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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Gordon G
United States
Bossier City
Louisiana
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I'll bring my pimped out version.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Mark Waenink
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Whangarei
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Published in 1988. "Reprinted" by Fantasy Flight Games in 2012.

Edit: Fixed my typo - Thanks Richard.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Justin Berman
United States
White River Junction
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Never played. Box in great shape but with some bowing. Has not been punched but some chits have come loose.

Soft Reserve = $65
 
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
James To My Friends
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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This game does so many things I love. Exploration, route optimizing, and strange random stuff to blame for my bad play. The game is balanced nicely that just as the interesting exploration ends you should have enough drives and a good enough ship to really move around the galaxy and make some serious money.

Favourite moment: Discovering that compact little route in the corner of the board.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Richard Irving
United States
Salinas
California
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First round of the event I GM: Merchant of Venus.

The demo was at 2:00 and my assistants Roderick Lee and Philip Shea jumped in an handled the teaching duties and did a fine job.

We had 46 players for the first round for 12 total games. Given the high attendance at the demo we had several new players which made some of the games go long. But everyone enjoyed the games.
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GeekList: rri1's 2015 WBC
Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Richard Irving
United States
Salinas
California
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Wednesday morning, I am presented with one of the biggest scheduling mysteries of the WBC--why was my event the only game scheduled in Ballroom B at 9:00 on Wednesday. This is the second year this had happened. A typical heat takes only 8-12 tables and I had the room to myself until 11:00 when St. Pete started.

It seems like prime time for a 2 hour (or less) Euro.
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GeekList: rri1's 2015 WBC
Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Richard Irving
United States
Salinas
California
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Then to Marrietta for the final heat. 27 people played 8 more games. It ended up with exactly 25 games winners. Perfect for 5 five player games for the semis, if everyone shows up.
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GeekList: rri1's 2015 WBC
Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Richard Irving
United States
Salinas
California
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The semifinals arrived. Only 20 of the qualifiers showed up this morning so five four player tables were played. The best game was clearly when Kathy Stroh finished fourth with $2975 in a game to $3000. Wow! In another game, I lost racing Freighter race with Mr. Freighter himself, Philip Shea.

The finals started immediately, mostly because Bill Crenshaw had to leave to go to his 40th Anniversary dinner. Congratulations, Bill!

The game when very quickly with 5 fast players and got done an hour before I expected it to. Unfortunately for "Dallar" Bill, he was always short $1 on several of his purchases cry Long time player Vassilli Kyrkos won the title.
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Matt Robertson
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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Merchant of Venus is my favourite game and we keep adding to the game with play aids and visual helpers. So far:

(1) Darthkaden art version ordered from Print & Play Productions with all variant material available.

(2) Supersized map, printed locally and mounted on foamcore.

(3) Three Merchant of Venus Silk-Screened Draw bags.
....1 for the market.
....1 for first contact tokens.
....1 for Discovery tokens.

(4) We put large blue gems on the board to represent undiscovered cultures. Much easier to see at a glance.

(5) We put large red gems on the board to represent undiscovered discovery tiles. Much easier to see at a glance.

(6) We put ore tokens from Stonemaier Treasure Chest on asteroids where mining colonies can be built.

(7) We created 6 custom gates to put on the board to represent tele-gates when and where they appear. Much easier to see at a glance.

(8) Replaced the ships with ships from Eclipse and mounted them on pennies with properly color coded penny gems.

(9) We created culture pillars to place on the board when the cultures are discovered. They include all information needed about a culture.
....What goods they have, how many in total, along with cost and sell.
....What cultures will buy their goods.
....What cultures demand their goods, qty of demand, and extra value.
....What goods this culture demands from others, qty, and extra value.
....Value of the culture IOU.
....Name and cost of factory for this culture.
....Name, cost, and sell value of the factory good for this culture.
....All equipment sold by this culture, along with cost.
....All ships sold by this culture, along with cost.
....What passengers appear at this culture, where they are headed, and price.
....What passengers want to travel to this culture, from where, and price.






Also worthy to note, these are the variants and additional rules we use for our games...

4C Wraith Culture and board is added in.
Mining Colonies.
Quick Start Rules.
Fair Player Start Rules.
All extra ship mats in play.
Games are typically a $3500 or $4000 end game.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Doug Faust
United States
Malverne
New York
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Merchant of Venus is my favorite game, and I've actually made the final table at WBC once before. Regardless, it's always an event I look forward to, and Richard Irving runs a good show.

Monday, Heat 1 This was my first tournament game of the week. I barely won over Bruno Wolff, who mounted red and yellow drives on his clipper to have the fastest ship I've ever seen! Turns out he would have won on his next turn, no roll required. My game was fairly straightforward, but I had pretty good fortune with a turn 1 shield and turn 2 clipper.

