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Frank Zittel
Germany
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10
Jun 2007*
This game really takes a few plays before it gets to its best, but then it's great fun. I don't know, I like this kind of subtle strategy games.
2007-06-05*
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Hobbit DM
Ukraine
Chernivtsi
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10
Jul 2011
The rules may seem complicated at first, but when you get it the game is really enjoyable.
2011-10-16
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Peter Franke
Germany
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9.5
Apr 2007*
I´ve now played this gem 4 times - each time with more pleasure. The playing time is right, the rules are well written and well-illustrated, and game play has a nice rhythm. I especially like that the game has a very good end-game, i.e., the longer you play, the more interesting it gets.Plus great artwork!
2007-04-12*
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Jurgen
Netherlands
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9
Apr 2007*
bought that one recently. really liked it, as did the kids.
2007-04-13*
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Glenn Drover
United States
Plainfield
Illinois
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9
Jul 2007*
Great game in the vein of St. Petersburg where the players allocate actions to money or VP generation. Rewards efficient turns.
2007-07-22*
Tobias Naesborg
Denmark
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9
Aug 2012
Perfect playing time along with good scaling factor and nice components does this board(card)-game a pleasant experience.
It does take up a lot of playing area!
All the VP will come in the endgame and it can be difficult to see who is in lead before that time arrives. But it all depends on your start and midgame.
There is a lot of complains about the balance in the missions, but I have seen all of them win and with more experience you get better to see through them.

2007-10-11*
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Jan Ostmann
Germany
München (Munich)
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9
May 2008*
(2-4) - 45 Min.
2008-05-16*
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Thom Parkin
United States
Lady Lake
Florida
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9
Sep 2009*
Although the rules are well written, this game is a bit difficult to understand at first.
The reward for your effort is great, though.
One of the few games that becomes more challenging and more strategic as you gain experience playing.
2009-09-12
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Barry Wonson
Australia
Wollongong
New South Wales
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8.6
Aug 2010
After first play. Good little game. Interesting decisions as to when to send explorers out, I think this one will hit the tagle regularly.
2010-08-08
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Ricardo Jorge Gomes
Portugal
Setubal
Grande Lisboa
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8.45
May 2013
Preenche uma mesa e é um jogo que em nós portugueses causa uma chama, apelando ao bichinho dentro de nós navegadores ancestrais, que nos cativa e enche de orgulho ao ver referências a Vasco da Gama, Fernão de Magalhães, Bartolomeu Dias e Pedro Alvares Cabral (com uma rota um pouco distorcida mas pronto!). Quanto ao jogo, é de dificil iniciação, mas uma vez entrados na onda as partidas desenrolam-se com facilidade e as mecânicas são transparentes, sem truques. Um jogo interessante, com um factor intrigante, pois por diversas vezes que já me aconteceu não ser o jogador que jogou melhor a ganhar...
2012-02-27
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Mike T
United States
Frederick
Maryland
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8.25
Jan 2010
Very interesting card game.
2010-02-01
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Alexandre Freitas
Brazil
Lauro de Freitas
Bahia
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8
Aug 2009*
home made
2007-05-16*
Paul Nomikos
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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8
May 2007*
Simple rules, amazing components, unique game mechanics, intriguing game play. This is a solid 9.

This is a great game. Although the rules are simple, you need to play it once to understand the long term mechanics of the game. The components are top notch and the colors and art is great.
People complain that the 4 missions are not %u201Cbalanced%u201D, but I have found that are all balanced if you know the game. If you play the game for the first time, then I agree that the missions are not %u201Cbalanced%u201D.
I will give it an 8 and not a 9 because of the missions, but for a completely different reason. I wish they had put more than 4 missions! The game would had endless possibilities. I hope there will be a mini expansion for this great game.
2007-05-21*
Christopher Gritt
United Kingdom
Brighton
East Sussex
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8
Jan 2008*
Great with two. The bonus cards are not unbalanced once you've got a few plays under your belt. I've managed to win with all four.
2008-01-05*
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patrick slyman
United States
rockport
Massachusetts
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8
Jun 2007*
Great Game and great theme! The mission cards make replay more exciting.
2007-06-26*
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Doobermite
United States
East Fallowfield
Pennsylvania
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8
Aug 2007*
Well designed and fun.
2007-08-19*
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Matti Luostarinen
Finland
Helsinki
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8
Nov 2013
a good game, but mission cards are unbalanced.
2007-08-11*
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Captain Spaulding
United States
California
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8
Mar 2009*
I really like this game. my wife finds it too long, but I don't mind the length. I love how you set the distance of your trade voyages; the further they are, the longer those boats unavailable, but longer voyages mean more profits! Not sure why more people don't talk about this game here.
2008-06-08*
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CJ Faria
United States
St. Louis
Missouri
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8
Nov 2007*
Gotta love the high seas adventure
2007-11-04*
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Andreas Burger
Italy
Bozen
Italy
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8
Nov 2007*
Very good game
2007-11-05*
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Terry
United States
carlsbad
California
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8
Jan 2008*
Surprisingly entertaining. As you'll discover... in an age. The end sneaks up very quickly, so you've got to be really careful to make sure you're not stuck with a bunch of ships. Still, nice trade off between tying ships up/earning income and sending ships off.

