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Spirit Games (Est. 1984) - Supplying role playing games (RPG), wargames rules, miniatures and scenery, new and traditional board and card games for the last 20 years sells San Juan

San Juan


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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 building has its own special features. Only the cleverest player will win the game.

An extraordinary card game with a wide variety of playing options for long-term fun.


  • 143 cards
  • 6 role cards
  • 5 trading house tiles
  • 1 Cathedral
  • 1 scoring pad
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 rule booklet

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By SplendorFan From Burton in
Engine building, tableau building card game that plays fast and smooth, is simple to pick up but offers good depth of strategy in my opinion. The game sees players constructing buildings, producing goods and trading those goods in order to get the most victory points. They do this by choosing roles each turn that allow them to perform different actions, with the player who picked that role getting a bonus, in much the same way as Race for the Galaxy (in fact these two games are very similar as the designers collaborated and produced similar games with different themes). Players pay the cost for buildings by discarding cards from their hand, and players will look for more cards to draw into their hand by choosing the Councillor role from the row of 5 role tiles. Players can also produce goods and sell them for current market value, and this in turn gets more cards into your hand as well. Players continue to seek to get cards and carefully decide which cards to build into their tableau, in order to build the best points engine. Players can also build civic buildings into their tableau which often produce victory points based on how many of certain card types you have in your tableau. There are other buildings which offer further bonuses depending on which role is chosen, and other buildings let you store cards beneath them as victory points. The game plays well at two players and because each player gets to perform the role that other players choose (albeit without the privilege or bonus action) the game has little downtime and therefore engages the players throughout. There is little interaction with other players admittedly, but if you fancy a nice light 'civ-building' type card game then this really is a time-honoured classic.

By Oridyne From Staffs in United Kingdom

In this game you aim to build 12 buildings, each worth varying amounts of VP's. Each turn you pick a role which allows you a bonus when taking the role's action. In order to build a building you have to pay its value in cards from your hand, some buildings produce goods when that action is taken, others have special functions which aid you during the game, others just have VP values.

Once the first person has built the 12th building then everyone scores what they have built, the highest scorer winning the game.

It is a great little game and whilst it does rely on a certain amount of luck with the cards there is plenty of scope for strategy especially when deciding on when and what role to pick.

By Pallet Ranger From Staffs in UK
Having never before played Puerto Rico, and therefore not having much idea what I was letting myself in for, I bought this game on impulse last weekend. Since when, I have hardly played any other games. This is an extremely enjoyable, challenging game and yet is beautifully simple in it's dynamics.

Essentially the players play against each other to build various types of building each of which have their own bonus to the player. In order to build players must discard the relevant number of cards from their hands - which in itself causes some tough decisions to be made when you find you have to discard a building that you know is useful to you later in the game. The game ends when a player has played (built) 12 buildings - although the first player to do so is not necessarily the winner as each building gives a certain amount of victory points, which are totalled with the highest score winning. This is one game that i have no hesitation at all in recommending to anyone.

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Playing Time
40-60 minutes
Game Type
Hand Management
Card Games
No. Players
2-4 Players
Andreas Seyfarth
10 +
Manufacturer's Code
81 205 9

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