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Product code: AC6461
£44.99 Our Price: £40.00
Santa Maria is a streamlined, medium complexity Eurogame in which each
player establishes and develops a colony. The game features elements of
dice drafting and strategic engine building. The game is low on luck and
has no direct destructive player conflict; all components are language
In the game, you expand your colony by placing polyominoes with
buildings on your colony board. Dice (representing migrant workers) are
used to activate buildings; each die activates a complete row or column
of buildings in your colony. The buildings are activated in order (left
to right / top to bottom), then the die is placed on the last activated
building to block this space. It is therefore crucial where you put new
buildings in your colony, and in which order you use the dice.
As the game progresses, you produce resources, form shipping routes,
send out conquistadors, and improve your religious power to recruit
monks. When you recruit a monk, you must decide if it becomes a scholar
(providing a permanent special ability), a missionary (for an immediate
bonus) or a bishop (for possible end game points). The player who has
accumulated the most happiness after three rounds wins. The available
specialists, end game bonuses and buildings vary from game to game,
which makes for near endless replayability.
Eclectic Games, Reading - Fri Mar 22 14:46:36 GMT 2019 [web4]