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Archipelago

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In Archipelago, players are Renaissance European powers competing in the exploration of a Pacific or Caribbean archipelago.
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In Archipelago, players are Renaissance European powers competing in the exploration of a Pacific or Caribbean archipelago. They will explore territories, harvest resources, use those resources in markets both internal (for their use and that of the natives) and foreign (to sell it in Europe), build markets, harbors, cities and temples, and negotiate among themselves (and maybe betray each other) – all this to complete their secret objectives. They will also need to guess the secret objective of the other players to be able to benefit from them.

But players also need to be careful of the natives; if they make them too unhappy or if too many of them are unoccupied, they could revolt and declare independence. Then everyone will lose!

According to the author, what he’s tried to create is a "German" economic worker-placement game, but without the two things he dislikes in them: the superficial theme and the lack of interaction. Indeed this game includes a very present theme and a lot of negotiation and potential backstabbing.

The game includes three sets of objectives, enabling players to choose between a short, medium and a long game. Solo play is also possible with an expansion.

Ludically
SS-LUD-ARC
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Data sheet

Minimum number of players
2
Maximum number of players
5
Age
14+
Playing time
4 hours or longer
Language
English
Language dependent
Extensive use of text
Designer
Christophe Boelinger
How many players?
For 2
How many players?
Small groups (2-4)
How many players?
Big groups (5-6)
Game mechanism
Worker placement
Game mechanism
Area Control
Game mechanism
Auction
Game mechanism
Negotiation
Artist
Chris Quilliams
Artist
Ismaël Pommaz
Artist
Vincent Boulanger