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Year Published
2000
# of Players
3 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4, 5 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5 players
(17 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
(7 voters) [poll]
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Subdomain
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Primary Name
Merchants of Amsterdam
Alternate Names
Die Kaufleute von Amsterdam
De Veilingmeesters van Amsterdam
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Players are attempting to be in first or second place majorities in a variety of categories throughout the game. These include commodity markets, trading colonies, and warehouses in Amsterdam.

On a player's turn, that player draws three cards and decides how to resolve them for the turn. A player can either remove the card from the game, keep it for him or herself, or put it up for auction. The cards allow players to advance or place one of their markers in the various categories.

There are also time-marker cards which, when drawn, move the game through various "historical" phases until the last which ends the game. The historical phases follow a period of time in the history of Amsterdam which can range from no effect, to scoring rounds for particular categories, to bonuses, and towards the end of the game to some penalties as wars begin to disrupt business markets.

The unique twist in the game is that the game comes with a spring-driven auction clock to perform the Dutch auctions throughout the game. You start the clock and it ticks down as all of the players hold their hands ready close by. The idea is that as time passes the cost of the card lowers and it is simply an issue of who will pay for it first by slapping down on the clock and thus stopping it at a certain price.

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De Veilingmeesters van Amsterdam
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Jumbo Dutch edition, "nominated for Speelgoed van het Jaar" logo
Publisher: Jumbo
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Year: 2000
Product Code: 00291
Size: 12.52 x 10.31 x 3.15 inches
2.43 pounds
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Merchants of Amsterdam
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English Edition
Publisher: Jumbo, Rio Grande Games
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Year: 2000
Product Code: RIO166
Size: 12.70 x 10.50 x 3.40 inches
2.60 pounds
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Die Kaufleute von Amsterdam
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Publisher: Jumbo
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Year: 2000
Product Code: 03291
Size: 12.50 x 10.25 x 3.25 inches
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12 Auction cards as alternative for the clock
Instead of using the clock, the Mayor flips these cards one by one until someone is willing to pay the price on the cards. It's quiet, reliable and easy & doesn't change the mechanics of the game.
English
2009-05-19
1 Teaching aid for Merchants of Amsterdam - in Hebrew
המערך אינו הסבר ממצה של חוקי המשחק אלא אמצעי עזר לשחקן המסביר את חוקי המשחק לשחקנים חדשים
Hebrew
2009-04-28
1 Merchants of Amsterdam Tuckboxes with artwork. Not for sleeved cards.
Merchants of Amsterdam tuckboxes with artwork. Not for sleeved cards. Created for the Jumbo German version of the cards. Artwork recreated from a damaged game box.
2008-12-14
2 Mercaderes de AMSTERDAM - Reglas (resumen).jpg
Spanish rules summary - REGLAS (en resumen)
Spanish
2006-01-10
0 Time Track.jpg
Time track - scan of symbols & their meanings
2006-01-05
13 Merchants of Amsterdam Aid.doc
produced by Godfrey Colhoun edited by Ivan Hanley
2004-05-04
19 Merchants of Amsterdam.PDF
English rules in PDF
2001-07-03
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English Rules
2001-01-31
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Average Rating: 6.75
Standard Deviation: 1.20
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Users Owning: 1961
Users Wanting: 36
Users Trading: 162 [find trade matches]
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