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The Great Escape!

Game description

Publisher Winning Moves
Designer Leo Colovini
Number of players 2-5
Gamelength 15 Minutes
Category Tactical Race
Age 8+
Price Ca. 15 Euro
Awards Nominated "Spiel des Jahres" 2001, "Spiele Hits" Familien der Wiener Spiele Akademie

The year is 1672. The notorious fortress of Cartagena inspires countless adventure stories and rumours. “No-one can escape from here” claims the architect of the of dungeon. The aim of the game is to be the first to escape with all men. Each player has six pirates, which he must lead through the twisting tunnel as fast as possible to the coast. There a boat lies ready. Whoever leads his men first into the wooden boat, wins the game, however, it is a long tunnel. You can only move your men if you have enough cards and can tactically arrange them to take advantage of previously player pawns. Typically, the direction is forward down the tunnel, however, you must draw bak at certain times to aquire new cards. This to-ing and fro-ing gives the game the uncertain feel as to which team is actually in the lead. You need to decide when to play and when to draw back to gain the advantage.

Cartagena was first played in BSW for the 2005 Deutschen Mannschaftsmeisterschaften. 3 versions are available here on BSW. The Tortuga (standard), the Hispaniola and the Jamaica versions.

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