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2011
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2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
13 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Upon a Salty Ocean
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At the beginning of the 16th century, the city of Rouen is the main French port. The city's wealth depends on fishing and the trading of salted fish. Salt produced in the mines has to be loaded onto ships and used to preserve herring and cod fished in the Atlantic Ocean. Every week ships full of salt barrels leave Rouen for the fishing grounds of the Atlantic Ocean, and once back, the goods are sold in the city markets. The players represent city merchants, and they invest in ships and city buildings to try to get rich. Who will be the richest merchant of Rouen, when Francis I, King of France, comes to visit the City?

In Upon a Salty Ocean, players start the game with one caravel loaded with three salt barrels, a salt mine and 10-16 money. From this, they must build a shipping empire! The game lasts five turns, with each turn being divided into three phases.

In the event phase, players adjust prices on the market based on the current event tile, take into the account the weather and environmental conditions that will affect them the remainder of the round, and reveal the event tile for the subsequent round.

The action phase lasts a variable number of rounds depending on how many actions players want to take and can afford. Eight actions are available and they're divided into four types:

  • City: (1) buy a saline and (2) buy a building
  • Navigation: (1) travel to the ocean and fish and (2) travel to Rouen
  • Harbor: (1) build a ship and (2) move goods
  • Market: (1) sell to the market and (2) buy from the market

On a player's turn, he can take any one of the either actions or pass; the cost of an action is the number of times this type of action has been performed previously during this round. For example, the first use of a City action costs 0, while the next use (whether to buy a saline or a building) costs 1. A player who passes can take an action later in the same phase. The action phase ends once all players pass. A player can go into debt during a turn, paying one coin in interest when doing so; as long as the player is in the black once the action round ends (by selling to the market), no further payment is due.

In the turn end phase, players produce salt, may use special buildings, pay interest (if needed), reset the cost of the actions to zero, and so on. A player can have no more than 40 coins at the end of a turn unless he owns a banque, and the limit is 80 coins without owning Salle des Coffres. This limit is important as the player with the most coins after five rounds wins. Some buildings provide endgame bonuses to which the coin limit doesn't apply.

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More Information Edit | History

Components:

  • Game board and rulebook
  • 32 salt (white), 24 herring (pink) and 24 cod (violet) wooden cubes
  • 10 salt (white), 10 herring (pink) and 10 cod (violet) large wooden cubes (worth four small ones)
  • 72 player markers (wooden cubes: 18 for each player color: blue, green, red, yellow)
  • 4 coin markers (wooden disc)
  • 7 market/action counters (black cubes)
  • 3 ship tiles for each player color
  • 10 event tiles
  • 4 player sheets
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Upon a Salty Ocean
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Multilingual first edition
Publisher: Giochix.it, Rio Grande Games
Artist: Lamberto Azzariti
Year: 2011
Product Code: RIO455
Size: 12.30 x 8.90 x 2.50 inches
1.90 pounds
English, French, German, Italianmore»
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Upon a Salty Ocean
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Dutch first edition
Publisher: Rocks Games
Artist: Lamberto Azzariti
Year: 2011
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0 German player aid/short rules
German player aid, with big thanks to and courtesy of Nick Case (Big Bad Lex), whose basic layout I used. His looks better!
German
2013-10-17
2 У самого синего моря (Игровед)
Правила игры
Russian
2013-09-24
5 Salty Ocean NL Spelregels Rocks Games
Officiele NL regels
English
2012-02-17
6 Japanese rulebook
A PDF file of the rules in japanese language for Upon a Salty Ocean.
Japanese
2012-01-10
33 Actions, Events, Turn End & Buildings
Single page pdf that can be kept as an A4 sheet or cut and stuck on 2 sides of an A5 card. Summarises actions, event, turn end phases and building descriptions for reference during the game. (Graphics with permission from Marco Pranzo)
English
2011-12-03
34 Salty Ocean Player Aid - English.pdf
Salty Ocean Player Aid - English.pdf v1.0
English
2011-11-26
3 Italian rulebook
Italian version of rulebook.
English
2011-09-19
5 Korean rules
If there is something wrong, please send a geekmail or email(accident88@hanmail.net) to me. As I play this game, it may be updated.
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2011-09-15
2 French rules
French rules.
English
2011-09-08
5 German rules Beta
German rules Beta 0.95
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2011-07-27
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