Posted by James (admin) on 31st July 2010
Traders of Carthage is essentially a card game but does include a board. Each of the cards shows one of 4 different commodities (red, blue, yellow and green) and has a coin value from 1 to 5 on it. Next to the board are two rows of face-up cards – one is the Market (these cards can be bought or taken) and one is the Field (which are cards that will soon be moved to the Market). The board depicts a trade route passing through 6 Mediterranean cities along which 4 ships – one for each commodity – will travel.
On their turn a player can carry out one action:
Get coins: The player can add any 1 card from the Market to their hand (excluding any card with another player’s reserved marker on it).
Reserve a card: Each player can place their reserve marker on any unreserved card in the Market or the Field. It can only be retrieved by taking the reserved card (Get coins), or by buying the cards (Buy goods).
Buy goods: A player can spend coins (the cards in their hand) to buy the cards in the market; however, the player must buy ALL of the goods cards in the market or none at all. Purchases must include any good in the Market that the player has reserved, but exclude any goods reserved by other players. Any goods bought are placed face-up in front of the player – these are the player’s shipment. After a purchase, the ships matching the colours of the cards bought are moved along the trade route (1 space if one card of that colour was bought, 2 spaces if more than one was bought).