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Year Published
2009
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Macao
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At the end of the 17th century, Macao – the mysterious port city on the southern coast of China – is a Portuguese trading post in the Far East. The players take on the role of energetic and daring adventurers. Many exciting tasks and challenges await the players, whether they are a captain, governor, craftsman, or scholar. Those who chose the wisest course of action and have the best overall strategy will earn the most prestige at the end.

Macao lasts twelve rounds, and in each round players select one new card from a display specific to that round, two of which were revealed at the start of the game and others that were revealed only at the start of the round. The deck of 96 cards includes all sorts of special abilities, with the more powerful actions costing more resources to put into play.

One player rolls six different-colored dice, then each player selects two of those dice (possibly the same ones chosen by opponents), then places cubes equal to the number and color of the two dice on a personalized "ship's wheel." For example, if a player chooses the blue die that shows a 5, he places five blue cubes on the ship's wheel position five spots away from the current round. (A player can never claim more cubes than the number of remaining rounds).

Players rotate their ship's wheels each round, then use the cubes available to them in that round to perform various actions: activating cards selected in that round or earlier rounds, buying city quarters and collecting the goods located there, moving that player's ship around Europe to deliver those goods, acquiring gold coins, taking special actions with card previously activated, and advancing on a turn order track.

Players score points by delivering goods, paying gold coins, using the powers on their cards, and building in Macao. Whoever has the most points at the end of twelve rounds wins.

Macao is number 13 in the alea big box series, with an estimated difficulty on the alea scale of 6/10.

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Awards

2010: International Gamers Award Nominee

Components

  • 1 game board
  • 4 player tableaus
  • 4 wind roses
  • 24 goods tiles (3 each lacquer ware, rice, tea, jade, silk, paper, porcelain, and spices) - 6 joker tiles (“1 of any action cube or 3 gold coins”)
  • 36 gold coins
  • 48 ownership/punish marker (front: shield, back: -3)
  • 300 action cubes (50 each of red, blue, green, black, gray, and violet)
  • 6 dice (1 in dice colors)
  • 4 ships (1 each orange, white, yellow, and brown)
  • 10 discs (2 each in the player colors and beige)
  • 24 office cards
  • 44 building
  • 52 person cards

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English first edition
Publisher: alea, Rio Grande Games
Artist: Julien Delval, Harald Lieske
Year: 2010
Product Code: RIO409
Size: 12.19 x 8.62 x 2.69 inches
2.38 pounds
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Dutch first edition
Publisher: White Goblin Games
Artist: Julien Delval, Harald Lieske
Year: 2010
Size: 12.19 x 8.62 x 2.69 inches
2.38 pounds
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German first edition
Publisher: alea
Artist: Julien Delval, Harald Lieske
Year: 2009
Product Code: 26913 6
Size: 12.19 x 8.62 x 2.69 inches
2.38 pounds
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0 Simple guide (Dutch)
Simple guide (Dutch) to teach and play Macao
Dutch
2015-01-07
12 Macao Player Aid
One sheet rules overview diagrammed for quick consultation.
English
2014-10-07
53 Macao FAQ
This much needed FAQ contains clarifications for cards and rules of the game.
English
2014-06-15
6 Teaching Macao
A teaching script. It covers: the game board; the tableau & Wind Rose; round structure overview; the 3 phases of a round; the actions; and the end of the game.
English
2014-05-15
3 Spis kart Budynków i Postaci
Spis kart Budynków i Postaci wraz z wymaganymi kostkami (ZA) w formie graficznej. Dziękuję za udostępnienie do edycji oryginalnego pliku przez 'chindent'. Oryginalny angielski plik (Original english file): http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/55278/macao-buildingperson-card-inventory
Polish
2013-12-19
4 Macao Tuckboxes
Created Tuckboxes for the cards in Macao so that I could replace the insert with a box or some other storage mechanism and not worry about the cards flying all over the place. Print the boxes with no zoom or scaling and it should work fine.
English
2013-05-06
18 Redesigned Macao Office cards
Redesigned Macao Office cards with explanatory icons, in spanish. Based on the previous work done by BGG users gNico and angel3233. (Thank you guys for a great job). Rediseño en español de las cartas de Pergaminos del Macao, basado en el trabajo previo de los usuarios de la BGG gNico y angel3233. (Aprovecho para agradecer a ambos por su magnifico trabajo).
Spanish
2012-11-17
21 Redesigned Macao Building cards
Redesigned Macao Building cards with explanatory icons, in spanish. Based on the previous work done by BGG users gNico and angel3233. (Thank you guys for a great job). Rediseño en español de las cartas de Edificio del Macao, basado en el trabajo previo de los usuarios de la BGG gNico y angel3233. (Aprovecho para agradecer a ambos por su magnifico trabajo).
Spanish
2012-11-17
21 Redesigned Macao Person cards
Redesigned Macao Person cards with explanatory icons, in spanish. Based on the previous work done by BGG users gNico and angel3233. (Thank you guys for a great job). Rediseño en español de las cartas de Personaje del Macao, basado en el trabajo previo de los usuarios de la BGG gNico y angel3233. (Aprovecho para agradecer a ambos por su magnifico trabajo). Nota: Me he tomado algunas libertades al poner nombre a los personajes femeninos. Espero que sea un cambio que agrade a todos.
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2012-11-17
9 Player Board_CH
修正部分語意與錯誤
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2012-10-12
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