Tuesday, February 25, 2020

#11: Anno 1701: Das Brettspiel (Mark's Top 50 - 2020)

Anno 1701: Das Brettspiel

  • rank: 4267
  • rating: 6.74
Print Status
  • out of print
Why It's On The List
  • While I didn't like Klaus Teuber's attempt to make Anno 1503 deeper via an expansion - I thought it was bloated & made the game much too long - I think his 2nd attempt at a similar game was very, very successful. And that's Anno 1701, which feels like a cross between The Settlers of Catan & Anno 1503.
Tips & Tricks:
    • There are lots of options to harvest victory points (which can win you the game) - but you can't try to do all of them.
    • The island tile sets are nearly identical - the brown ones are just farther from the starting point.
    • Sadly, this game has never been published in English - there are some translation issues but they shouldn't be an insurmountable barrier.
    • Not liking Settlers of Catan does not necessarily mean you'll dislike Anno 1701 - give it a try!.
    • My hot take: I think this design informed the design of Catan: Explorers and Pirates... they share a number of very good design ideas.
    • This is the third of three games on my top 50 list designed by Klaus Teuber.

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