For board game players wishing to explore trade in the Far East, Rio Grande Games has brought Batavia to the United States. Originally published by Queen Games in Germany, Batavia draws players’ merchants to outposts around the Indian Ocean, where they can collect a variety of exotic goods, including tea, cotton, porcelain, silk, ginger, nutmeg, and pepper. Ship passage to these destinations is auctioned, with proceeds being distributed to the losing bidders. But travelling the seas with valuable cargo can be risky. And so the game also challenges players with pirates that can disrupt shipping.


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