Santiago De Cuba Board Game Review


When I first noticed the duvet of the sport together with a brief description and pictures of the components, I turned into at once intrigued to play it. The identity regarded appealing too, as Cuba is very far from my u. S. (I stay in Greece) and that simply provides to the exclusive and thriller atmosphere for which use of a is already celebrated. Let’s undergo a few fundamental statistics about gameplay:

In Santiago de Cuba you are a booking within the city of Santiago, the second one largest metropolis of Cuba. Your goal is to make earnings by using making offers with the locals and traveling (or even buying) buildings in order to collect goods and cargo them to the ships arriving in the metropolis’s port. Available items are sugar cane (white) citrus fruit (orange), tobacco (green), rum (crimson), cigars (black) and wooden. On the sports board, there are 12 constructing tiles, which are always shuffled when putting in the sport after which positioned on appropriate containers in the outskirts of the city. There are also nine Cubans who will assist you out and also are shuffled and dispensed randomly on the 9 containers in the middle of the sports board. An avenue runs in the front of the Cubans in a loop. A vehicle, used by all gamers, will travel via this street and its 10 stops (stars), one for each of the Cubans and a prevent at the port (yellow star).

There are 7 ships in an effort to reach the city’s port one after the other and for every one, the type and quantity of goods it accepts to carry are determined by means of rolling 5 colored cubes and selecting four of them to the area at the delivery. The color of the cube shows the type of desirable and the quantity, the quantity required. There is a cost marker on the board in front of the ship, indicating the number of victory points you obtain for each appropriate brought to the ship (2,3 or 4 victory factors). This marker is, to begin with, the set to 2 and for on every occasion, the auto passes from the port (yellow superstar) without stopping there the marker is moved one flag to the proper. However if the marker actions from the price four to the checkered flag, the deliver leaves immediately even supposing it’s no longer complete. Once a delivery has all objects loaded, it leaves the port and another one arrives.

At the beginning of the game, homes, and Cubans tiles are shuffled and located on the board, each participant chooses a coloration and the first player is determined. Each player is dealt three cash (pesos), 2 victory points and one sugar cane, one citrus fruit and one tobacco. All goods and money are hidden in the back of unique participant displays. The automobile is positioned at the port and the primary ship arrives. The participant to the right of the primary player rolls the five dice to determine the ship’s cargo. Each round a player should use the automobile to go to a region transferring clockwise with the aid of shifting as many “famous person” areas they prefer. Only the first step to a new location is free. For every area beyond the first one, the participant must pay 1 peso. By presenting in front of a Cuban, you normally get items, money or victory factors. Then you without delay go to one of the buildings of the coloration indicated with the aid of the flower icon at the Cuban’s tile. In buildings, gamers do certain actions that assist them to strengthen in the sport along with trade different styles of goods, get victory points or load goods to the ship. By presenting at the yellow celebrity (closing stop in the loop, port) players trigger a shipping spherical, in the course of which all gamers can supply goods to the ship. Players get victory points (the exact variety is indicated through the value marker referred to in advance) for loading the ship. Wood can continually be loaded to the delivering instead of anybody other properly, however, players get hold of simplest one victory point for each timber loaded. The game ends when all 7 ships go away the port. At that factor, any remaining items are transformed to victory points (1 vice president for every 3 items) and victory factors are counted. The participant with the most victory points is the winner.

First Impressions

Upon commencing the field, I became inspired by the stunning paintings of the sports board and tiles. Setup was pretty smooth, following the well-written rulebook. Tiles shuffled and placed, colorations chosen and right here we pass. The recreation flows clean and turns are quite brief as there are handiest 2 actions that should be made each round and selections are pretty clear-cut. Usually, you do not need to move many spaces ahead with the automobile as this can cost plenty of money and then there’s the selection of the constructing to visit in an effort to depend on the precise needs of the player or can be a strategic choice as nicely. An exciting component is that players’ items and cash are hidden in the back of displays, so one has to be alert and try to keep in mind what items the opposite players have accrued. That is a huge part of the game’s approach. The recreation has excellent immersion due to brilliant paintings and game mechanics. It all feels so just like Cuba! It additionally has plenty of replayability because of the shuffling of tiles at recreation setup.

I haven’t performed Cuba which seems to have loads in commonplace with Santiago de Cuba (the designer and the artist of Santiago have additionally worked on Cuba) so I could not evaluate the two games, but after playing multiple video games of Santiago, I even have a clear influence of the sport which I am equipped to share with you! Let’s go through our ordinary score classes:


Game components are very fine and of precise great. The recreation board is sort of a portray, depicting the metropolis and the port with incredible detail. The building and Cuban tiles are of comparable first-class from a design point of view and fabricated from thick cardboard, as are victory factor tokens, pesos (coins) and belongings markers. Playing pieces and items are the product of timber which feels very nice. All in all, the game components are all that one may want to wish for or even extra. Nine/10


The heart of every sport of route. Gameplay is fast and there may be sufficient area for strategic questioning and planning in advance. Upon figuring out which Cuban to fulfill, you have to make some considerations together with the deal you’ll make with them, the homes that are available to go to afterward and what prevents the subsequent player would possibly choose. You also ought to reflect consideration on which can be the maximum worthwhile homes to seize with Alonso (the attorney) which is likewise an thrilling component of the sport. Your reminiscence abilities may be placed on a take a look at with Santiago due to the fact a good way to do nicely on this sport, you must recollect what goods your warring parties have collected. That can be a crucial element to be able to determine if you need to forestall on the port or now not and a miscalculation may cost you some victory points. Just a thought approximately the building tiles: I suppose it might be thrilling to have a building tile, operating inside the simply opposite manner from the Customs Office, that is for you to turn a dice of your choice at the ship to something range you want (except 0). The game appears very balanced in its mechanics and there appears to be no obvious approach that could constantly cause victory. Shuffling of the tiles at game setup ensures that each game could be a completely different one. Eight/10