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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  Pizarro & Co. / Magellan
Theme:  Exploration
Genre:  Auction & Bidding
Format:  Board Games


original German edition of Pizarro & Co.

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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 45 minutes 3-6

Designer(s): Tom Lehmann

Publisher(s): Hans im Gluck

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Product Description

Product Awards

Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2002
Deutscher Spiele Preis
10th place, 2002

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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 5 in 2 reviews

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So Simple, So Good!
May 10, 2003

This is a wonderful auction game with lots to keep it from getting stale too soon. It is very easy to figure out how to play, difficult (or tricky perhaps) to decide the BEST way to play, and enjoyable each playing.

There is no luck, and with four different board set-ups, good variety each time you play. I have only tried it with 3 players, but can say it plays very well this way. I think it could only get better with 4-5, without adding too much to the game length.

For $20.00 it's a good buy. Components are very good, colorful and should hold up well to many many playings, which is what this game deserves.

Well recommended.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
A wonderful quick auction game
August 05, 2002

This game has several things going for it:

1) The game works as well with 3 players as it does with 6 players.

2) There are interesting strategies that emerge depending on the amount of players (adding to the re-playability).

3) The game does not last very long regardless of the amount of players. A 3 or 4-player game can easily be finished in less than 30 minutes where as a 6-player game should take less than 50 minutes. In fact, you can teach and play a 4-player game in less than 45 minutes!

This makes the game a great addition to any game closet. It can be played at game clubs in between the heavy games and will be enjoyed because it has almost no random factors (except when non-experienced players decide to over-bid on items that are imperative to your winning strategy). Since the game in highly interactive and has fairly simple rules, it should also be enjoyed by many non-gamers.

As you might already know, my master plan is to promote European style games to all of my 'normal' American friends and this is one of those rare gems that will help further my endeavor. I entreat you to also convert our unsuspecting Hollywood fanatics by inviting your co-workers over for dinner and a game. Remember that any successful conversion places another star by your name in the eternal afterlife!

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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