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Michel HERMENT
France
CROLLES
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10
Oct 2009*
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Blaine Whynott
Canada
Liverpool
Nova Scotia
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10
Feb 2004*
Owned
Patrick Kellogg
United States
New York
New York
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10
Aug 2004*
Owned
United States
Glen Burnie
Maryland
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10
Jun 2008*
I enjoyed this game. It is very different from any other game I own so it adds a nice variety. My husband was complaining about it the whole time and then ended up winning, so I think for him the jury is still out. We played it the Jamaca rules, and it seemed like just the right amount of thinking/luck that a game of that sort should have.

I really like this game. I'm moving my rating up to a 9. It really is just the right amount of luck and thinking for the amount of time it takes. It fits my sweet spot quite well.

I still have yet to win this game, My husband has won evergame but one. But I still love it.

I finally won. And it wasn't even close.
2014-03-13
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Steven Peters
United Kingdom
Canterbury
Kent
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10
Mar 2005*
One of my favourite race games where simplicity doesn't get in the way of strategy. One of the few games where my rating has increased over time because I seem to be unable to get bored with it...
2005-03-29*
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Mark Haigh-Hutchinson
United States
Austin
Texas
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10
Apr 2005*
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old bag
United States
Unspecified
North Carolina
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10
Jun 2005*
Love it!!, our favourite at this time. Only played with 4 or 5 players so am interested to see how it plays with 2 or 3 players after our IL's go home. DS nearly 6 enjoyed playing too, but impatient waiting for 4 people to go before him lol!!
2005-06-30*
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Katie Harris
United States
Colorado
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10
Aug 2005*
This is an extremely fun game. The theme is even fun. We generally have 2 players, but have also played with 4 or 5. It works nicely with any of these numbers. The idea of backing up in order to get cards is very clever.
2005-08-23*
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eddie rey falucho
United States
Glendale
Arizona
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10
Sep 2009*
Amazing game! Easy to teach and seems very simple. Played it with non-gamers and they are hooked. Good way to introduce the concept of the meta-game. Play often online at youplay.it (see links)
2009-09-08
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Chad Martinell
United States
Beaumont
California
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10
Jul 2006*
Kick-ass game!
2006-07-12*
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Steve Adragna
United States
Riverdale Bronx
New York
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10
Dec 2006*
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Michel Wermelinger
United Kingdom
Milton Keynes
Bucks
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10
Jan 2009*
Unsurpassed in its category (light/medium weight race games), this highly underrated game is a master-class in game design. Its minimalist set of just 3 rules distils all game-balancing mechanisms to their barest dichotomy: spend resources to get closer to your goal, and get further away from the goal to replenish resources! The game is also malleable: one can easily shorten the duration or give a handicap to a weaker player. Cartagena plays equally well (but very differently!) with 2 or 5 players, with non-trivial strategical and tactical options (and a bit of luck to throw in more excitement).
2007-01-14*
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Aaron Lawn
United Kingdom
Llangefni
Anglesey
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10
May 2007*
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Sarah Kestering
Germany
Syke
NRW
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10
Sep 2009*
see my review on spielenswert.de
2007-05-28*
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Konstantin Gorbunov
Russia
Moscow
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10
May 2009*
Недооцененная игра!

Еще:
Не стоит забывать про второй, практическии безрандомный вариант игры. И хотя я в осноном играю с друзьями в рандомный, чтобы не напрягать мозг и подравнять шансы, игра не тускнеет с годами (а первый раз я в нее сыграл где-то в 2002-м). Отличное сочетание тактик, блефа, рандома и расчета. Отличные компоненты, обоснованный формат. Также есть почва для введения мелких домашних правил.
2010-11-30
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Jesse McGatha
United States
Sammamish
Washington
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10
Dec 2008*
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Terry Mayne
United States
Wisconsin
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Oct 2007*
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Maciek U
United States
Cromwell
Connecticut
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Nov 2007*
I love this game. Every time I introduce it, people are like, oh, it's a race game, cool. Then after 2 turns they are like, oh, wait, I don't have any cards any more.

