Fresh from two victories in this one at our recent Gulf Games get-together in Panama City, Lenny quickly pulled this one off the shelf for its inaugural play at our Bayou Bungalow. Of course, I insisted that we all use our best Middle-Eastern accent.
The basic premise of the game is to secure select locations for shops and then try to move groups of tourists (or at least have your opponents move them) by your shops. Tourists of the same color as your shop will rush in and spend their money on your wares. The more tourists in your shop, the more money you earn. Of course, if an opponent moves them by, you must pay him a commission.
A player has two actions on his turn: he can move tourists 1 or 2 spaces (which usually results in them passing a few shops) and/or auction a shop if he only moved the tourists one space. Or, if he elects not to move any tourists, he may auction 2 shops. When shops are auctioned, the auctioneer gets a commission based on the ultimate sale price.
The rules are very simple and the game isn't too taxing. There are enough interesting decisions to make each turn to keep the game intriguing. It plays in about 30 - 45 minutes, so it makes for a nice filler.
Lenny's streak was broken in this one, as Jon captured the victory.
The finals: Jon 2975, Eric 2450, Greg 2450, Lenny 2125
Ratings: Greg 7, Lenny 7, Eric 6, Jon 4