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Altiplano Spiel '17
In spite of some similarities, there are obvious differences between the two games.
Altiplano is not a simple game – it presents players with new challenges time and again, thus permanently keeping them under its spell. There are various ways to reach the goal. It remains appealing to try out new options and strategies; but success or failure also depend on whether your opponents let you do as you like or thwart the strategy you are pursuing. The competition for the individual types of goods is considerable – as is the fun in snatching a coveted extension card from under another player's nose!
Besides building up an effective production, it is also important to deliver the right goods at the right time, to develop the road in good time and, finally, to store your goods cleverly enough to fill the most valuable rows with them. Often, a good warehouseperson is more relevant in the end than the best producer.
It is also unusual that, to begin with, players have access only to certain resources and goods. This is due to the different role tiles that each player gets before the beginning of the game and that provide everybody with different starting materials. At the market, however, a player can acquire additional production sites that give him new options.
The game is set in the South American highlands of the Andes, the Altiplano, and the theme is emphasized by the very atmospheric illustrations, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, by Klemens Franz. The numerous goods – such as fish, alpaca, cacao, silver, or corn – all have their own characteristics and places where they can be used. Whereas silver makes you rich, fish can be exchanged for other goods, and the alpaca gives you wool that you can then make into cloth.
Altiplano is a bag-building strategy game by Reiner Stockhausen for 2 – 5 inhabitants of the high plateau, ca. 12 years and up. Depending on the number of players, the game takes about 60 – 120 minutes. Suggested retail price: 54,95 Euro
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