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Kennerspiel des Jahres
Game of the Year, 2014

Ages Play Time Players
10+ 50+ minutes 2-5

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Product Description

Hustle and bustle in the bazaar district of Istanbul: merchants and their assistants are hurrying through the narrow alleys attempting to be more successful than their competitors. Good organization is key: wheelbarrows have to be filled with goods at the warehouses and then swiftly transported by the assistants to the various destinations. The goal of the merchants is to be the first to collect a certain amount of rubies.

You are leading a merchant and four assistants through the 16 Places of the bazaar. At each Place, you can carry out a specific action. The challenge is that, to carry out an action at any of those Places, your merchant needs the help of an assistant and has to leave him behind. To use that assistant again later, your merchant has to come back to that Place and pick him up. So plan ahead carefully to avoid being left with no assistants and thus unable to do anything...

Product Awards

Kennerspiel des Jahres
Game of the Year, 2014

Product Information


  • 16 Place tiles
  • 5 Wheelbarrows
  • 15 Wheelbarrow extensions
  • 26 Bonus cards
  • 16 Mosque tiles
  • 10 Demand tiles
  • 12 Gold coins
  • 15 Silver coins
  • 30 Copper coins
  • 1 Starting player marker
  • 5 Merchants
  • 25 Assistants
  • 5 Family members
  • 20 Good indicators
  • 4 Mail indicators
  • 1 Governor
  • 1 Smuggler
  • 2 six-sided dice
  • 32 Rubies
  • 5 Overviews
  • 7 Stickers
  • Rulebook
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Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4 in 1 review

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Hurry up! Gems are going!
September 04, 2015

This super fast, very fun game is a race! A race for gems! As a merchant you will walk the streets of Istanbul sorrounded by asistants, that will do all the hard work. You must gather spices, exotic fruits, fabrics, jewels and also money. Your cart is very small so if you want to grab a lot of this items, you must expand it. Your nephew will help you to, but he is not an honest worker, so you must get him out of jail.

You can get the necessary gems to win the game by exchanging resources or buying them with money. There are a lot of cards and there is no limit for use them, they became very helpful.

But after all the game is a race and you can't prevent the other players of getting the gems. Both mosques have tiles that are very important and helpful, also getting both of them gives you a gem. Are very easy to get early in the game, so go and get them, cause they rapidly get harder to acquire. The same goes for the direct exchange of resources for gems.

Again, very fast game, very fun. The different layout of the tiles make every game different. So much fun!

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