The players are plantation owners in Puerto Rico in the days when ships had sails. Growing up to five different kind of crops: Corn, Indigo, Coffee, Sugar and Tobacco, they must try to run their business more efficiently than their close competitors; growing crops and storing them efficiently, developing San Juan with useful buildings, deploying their colonists to best effect, selling crops at the right time, and most importantly, shipping their goods back to Europe for maximum benefit.
A novel game system lets players choose the order of the phases in each turn by allowing each player to choose a role from those remaining when it is their turn. No role can be selected twice in the same round. The player who selects the best roles to advance their position during the game will win
In 2002, it won first place at SpielePreis and was a finalist in the Spiel des Jahres. Games Magazine ranked it as the best advanced strategy game of 2003, and it is currently the top ranked game at www.boardgamegeek.com.
Players: 3-5 Ages: 12+ Time: 2 hours