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San Juan (Second Edition)



San Juan: An extraordinary card game based on Puerto Rico with a wide variety of playing options for long-term fun. Includes New Buildings expansion, plus a bonus building.

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San Juan: An extraordinary card game - based on the highly-acclaimed strategy game Puerto Rico - with a wide variety of playing options for long-term fun. Includes New Buildings expansion, plus a brand new bonus building.

Puerto Rico's golden age returns... with your help!. Players thoughtfully develop the capital city of this beautiful island. Which roles will you choose? Which buildings will you construct? Palaces or cathedrals, silver smelters or gold mines, libraries or banks - each has its own special features. Only the cleverest player will win the game!

In San Juan, as in the board game Puerto Rico, players choose roles which can help all players, but the choosing player gets a special privilege with the role chosen. Players build buildings, produce and sell goods, and so on. The game is based on Puerto Rico, but different enough to give players new challenges and opportunities for fun and enjoyment.

The pack of 110 cards consists of production buildings (indigo, sugar, tobacco, coffee, and silver) and violet special buildings that grant special powers or extra victory points. Cards from the hand can be either built or used as money to build something else. Cards from the deck are used to represent goods produced by the production buildings, in which case they are left face-down. A seven-card hand limit is enforced once per round.

In each round of San Juan - or governorship - each player in turn selects from one of the available roles, triggering an event that usually affects all players, such as producing goods or building. The person who picks the role gets a privilege, such as producing more goods or building more cheaply.

Though similar in concept to Puerto Rico, San Juan has many different mechanics. In particular, there are no colonists and no shipping of goods; goods production and trading are normally limited to one card per phase; and trades cannot be blocked.

Victory points are gained exclusively by building, and the game ends as soon as one player has put up 12 buildings.

San Juan Second Edition includes all the cards of the original game as well as the additional building cards from the alea Treasure Chest, but not the event cards from that expansion. San Juan Second Edition also contains a new building card not previously available: The Hut, a building that grants a card when nothing is sold in the trader phase.

Contents: 143 playing cards; 6 role cards; 5 trading house tiles; 1 Cathedral; 1 scoring pad; 1 pencil; easy-to-read color instructions.


Number of Players 2 to 4
Playing Time 45 to 60 minutes
Suggested Ages 10 and up
Demo Available Yes
Mechanics card game, economic, city builiding, hand management, variable phase order, Puerto Rico
Designer Seyfarth, Andreas
Illustrator Harald Lieske
Publisher Ravensburger
Year Published 2015
Binding Box
Condition New


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