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Vsevolod Chernov
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Port of Piraeus is a tabletop model of a Greek market, which gives a warm welcome to merchants from all over the world. This is an elegant economical simulator that brings you back to the times when market was transparent and could be easily influenced by the participants of the trading process, the goods were better and the money had more value.
In this strategy each player will represent on of the six ancient civilizations (China, Rome, Egypt, Persia, India and Barbarians) who’ve come to the sunny port of Piraeus to sell some products and to buy some overseas goods for reasonable prices.

This is a set-collecting game, so to win it you’ll need to buy particular goods: it’s either same goods from different countries (for example, there can be Spices from Egypt, China and Rome - three cards make a set), or different goods from the same country (not the one you’re from, of course). The masters of the market - the Greek also take part in the trading process, but they are played by the game.

At the beginning of the day (game lasts for 8 days - 8 turns, after that players count their sets and the money they get for them) the Greek set up a market (randomly open three cards from the Greek deck), and then all the merchants at the table have to make up their mind - whether they are going to sell or to buy this turn. After everybody has decided, the sellers put from 0 to 2 of their cards on the market and the buyers can purchase any number of goods from the market.

The interesting part is the whole pricing process, because the game mostly consists of buying, selling, pricing, and then buying and selling again. Prices change twice during the game: first, when the Greek put their goods on the market and then, when the players put their. If a particular kind of goods is on the market, its price goes down depending on the number of the same product cards currently available for purchasing. The prices of the goods that have not been put on the market go up. So, the more goods are for sale, the cheaper they are, and vice versa - it’s quite logical, don’t you think?



It’s easy to keep in mind all the prices, because there is a special board and price markers to follow all the changes of the unstable Greek market.
Port of Piraeus is a well-balanced and challenging strategy where you can try your economical and strategical skills and feel how the market works. You’ll need to think logically, plan ahead of your opponents and maybe even bluff to get better deals on the goods you need to finish a winning set.

Definitely not a kid’s game, but a battlefield for great minds who’re up for some deliberate and exciting gaming.
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Aliaksandr Sharstuk
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Board game with excellent simple economic module. I like all this price's jumping=)
 
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