Posted by James (admin) on 17th February 2011
Die Speicherstadt (whose English language version is called The Speicherstadt) is the name of Hamburg’s warehouse district and is a simple but clever game. The goal is to earn as many victory points (VPs) as possible and the game ends when the deck of cards has been used. Each round 4 to 6 cards (number of players plus 1), are available for puchase.
Players take turns placing one of their 3 meeple next to a card (on the adjacent warehouse) to show that they want a chance to buy it. If a card already has meeple next to it, the player places their meeple next in the queue for that card. When all meeple have been placed, each card is resolved. The player whose meeple is first in the queue can purchase the card at a cost equal to the number of meeple in the queue. If they don’t buy it, that meeple is removed and the player who owns the meeple that is now at the front of the queue gets the chance to buy it (at a lower cost than the previous player because there are now fewer meeple in the queue). When a player buys a card, any meeple in the queue are simply returned to their owners.
Some cards give you goods, some give you VPs if you place the stated goods on them, some allow you to convert goods to cash, etc. The cards are quite varied but the icons on them ensure they are easy to understand. Read the rest of this entry »