A strategic colony building game for 2-5 players where you build a Caribbean plantation and gain victory points for shipping goods back to the old world. The game revolves around the "variable phase order" mechanic--every player selects a general action to be taken by everyone while gaining a ...

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Seating orders effect on Puerto Rico

Within my group its taken for granted that some seats in Puerto Rico are better (if only slightly) than others. There's a general consensus that 3rd and 4th seat are strictly better than 1st, where ...
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How to minimize Puerto Rico setup time?

It takes quite a lot of time to set up Puerto Rico, especially when switching between games with a different numbers of players; a quarter of an hour I'd say. The problem is that it is rather time ...
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Is there a viable corn-only strategy for Puerto Rico?

In the last Puerto Rico game I played I wound up with all corn. I tried to make this work with the following strategy: Office + large market + small market for income Harbor + wharf to ship all my ...
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Evaluating tactical situations in Puerto Rico

I've been playing a bit of Puerto Rico against computers (AIs) lately. I'm doing quite well against the easier AIs so I think my overall gameplay isn't so bad but I've realized that I still have ...
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How much should the University cost?

I once read that the main regret in the design of Puerto Rico was over-pricing the University. Anyone have any guesses (or statistical analysis) as to the "correct" price?
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Do the shipping rules restrict my choices if all ships are empty?

Under page 6 of the rules it states. Loading/shipping rules: When shipping, players must follow these rules: Each cargo ship will carry goods on only one kind. Players may not load goods ...
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In Puerto Rico when using the “residence” how is “occupied island spaces” interpreted?

When playing Puerto Rico and using the residence building it states that it is based on the number of "occupied island spaces". Does this mean plantation spaces with a farm and a colonist? Or does ...
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How does tournament-level Puerto Rico deal with seat-order disparities?

It is well-known that there are disparities between the strength of various seats in Puerto Rico. How do tournaments deal with this? Please give details. I know that some competitions use bidding ...
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Viable, alternative, first round role orders in 5-player Puerto Rico

I'm a big fan of Puerto Rico. But one thing that bugs me a little bit in my (5 player) games is how stable the first round is, with regards to role choices. It (almost) always goes: Settler ...
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Alternatives to the coins supplied in Puerto Rico [closed]

After getting the Rio Grande Treasure Chest for the two Puerto Rico expansions, I want to spice up my set of Puerto Rico a little bit. Can anyone recommend any good sites where I could get physical ...
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What Makes Buildings Valuable In Puerto Rico?

I'm just learning the game, so some of my comments may seem ill-informed. But it seems that strategies fall under two categories, a commodity-based strategy and a building-based strategy. Commodities ...
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Can you build the same building more than once in Puerto Rico?

Is one player allowed to build the same building more than once in Puerto Rico? If so, do the bonuses stack, so that a player building both Large Markets would get +4 for trading? I wasn't able to ...
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Is a player required to ship on a wharf if they are able to?

In Puerto Rico, a player is required to ship as many of one good as they can in turn order. If a player has a wharf, goods available to ship, and is otherwise unable to ship goods on the available ...
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What's the difference between Puerto Rico and San Juan?

I've heard people describe San Juan as Puerto Rico's little brother. What's actually the difference? How is the game-play changed? Is it any easier to teach new people? Is it worth buying if I ...
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In Puerto Rico, When should I NOT take a Quarry when I have the opportunity to?

It's fairly easy to choose between the different plantations when the settler phase comes around as you just have to evaluate which you have the production capacity for or which you would be able to ...
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Can you select role which gives you money but you can't use it in Puerto Rico?

I have a situation where a player chooses the Trader because it has 5 coins even though he has nothing to sell in the trading house. Can he do it?
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When is it a good idea to pick the Craftsman in Puerto Rico?

