Navegador - Board Game Box Shot


| Published: 2010

In the 15th century, the Portuguese Prince Henry the Navigator (Henrique o Navegador) summoned the best cartographers and navigators of his time and instructed them to explore the shores of the African coastline . They thereby won expertise in navigation and shipbuilding, heralding the Age of Exploration and enabling Portugal to later to find a sea trade route to India and China. In the height of its power Portugal controlled the sea trade from Brazil to Japan and attained overwhelming wealth with the trade monopoly on spices.

The players represent wealthy trade dynasties that help to build up the Portuguese colonial empire. Tracing the routes of famous explorers they advance all the way to Nagasaki--but sailing into unknown waters is a dangerous venture. Founding colonies and building factories helps them to build up an economic base. But the prices for sugar, gold and spices fluctuate all the time, and only the trade dynasty that adapts to the market will be able to finance its lofty plans. Competing for new discoveries, colonies, shipyards, and churches it is very important to observe the actions of the other players.

Navegador for 2 to 5 players is a challenging strategy game with a little luck, because no-one knows exactly what to expect when discovering new sea regions. Player’s turns follow simple rules and are executed on a rondel, which leads to a fluent play experience.

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17 of 29 gamers found this helpful
“It's only 1 action a turn, how hard can it be?!”

Navegador, like many of Mac Gerdts’ games uses a rondel mechanic for action selection. It limits you to 1 action a turn (unless you have Henrique the Navegador). However, setting up meaningful actions several turns in a row can be very difficult. This game opens up the more it is experienced. Learning the subtle nuances between when to invest in workers and send them away for prestige tokens. It also has the decision of explore versus build an economy. To me, Navegador embodies what a Euro should be, it has depth of play, there are multiple paths to victory. It also has those aching decisions of passing up an action you really want to take an action that will help you in the future.

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13 of 32 gamers found this helpful
“Rondel done well”

I usually stray away from games that incorporate a Rondel mechanism as I have just never really been fond of them.

However, Navegador has quickly become one of my favorite games of 2010.
The Rondel forces players into often painful decisions as they attempt to guide their explorers to victory. Every action has major strategic value, and manipulating the Rondel to exploit them to your advantage adds another layer to this already great game.

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6 of 31 gamers found this helpful
“Mulitple paths to victory”

I think this game is great. It’s big strength is that there are so many congruent objectives to form optimal strategies, and these strategies are varied and depend intricately on the paths that your opponents are taking.


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