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In Puerto Rico players assume the roles of colonial governors on the island of Puerto Rico. The aim of the game is to amass victory points by shipping goods to Europe or by constructing buildings.
Each player uses a separate small board with spaces for city buildings, plantations, and resources. Shared between the players are three ships and a trading house.
Players grow crops
... which they can exchange for money
... to buy buildings
... to produce more crops or gain new abilities.
Crops will also be shipped overseas to obtain critical victory points.
During each round, players take turns selecting a role card from those on the table (such as "Trader" or "Builder"). When a role is chosen, every player gets to take the action appropriate to that role! The player that selected the role also receives a small privilege for doing so - for example, choosing the "Builder" role allows all players to construct a building, but the player who chose the role may do so at a discount on that turn.
Choose the role that is always a bit better for you than anyone else at he table and you will should win the game!