At first, Craftsman seems like a great pick because it's what actually lets you actually produce goods, and if you're the one to pick it you can often produce more than everyone else. However, ...
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Factory bonus when some supply piles are exhausted

In a recent game of Puerto Rico, I had a Factory with a colonist on it, and I had manned plantations and production buildings to produce four different kinds of goods. However, when the Craftsman was ...
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Clarification on the Royal Garden from Puerto Rico expansion 2

The Royal Garden states: At game end, the owner of the occupied royal garden takes 1 VP for each noble on his island. As each noble is normally worth 1 VP (whether on a building, plantation or in ...
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Shipping goods on an empty vessel in Puerto Rico

In a recent game of Puerto Rico, I had the following situation. It was shipping time, and I had some corn and some indigo. There already was a ship half full of corn and an empty ship, too. My ...
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How difficult is Puerto Rico to learn for first time players?

I've heard a lot of good things about Puerto Rico, but from the 12-page manual it seems a little complex. I revel in the challenge of learning new and difficult games, but sadly the friends I play ...
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In Puerto Rico If only one prospector is chosen during a round, does the other one get a coin placed on it?

If only one prospector is chosen during a round, does the other one get a coin placed on it?
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In Puerto Rico, does it make sense to shift to a corn-based strategy mid-game?

One of the disadvantages of corn is that it doesn't "trade" (sell) for as much money as other crops. This point became clear in this question: On the other hand, corn is cheaper to produce than ...
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In Puerto Rico, during the Settlers phase, are players required to pick a plantation

In Puerto Rico, during the Settlers phase, are players required to pick a plantation? Do they have the option to skip picking a plantation?
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Race for the Galaxy vs. San Juan and Puerto Rico

I've seen these games compared very often, with steadfast advocates on each side (that thread has a lot of interesting stuff as well). I'm mainly concerned with: depth of strategy suitability for ...
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In Puerto Rico, how do you tell whether it is better to trade or to ship a good?

How do you choose between "trading" a good (locally) and shipping it (abroad) when the two actions have rather different reward structures? How do the relevant roles you might play (craftsman, ...
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What changes or improvement will the Puerto Rico expansion offer me?

Puerto Rico Expansion My family really liked Puerto Rico, and I'm curious what the expansion is like. The only thing it adds are new buildings and some weird rules for drafting buildings at the ...
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In Puerto Rico, what is the significance of coins being put each round on people that are not chosen?

Does this pretty much ensure that every role will be chosen after two or three rounds? (Unless there is a huge surplus of roles to players.) Coins are valuable (in most aspects of the game) after all. ...
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Puerto Rico, 3-player: Which role order in the first round?

What would be the best role choice order for the first round in a 3-player game of Puerto Rico (without extension)? I often see: Settler (→ Quarry) Builder (→ Small Indigo or Small Sugar) Major ...
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Royal Supplier in Puerto Rico Expansion II — is it all or nothing?

The rules for the Royal Supplier state: The owner of an occupied Royal Supplier can supply the Royal Warehouse (the supply) with a number of goods from his windrose equal to the number of nobles ...
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Countering Villa + Jeweler in Puerto Rico: The Nobles

A while ago I played a game of Puerto Rico with all of the buildings from Expansion II: The Nobles. One of the players pretty much had a run-away game using Villa + Jeweler, and we were pretty much ...
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Can colonists be relocated during the Mayor phase?

I've been reading the rules, and while everything is very well explained, I can't seem to determine if the colonist is fixed to the building once placed. Say I put a colonist working on the small ...
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What are the random/luck factors in Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico is generally considered as a game of mostly skill, with very little luck involved. In this regard, it is more like chess or checkers, than the typical board game that uses cards or dice. ...
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Puerto Rico - Custom gameplay tweaks to introduce player interactions

We have been playing Puerto Rico for on a regular basis. It's an excellent game, and one of the few well balanced games in buildup genre as: There is almost no luck factor involved. All of the ...
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Do “interaction” effects cause people to buy buildings in tandem in Puerto Rico?

I am asking this question because I have rarely seen this striking phenomenon addressed in other questions. By "interaction "effects, I'm referring to the fact that if you buy a production building ...
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Best game for two couples, median age 20? [closed]

I'm looking for some nonstandard board games that don't take more than two hours to complete and don't take less than thirty minutes. By nonstandard I mean other than monopoly, risk and cluedo. I've ...
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In Puerto Rico, how do you avoid “losing a game after having the most victory points?” [closed]

I'm not talking about a situation where, on the last round of the game, you had the most victory points at the end of your turn, but someone playing after you passed you by, based on the victory ...