rico”, but it plays quicker and in a more relaxed way, like a card game. There is less decision as the game is somewhat dependent on card draw, but it’s easier to develop a stategy based on buildings, which sometimes can depend on the actions of the other players in the original. There are also enough new ideas and mechanisms in there to make this game an interesting one. That’s why we recommend it!