2009-12-04
Louis Sylvester
United States
Lewiston
Idaho
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8
Oct 2009*
This one took me by surprise. We started playing and it kept being fun. When the game was over, I had lost by a mile, yet felt really happy that I'd participated. The sign of a good game is one you can lose and still enjoy.
2008-11-24*
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Francis Kan
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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8
Dec 2009*
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2013-12-23
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Dariusz Wojnar
United Kingdom
Edinburgh
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8
Jun 2010
7
2010-06-20
Owned
Me Me
United Kingdom
Somerset
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8
Sep 2014
Great size box for the game.
Needs lots of space, but is good fun to play
2012-11-18
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Rafael Esberard

Niteroi
RJ
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8
Jan 2014
Muito bem amarrado ao tema, interessante mecânica de turnos e pontuações. Curti bastante a primiera experiência e jogo certo de manter em minha coleção por algum tempo.
2013-11-17
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fabrice vandenbogaerde
Belgium
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7.5
Apr 2007*
Good game, but the parts could have been of better quality
2007-04-23*
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Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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7.5
May 2007*
Really like this. Takes up some table space, but well worth it.
2007-05-14*
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Jeff Hinrickson
United States
St Paul
Minnesota
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7.5
Jul 2007*
Wow, this is sort of a brain burner. The true essence of this game lies with you secret mission card. You must play your strategy based on what special mission card you received in the beginning of the game while in the mean time gathering points along the way. The reason to focus your strategy on you special mission card is because 80% of you victory points comes from your special mission.
2007-07-06*
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Jeffrey D Myers
United States
Los Ranchos
New Mexico
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"Always rely upon a happy mind alone." Geshe Chekhawa.
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7.5
Aug 2007*
Well done euro emphasizing choices of when to produce money versus when to go for victory points. Traded.
2011-09-15
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marc magner
United States
webster
New York
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7.5
Aug 2007*
Only played 4er...Has potential to rate higher or lower with additional plays. (balance of the bonus conditions will determine) Very nice short term strategic and tactical options. Good interaction potential and play moves right along once you get your head around it. first game is pretty much a learning game.
2007-08-19*
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Nathan Morse
United States
Powell
Ohio
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7.5
Aug 2007*
An interesting game! Scrap for money to get ships to send trading to make more money to get more ships - oh wait, that sort of ship is sort of worthless now, so why don't we send it out for glory on a nice expedition? Quite good!
2007-08-21*
Morgan Dontanville
United States
Charlottesville
Virginia
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Plate of Shrimp.
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7.5
Sep 2007*
There is a lot to take in initially, but as soon as the game gets going it chops along rapidly. This is a refreshing design in that it offers what most midsized Euros do without overstaying it's welcome. Once everyone is familiar with how the system works, it really is a quick game. There is a wonderful balance to all the moving parts of the game and the economic system just ramps ups as you try to churn all your actions effectively to get your ships out for the scoring.

They system feels very generous to the needs of the player. In a strange way the game feels very considerate of player styles and allows for people to play the system how'd they like and with the special cards it allows for quite a bit of flexibility.

My only real concern is, as much as I'd like to believe that the Secret Mission cards are balanced, I'm just not sure. If you play without them, things get a little screwy as people just play from the top down on the Explorations. I like look of the Spielbox variant: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/184057. I'm looking forward to playing the game again with this.

2007-09-27*
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Ian Anderson
New Zealand
Wellington
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7.5
Nov 2007*
quite challenging
2007-11-23*
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Ketty
Chile
Santiago
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7.5
May 2009*
[ESP] Un entretenido juego en el que la escaces de dinero es constante. Principalmente debes usarla para btener barcos que deberás enviar a alta mar para cumplir ordenes y decidir por cuanto tiempo se irán. Mientras más tiempo pase mayor será la recompensa pero a la vez más tardará en llegar con lo cual el dinero será aún más escazo.
También puedes enviar tus barcos al nuevo mundo para obtener PV, pero entonces ya no podrás utilizarlos para embarcar.
Mi mayor crítica son las cartas de objetivo que están desbalanceadas. Sin embargo con la variante de la casa mejora un poco. Vean el video de JcK.
2012-07-25
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Jesus Rubio
Spain
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7.5
May 2010
Juego entretenido y con temática distinta a lo habitual, ocupa poco y es bonito de ver.