Saturday, Semifinals We were playing to $3,000, so it was a bit more involved than the heats. Somehow I was able to get a bunch of early cheap factories, which wasn't bad. I was pretty late getting a clipper, but eventually I got it and a relic yellow drive, so I was pretty fast--though several times I missed my target by a couple of pips. I identified a (longish) loop and started to build it out, but somehow the loop managed to dodge all six telegates that came out in this game (which were great for the other players). I didn't use a telegate the entire game despite there being six of them. Eyal Moses seemed like he was in the lead for most of the game, and ended up winning, but I was in a few turns of being able to win myself. So it's a second place for me, and probably not close enough for laurels.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Chip Crawford
United States
Aubrey
Texas
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Okay, so St. Vincent de Paul's is my new favorite place in the world right now.

Right next to an Asian buffet, it's my little honey hole.

Popped in after lunch today to find a great copy of MoV (albeit TAPED!!!!) for $2.65.

I spoke to the manager about taping. He said they arrive that way.

Still, the prices can't be beat.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Matt Robertson
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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Here is a picture of one of our custom pillars with all of the culture information in our pimped out version of Merchant of Venus.

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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Richard Irving
United States
Salinas
California
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Vassili Kyrkos won his first Merchant of Venus title defeating Eyal Mozes, Philip Shea, Robert Barnes and "Dollar" Bill Crenshaw in the final.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
stefan wegner
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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Condition : some shelfwear but never played
Edition : Avalon Hill
Language : English

Presence at Essen : all days

Reserve : 35 euro
BIN : 60 euro

End of the auction Sunday October 4th at a random time.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Chris Kizer

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Games played: 2
Game type: Train
Other games like it: Empire Builder, Rail Baron
I should like this game. The board is crazy, all kinds of cool things can happen, and it has an excellent space theme. And yet, it is still a train game: players pick up goods at stations, travel along "tracks" and deliver goods to destinations that demand the good. The trick to this game is figuring out a trade route that snags you an economic advantage, and I just seem to struggle at that. Plus, much hinges upon the roll of your dice, and I frequently have problems there as well. Still, I like it more than Empire Builder, so I’m willing to be dragged into a game if there isn’t anything else to do.
 
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Dave Peters
United States
Belmont
California
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Like with Outpost, I came to Merchant of Venus really quite recently. And, retroactively, was sad that I'd not experienced it earlier: I could have enjoyed it for that much longer. This is one of my eldest's favourite games. And it's a wonderfully relaxing comfort-game for me, too. I'd be sad to not retain the copy: it's easily in my top-10.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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I've been playing MoV for decades. It is a great pick up and deliver game, as the routes must be explored, and the variable demand chits appear differently each game. I prefer this as a 3-player game, but will do 4 on occasion.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Why: I rate it a 10.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Jeremy VanSchalkwyk
United States
Raynham
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So long, and thanks for all the fish.
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Pony Casts Fire
United States
New Haven
Connecticut
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Custom 16mm die for Merchant of Venus. Used for selecting culture and start player.

$2 per die.
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Ridgefield
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Joseph Anderson
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Module 1: Transport (Pick Up and Deliver)

Poll: 504 poll - Module 1: Pick-Up & Deliver
  Not at all A little Moderatly Very Much Extremely
How much does Pick-Up & Deliver interest you?
How fun is the module?
  Primary (Goal) Secondary (Economic) Tertiary (Flavor)
Pick-Up & Deliver works particularly well in this position?
  2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Pick-Up & Deliver works particularly well with which other modules?
      2 answers
Poll created by knaves


Information about module in first comment.
 
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Friedemann Friese
Germany
Bremen
Bremen
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Module 1: Transport / Priority: 1 [game end and VPs]

There are 10 cities and 5 different goods (wheat, lumber, livestock, ore and fish) to deliver. In each city there are 4 goods of the same type and the demand for 1 of each of the other goods. So you take one good from one city bring it to another city (with another good) deliver and pick an new and so on. The routes are getting longer because the cities take only one good of each type.

You do have a transporter with 3 points of movement, which is upgradable up to 7 MPs. You can transport 1 good, after an upgrade 2 goods.

The winner is the player who transported the most goods with some VP-bonus for different goods and complete sets, after all players together delivered at least 23 goods.

Sounds easy, but in combination with other modules, you can also transport units, pay instant money for one time faster moves or use your transporter as an explorer as well.

It is a lot of route optimizing here. Look at the board in the beginning, chose your start city well, look when it's the best time to upgrade to faster or "bigger", but depending on the module on priority 2 (income) this may absolutely vary.

Fun Fact: 23 goods to be delivered, to end the game. Where does this come from? No not from calculations, this is just the best number we found from several game tests. It is just a bit more then 20 (half of the available goods), may be that's the clue, but I don't know. It works.
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Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
Neil Henning
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Nutley
New Jersey
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Another one I haven't played yet.
 
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