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Subject: Is Puerto Rico Better than San Juan and other Questions? rss

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john m
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I have only played San Juan. I like that game very much. I saw that it was based upon Puerto Rico, but wondered if it was a fun as San Juan. Is it worth it to get the game Puerto Rico if I like San Juan?

Also, how long does a game last?

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Brian Pihl
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I rate Puerto Rico a 10 and San Juan a 7. It would be worth it to get the "real" thing.
 
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bkpihl wrote:
I rate Puerto Rico a 10 and San Juan a 7. It would be worth it to get the "real" thing.


I agree with the Pihls. San Juan feels like filler to me. PR is much deeper.
 
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I disagree. I think San Juan is more fun. I'd recommend having both tho.
 
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gilesclone wrote:
I disagree. I think San Juan is more fun. I'd recommend having both tho.


Why do you say this? It seems most folks like both, but many think PR is better with more depth, etc. Thanks.
 
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Not everyone likes depth. Puerto Rico is without doubt deeper. It takes longer though and I could see someone liking San Juan more because they find PR a little boring.

I sure don't. I love Puerto Rico and have little interest in ever playing San Juan again.
 
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dkeisen wrote:
Not everyone likes depth. Puerto Rico is without doubt deeper. It takes longer though and I could see someone liking San Juan more because they find PR a little boring.

I sure don't. I love Puerto Rico and have little interest in ever playing San Juan again.


How long does it take to play PR?
 
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I like both because PR allows in-depth strategic thinking while SJ is easy to set up and keep while retaining some strategic playing value as PR. I play SJ almost as much as PR. PR takes about 45 min or less while SJ about 15 min or less. On days when there's little free time to spare, I'd go for SJ.
 
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Another issue is the set up time. San Juan takes about 2 minutes where PR takes a bit longer. Also, PR is much more compact with way less pieces making it an awesome travel game. It makes a great filler, and because of its quick play time, ends up gatting played more. It also plays well with 2, unlike PR. Having said that, I think PR is a deeper more enjoyable game......Get them both!!
 
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Between setup and playing, PR usually takes us 90-150 minutes, depending upon who is playing. Some people are so SLOW. I liked San Juan for awhile, but I think PR is so much better. I finally got rid of San Juan, but I'll never get rid of PR.
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I wrote a review over in the San Juan game entry which specifically addressed this question since I played my first game of PR and my first game of SJ within about a week of each other.

I had one set of friends who really liked PR and then met another gamer who preferred San Juan. So it is going to depend on your preferred gaming style and the game length you like.

My full comparison can be found here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/1319726#1319726
 
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My wife who is not a serious gamer much prefers San Juan. Most of my gamer friends prefer Puerto Rico.

I'm happy to play either.
 
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They are entirely different.

They share the role-picking mechanism, but so what? so does Age of Steam.

Other than that, one is a card game and one is a board game. They have a similar theme, and overlapping terminology (on purpose, since SJ was published with the intent of capitalizing on the success of PR), but they really have very little in common otherwise.
 
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Puerto Rico is a four-star steak dinner and San Juan is a big juicy hamburger cooked just the way you like it.
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