No será el juego del año, pero como filler de 2 a 4 jugadores funciona muy bien.
2010-05-21
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Johan Boonants
Belgium
Gent
Unspecified
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7.5
Sep 2012
Belgian Champion 2008
2012-05-08
Owned
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david sales asensio
Spain
Sant Feliu de Llobregat
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7.5
Sep 2014
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2014-12-05
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Poland
Warsaw
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7.4
Jun 2011
After 1st play.
Start was chaotic, but finally I really enjoyed the game (unless we played slightly against to the rules).

After 2nd play.
Again 2 player game, we ended after 1st scoring (41:23).
In some way it's game about patient economy building and I tried to catch some VP to early :/
2011-06-05
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Andrew J
Australia
Hornsby
New South Wales
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7.3
Sep 2011
Quite fast moving game with some tight decisions on when to commit ships to expeditions. Can have a runaway leader problem but solid game nevertheless. Game length seems to be just right.
2011-09-26
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Bryon DeLaBarre
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
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7.25
Jan 2014
Good card game that takes precise planning. Money is something you do not want to run out of for sure. It is interesting that the contracts you get also give you more options later. Rules are not bad, but there is plenty to puzzle out. Worth at least two plays to see how it settles out for you.
2013-10-08
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Eric Faris
United States
Edgewood
Kentucky
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7
Jun 2009*
excellent condition.
2010-01-08
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Tom Key
England
Guildford
Surrey
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7
May 2007*
First play only so far. Big mistake all but one of us made was that you need to go for cash early. The game ended on the turn I had my second contract about to happen.
There is more going on than initially meets the eye, and I'm not sure how balanced some of the Special Missions are - getting all the ships on more than two expeditions is hard!

But the artwork is lovely, the theme quite nice and the bits nicely done. It has a feeling of Alhambra for me, waiting to buy a ship and watching the player before you snatch it from under your nose, or play a ship to an expedition which beats you to that score too.

Needs another play, but suspect I will generally prefer Alhambra - this just isnt explorey enough to be a different game about exploring.
2007-05-02*
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Gerard Boom
Netherlands
Waardenburg
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7
May 2007*
Played it once.
Promissing game that is not that thrilling when played as a 2 player game.
Might have to readjust the rating after a few plays with 3 to 4 people.
2007-05-07*
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Steve Kearon
United Kingdom
Cardiff
Wales
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7
Nov 2007*
Two plays (2/4 player). It feels a little fiddly, and requires a fair sized playing area, but I think it would be a great little game with difficult choices and hard timing factors - if only I could remember the rules.
2007-11-07*
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Luke Morris
England
Faversham
Kent
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7
May 2007*
A seven, but I'd only want to play it with two. I know more players would annoy me.
2007-05-29*
Péter Molnár
Hungary
Budapest
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7
Sep 2009*
Alapvetoen german tipusu jatek, de a kornyezet amibe ultetve van nekem nagyon tetszik. Minden jatekos egy vallalkozo aki megprobal megerosodni a kereskedesek soran annyira, hogy a jatek elejen kiosztott titkos feladatnak megfeleloen a legjobban tudja a hajoit elkuldeni az expediciokra. Arra is figyelni kell (ez annyira nem jott ki az elso jatekban), hogy az expedicios resz egy kicsit tobbsegi ahol a tobbieket jelentosen lehet korlatozni. Gyorsan lement a jatek, nekem kimondottan tetszett. Kivancsi vagyok milyen lehet 2 szemelynel (az elso jatek 4 fos parti volt).
2009-03-03
david karasick
United States
Gladwyne
Pennsylvania
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7
Jun 2007*
interesting card mechanism.......mission possible or impossible?
2007-06-15*
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Brett Christensen
United States
Dickinson
North Dakota
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7
Aug 2011
Some very nice elements I enjoy in this one. Has the feel of a bigger game because you have to spread it out all over the place. One of my favorite games in the 45 minute category which also includes Metropolys, Finca, and Mykerinos. Great balance between deciding on VP vs. Money throughout the game. I've only played it two player, and saw no trouble with play balance (being able to win with the 'tough' secret missions and a tricky opening flagship/contract combo). There are variants to solve this if you think they are issues.
2011-04-25
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Betty Egan
Canada
Kingston
Ontario
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7
Jan 2013
$10
Age of Discovery (English title). Language independent.
2013-01-23
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