Episode 289: Santa Maria


Release Date: March 19, 2018

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Running Time:   84 min.

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It's the 16th century and you're in charge of a fledgling colony in the New World. Here's your chance to write a new kind of history: one where you keep *all* the colonists in your community happy!

Santa Maria is a dice-based action selection game. Each turn you place a new tile in your colony and use dice to activate a row or column. Your goal is to create chains of actions and resources through production, religion, conquistadors and shipping.  And when you retire at the end of each round, all the work you've done will reap even greater rewards. 

The game offers a fantastic variety of strategy without being needlessly complicated. This makes Santa Maria constantly challenging and consistently fun - and a worthy winner of our Spiel of Approval!

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Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Santa Maria      Aporta Games  |  BGG  |  Buy

Designer: Kristian Amundson Ostby, Eilif Svensson

Artist: Gjermund Bohne

Publisher: Aporta Games

1-4 players  60-90 min   ages 12+   MSRP $60

The Game Sommelier

The Landlord's Game (1904)   BGG

Little Wars (1913)       BGG

American Mah Jongg (1937)   BGG

Scrabble (1938)   BGG

Canasta (1939)   BGG

Careers (1955)       BGG

Nuclear War (1965)       BGG

Music credits include:

Three Galleons  by Robert Earle  |  the song

Santa Maria  by Versus  |  the song