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The merchant stands at the dock and checks his heavily loaded ship again. It lies at sea, all set to return richly loaded -- after long and dangerous journeys -- with furs from Nowgorod Russia or beer from Bremen.
He must watch out for the pirates or the enormous storms in the North and Baltic Seas can destroy his plans.
Will he have the necessary luck and fate in order to trade the best goods? Then loose the sails, and brave the wind, waves and pirates!
This is a fascinating game, in that you are partnered with two other players. However, only one player can win. Each player has different goals, so you have to cooperate enough to fulfil your goal, but not so much that one of your partners fulfils his first.
Basically, you have an interest in two ships, which sail through the North and Baltic seas, gathering and exchanging cargo. Each player moves both ships in which he has an interest on each turn. There are seven types of goods, with exchange being limited and in two levels, so ships must sail back and forth between the seas. The goods have variable victory points. The first player to fill his warehouse gets a victory point bonus, and then the other players have one more turn to try to fill their warehouses before points are totaled.
Random events liven up the game, and include blockades of various harbors, pirates, storms, and movement rate changes. The components are printed in German, but translations are provided.
Overall, the game is an interesting one, with a lot of possibilities and replay value. As a bonus, the graphics are some of the best I have ever seen and add a lot of flavor to the game.
We played with four players. All gamers of the competitive nature. They did not like sharing or cooperating with each other. This game is all about cooperation. You share a ship with both players next to you. As all games we play are normally very 'kill your opponents'. Well the bottom line is the game is very well done. The graphics are amazing. The way the cards blend into the color of the board is sharp. If you like to share small victories with your fellow players on the road to shafting them when it really counts, then you have to get this game. I liked it far more than my friends. They do not put up with the German text in the cards very well. This is one I will have to try on my non-gaming friend/couples. Not a must have for most. But very different and a solid gaming experience for cooperation game lovers.