Vasco Da Gama

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  • Designer: Paolo Mori
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing time: 60-120 Min
  • Age: 12+  
  • First Released: 2009

The search for a viable route to India was, since the mid 15th Century, the main goal of almost all expeditions made by the Portuguese Kingdom. In 1488 Bartolomeu Dias rounded the Cape of Good Hope and Pedro da Covilha found a land route, but it was only in 1498 that Vasco da Gama reached the goal and became the first European to reach the legendary Calicut by sea. Vasco da Gama's accomplishment gave Portugal a monopoly of the spice trade between India and Europe.

In Vasco da Gama, each Player plays the part of a rich shipowner pursuing the sea route to India. To succeed in the enterprise, they must manage their money and actions at their disposal in order to hire captains, recruit crew, build ships, launch them, and send them to the landings of Natal, Terra de Boa Gente, Mozambique, Malindi, Mombasa, and Calicut.

For each ship sent, players will receive an immediate reward and will gain prestige (Victory Points). 

The farther the ship is sent, the lower the compensation, but the higher the victory score that the player will earn.