Yep, because in order to go forward, you must go backwards. That's the only way to gain more cards. So if you want to be first to escape, you have to manage your moving backwards steps to gain most cards, to plan to jump ahead, onto the board and escape from Cartagena!! Excellent game.
2011-05-25
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Jeroen van Emde Boas
Netherlands
Amsterdam
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10
Dec 2007*
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Tara Goulding
Australia
Mangrove Mountain
NSW
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10
Jan 2008*
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Nico
Belgium
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10
Nov 2008*
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Helmut Lehr
Germany
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10
Jan 2008*
I played that game several thousand times online.
A superb game, the best of Leo Colovini.
2008-01-06*
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Marco Küper
Germany
Dortmund
NRW
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10
Feb 2008*
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Kapus-Katalin Szabó-Tibor
Hungary
Besenyszög - Szolnok
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10
Oct 2008*
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John Dextraze
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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10
Dec 2009*
This is an excellent game. I catagorize it as a gateway game. Its fast and engaging.
2008-09-25*
Let's Play Two!
United States
Collinsville
Illinois
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10
Jan 2011
I seem to enjoy this game more every time I play - even though my husband is getting wise to the strategy and starting to beat me sometimes.. I've always loved puzzles and this appeals to that side of me - deciphering the optimal move is just a lot of fun (and no, I don't suffer from AP, but I've found that my husband sure does! I guess that means that I suffer from HIS AP). Recommended for anyone - easy to learn, quick to play and a great game for non-gamers. So far we've only played the Jamaica version with the cards hidden but I'd like to try the Tortuga version with all cards exposed too. My son is having a hard time getting into Cartagena because it really bothers him to have to move his pirates backwards in order to draw more cards. Once he gets used to the fact that moving backwards is OK and can actually help you tremendously, I think he'll enjoy this more.
Fantastic game that I will never turn down.
2010-11-27
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Ken Busick
United States
California
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10
Feb 2011
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Karel Nejedlik
Czech Republic
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10
Apr 2010
Kent Cyr
United States
Pennsylvania
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10
Jun 2010
Owned
Trent Hopkins
United States
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Jul 2010
A very fun Colovini-designed pirate race game. What's not to like? 2 ways of playing: Jamaica or Tortuga. Fun.
2010-07-16
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Elizabeth Brunscheen
United States
Kansas
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10
Jul 2010
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Dirsch
Canada
Ottawa
ON
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10
Sep 2010
Kristóf Nyerges
Hungary
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10
Sep 2010
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won jung choi
South Korea
Seoul
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10
Oct 2010
가능
2011-06-27
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Nat The Nut Nat The Nut
Belgium
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10
Oct 2010
英杰 范
China
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10
Mar 2011
Vasiliy Vasin
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Apr 2011
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Doug Gray
United States
Millersburg
Ohio
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"We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall." NLT
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10
Jun 2012
Fantastic, well balanced filler game. Great to play with family members who aren't gamers.
2012-06-20
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Randall Hunt
United States
Loveland
Colorado
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10
Jul 2015
Love this game of card management. Can be taught in 2 minutes and played in 30. Great game.

Upgraded rating to a 10. This is one of the very few games that plays well with any number from 2 to 6.
2015-07-26
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irka S
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10
Jan 2012
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Marius Stein
Germany
76185 Karlsruhe
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10
Mar 2013
Easy to teach, fast to learn and fast to play.

While there are some strategic decisions to make you - most of all - have to find out the best timing. Furthermore, you have to keep an eye on the supply cards on offer and which cards are being drawn by your opponents.

Seem to play well with any number of players + cheap game.
2013-03-10
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Gabriel Kuriata
Poland
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10
Feb 2015
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Arron the Merciful
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10
May 2015
30 minute game that has enough cutthroat tactics to keep it as a favourite starter
2012-08-22
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Pedro Rodrigues
Portugal
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10
Nov 2012
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Festival of Song Birds, Flaming Sudoku, Spirit of Christmas, and Cardboard Perfume Aficionado
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10
Aug 2013
Fun.
2013-07-04
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Zarach Mortemobire
Canada
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10
Aug 2013
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Kuno
Germany
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10
Sep 2014
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Carl Nilsson
Sweden
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10
Aug 2013
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Lionel Graveleau
France
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10
Apr 2014
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Yuliya Razhkova
Belarus
Minsk
Belarus
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Nov 2013
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