Klicka för svenska      Magellan (German)

Distributor: Hans im Glück
Category: Strategy game
Players: 3-6 (best with 4-6 players)
Play time: 45 minutes
Ages: 12+
Content: 36 Discoverer cards
63 Ducat cards
  2 Two-folded game boards (which gives 4 different kind of game variants)
36 Wooden ships in 6 different player colours
Game target: The game goes over 3 phases. In phase 1, 3 ships set sail from Europe with each explorer. There are many hazards along the journey, and in phase II only 2 ships progress. In phase III, only 1 ship finally reaches the goal. Each explorer has his personal strengths and weakness and brings his king victory points, gold, and possibly actions. The player with the most victory points at the end is the winner.
Rules: Rules in English
Strategy: -
Comments: My edition is from 2002. The designer is Tom Lehmann. The English name is Pizarro & Co and is published by Rio Grande Games.
Extract from the Essen game report 2002 Then we choose another game I’ve been curious about: “Magellan” (Pizarro & Co). Would a game, which only depends on auction work well. The answer is YES! We all were amazed that it could be so good. There are 6 well-known explorers on the board and you want to put your 6 ships on them all, but if you choose fewer, you may put more ships on them. All explorers give different advantages for the next phase or gives scores at the end. (These are varied with 4 different set-ups of the board). If you pay too much, then you won’t be able to win future auctions, but still you want the best positions. Maybe you should wait to get cheaper positions and pay more later on, but you might risk to not get more than a few on the board then, particularly if there are 4-5 players (3 is too few to make the auctions intense). During the second phase it’s only two ships, which continues to the next level after bidding among those. If you happen to be the only one a certain explorer, you may pay really cheap, so don’t let your opponents get into this situation… and for the last phase your bidding to get one of the remaining ship to the highest level. Everyone liked this game.
Result: Carl=56, Christina=68, Peter=108
Rating: Carl=7+, Christina=7+, Peter=8  

 
 

 

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