San Juan (game)

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San Juan
Game scene
Game scene
Game data
author Andreas Seyfarth
graphic Franz Vohwinkel
publishing company alea / Ravensburger ,
Rio Grande Games ,
Filosofia Editions
Publishing year 2004
Art Card game
Teammates 2 to 4
Duration 45 - 60 minutes
Age from 10 years on


à la carte card game prize 2004: 1st place
German game prize 2004: Place 2
Game of the Year 2004: Games Hit (Games for two)
Game of the Year 2004: recommendation list
Gamers Choice Awards 2004: Nominees Multiplayer
Dutch game award 2004: nominated

Stefan Brück (alea) receives the award for San Juan as the best card game of 2004 at the Essener Spieltage .

San Juan is the card game version of Puerto Rico . The author is Andreas Seyfarth , the editing was done by Stefan Brück; Franz Vohwinkel designed the graphics. The game was published under the Alea brand by Ravensburger Spieleverlag .


The background is not the economic development of an island, as is the case with Puerto Rico, but a city in the Caribbean. The players build buildings for the production of indigo, sugar, tobacco, coffee or silver, produce and sell. If there are 12 buildings in a city, the game is over and the points scored are compared.

In addition to a special notepad, the game box also contains 110 playing cards and a punching board with 5 role cards

  • Builder,
  • Overseer,
  • Dealer,
  • Councilor,
  • Prospectors

and 5 trading houses. The cards themselves serve either as buildings, goods or currency, depending on how they are used. For example, to build a card with a building with a construction cost of 3 (i.e. to place it in front of you), you must pay with 3 other cards from your hand (i.e. to discard it).


At the beginning each player receives four cards and an indigo shop (first building) for his city. The starting player selects a role and performs a role assigned to that person. All players also slip into this role and take a corresponding action. Then the next player chooses a role and so on.

The opener of a round always receives a privilege through the chosen role. Various buildings also have advantages, such as the poor house , which allows a poor person to draw a card if you only have one. You get victory points for the buildings erected and, in the end, expensive buildings such as the victory column can also prove to be decisive.

Comparison with Puerto Rico

Compared to Puerto Rico, the plantations, the maize and the shipping have been omitted, a silver smelter and many new buildings have been added. San Juan is explained and played much faster, which makes it very interesting even for "inexperienced" players.

San Juan has received the following awards

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