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Year Published
2014
# of Players
2 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5 players
(76 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
40 − 60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
(32 voters) [poll]
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Subdomain
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Expansion
Family
Primary Name
Istanbul
Alternate Names
Istambuł
イスタンブール
伊斯坦堡
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There's hustle and bustle at Istanbul's grand bazaar as merchants and their assistants rush through the narrow alleys in their attempt to be more successful than their competitors. Everything must be well organized: wheelbarrows must be filled with goods at the warehouses, then swiftly transported by the assistants to various destinations. Your goal? Be the first merchant to collect a certain number of rubies.

In Istanbul, you lead a group of one merchant and four assistants through 16 locations in the bazaar. At each such location, you can carry out a specific action. The challenge, though, is that to take an action, you must move your merchant and an assistant there, then leave the assistant behind (to handle all the details while you focus on larger matters). If you want to use that assistant again later, your merchant must return to that location to pick him up. Thus, you must plan ahead carefully to avoid being left with no assistants and thus unable to do anything...

In more detail, on a turn you move your merchant and his retinue of assistants one or two steps through the bazaar, either leave an assistant at that location or collect an assistant left earlier, then perform the action. If you meet other merchants or certain individuals at the location, you might be able to take a small extra action. Possible actions include:

  • Paying to increase your wheelbarrow capacity, which starts the game with a capacity of only two for each good.
  • Filling your wheelbarrow with a specified good to its limit.
  • Acquiring a special ability, and the earlier you come, the easier they are to collect.
  • Buying rubies or trading goods for rubies.
  • Selling special combinations of goods to make the money you need to do everything else.

When a merchant has collected five rubies in his wheelbarrow, players complete that round, then the game ends. If this player is the only one who's reached this goal, he wins immediately; otherwise ties are broken by money in hand.

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Components

  • 16 Place tiles
  • 5 Wheelbarrows
  • 15 Wheelbarrow extensions
  • 26 Bonus cards
  • 16 Mosque tiles
  • 10 Demand tiles
  • 12 Gold coins
  • 15 Silver coins
  • 30 Copper coins
  • 1 Starting player marker
  • 5 Merchants
  • 25 Assistants
  • 5 Family members
  • 20 Good indicators
  • 4 Mail indicators
  • 1 Governor
  • 1 Smuggler
  • 2 six-sided dice
  • 32 Rubies
  • 5 Overviews
  • 7 Stickers
  • Rulebook

Awards


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mb - Istanbul fan
mb - Istanbul fan
mb - Istanbul: Mokka und Bakschisch fan

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Istambuł
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Polish first edition
Publisher: Portal Games
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Year: 2015
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Release Date: Sep 2015
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English/German first edition
Publisher: Pegasus Spiele
Artist: Andreas Resch
Year: 2014
Product Code: 55115G
Size: 12.40 x 8.85 x 2.75 inches
2.43 pounds
English, German
Release Date: Mar 16, 2014
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Publisher: White Goblin Games
Artist: Andreas Resch
Year: 2014
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Release Date: Mar 2014
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English-only first edition
Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group
Artist: Andreas Resch
Year: 2014
Product Code: AEG 5809
Size: 6.00 x 12.50 x 3.00 inches
2.80 pounds
English
Release Date: Jun 20, 2014
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French/Italian first edition
Publisher: Asterion Press, Matagot
Artist: Andreas Resch
Year: 2014
Product Code: LFCABE051
Size: 12.40 x 8.85 x 2.75 inches
2.87 pounds
French, Italian
Release Date: Jul 31, 2014
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1 Probabilities at the Tea House with a red mosque tile
This is a summary of the probability to succeed in a bet at the Tea House, given that you have the red Mosque tile.
English
2015-08-27
9 Istanbul Foamboard-Insert
Mein Entwurf für ein Foamboard-Insert zu Istanbul, inspiriert durch und Danke an BGG User cwhitpan! My design of a foamboard insert for Istanbul, inspired by and thanks to BGG User cwhitpan!
2015-05-22
6 Script to generate random boards
I put together a quick script to create a random board with the required contraints of having the Fountains in the middle and the Tea Shop nad Black Market at least three from each other and thought I'd share it in case it was useful to anyone else. It should work on pretty much any computer with Python v.3+ installed. It's not very sophisticated, but then I'm not a programmer.
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2015-02-03
3 Istanbul snelle regels
Een soort samenvatting van de setup, gameplay en regels. 2 A4-tjes.
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2014-11-24
143 Istanbul - English Rules
Istanbul (Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014) Updated Rules
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2014-02-04
18 Istanbul - Deutsche Spielanleitung
Überarbeite Spielanleitung von Istanbul - Kennerspiel des Jahres 2014 (Druckerfreundlich in separaten Seiten)
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Strategy Game Rank: 72
Num Ratings: 5146
Average Rating: 7.61
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