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Cover of Port RoyalPort Royal

Port Royal is a quick-playing card game with a push-your-luck element and a piratical theme. Players turn over cards one at a time, adding them to the 'harbour'. The more cards, the more options players have, but drawing the wrong card ends their turn prematurely.

Players gain money by attacking ship cards, hire people cards with their money and send their people on expeditions or to attack the ships. Both people and expeditions are worth points and the game ends when someone achieves the critical number of points.

It's neat, it plays quickly and it's good fun. Or, as Peter Duckworth puts it in Counter: "What a little gem of a game packed into a deck of cards."

I now have one expansion for Port Royal – see below – and the 'sequel' game, Port Royal unterwegs (which can also be used as an expansion).

For 2-5 players, aged 8+, playing time 30 minutes: £9.00 (£7.50 tax free outside the EU)
 

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Port Royal
was designed by Alexander Pfister and is published by Pegasus Spiele.

Find out more:
    Port Royal at the BoardGameGeek

 

Cover of the Ein auftrag geht noch... expansionPort Royal – ein auftrag geht noch… (expansion)

Apparently the title translates as "Just one more contract...". As you'd expect, the expansion adds more people and ships, giving the base game more variety. However, it also introduces 'Contracts' to the game. A number of these are drawn at the start and players can complete one any time they meet its requirements. This gains them cash and, with their second and subsequent contracts, points.

The Contracts can also be used to turn Port Royal into a co-operative game. In this version of the game, the players are working to gether to complete a set number of contracts (depending on the number playing) before the Time deck runs out. The number of cards in the Time deck depends on just which contracts have been drawn, but players can make the game more difficult by reducing this.

On top of that, this provides a way of playing the game solitaire – all in all, a very clever expansion.

For 1-5 players, aged 8+, playing time 20-50 minutes: £8.50 (£7.08 tax free outside the EU)
 

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Port Royal – ein auftrag geht noch…
was designed by Alexander Pfister and is published by Pegasus Spiele.

Find out more:
    Port Royal – ein auftrag geht noch… on BoardGameGeek

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