Eric and John both arrived at the Masonic hall in Holliston early. John was making his first visit in quite a few years. With two players on hand, Eric taught John the rules to San Juan, the card game "little brother" of Puerto Rico.
Both players tried a production strategy. Eric was first Governor and got Tobacco going on his first play while John could only build a second Indigo. This set a pattern for much of the game with Eric producing the more valuable goods until near the end, when John built two Silver Smelters. Eric also built a Chapel and buried five cards under it (a Chapel seems especially useful when you're going for production, since you don't have to worry about that eighth card.)
Neither player built a Guild Hall or a City Hall, though Eric did fit a Palace in at the very end.
Eric 23 + 5 for the Chapel + 7 for the Palace = 35, John 21.
Eric's rating: 8. San Juan doesn't quite seem like an 8, but it is so easy to set up and teach that I find myself getting it out often.