60m - 120m
2 - 5 Players
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Altiplano, a bag-building game along the lines of Orléans set in the South American highlands of the Andes — the Altiplano — is not a simple game, presenting players with new challenges time and again. There are various ways to reach the goal, so the game remains appealing to try out new options and strategies, but success or failure also depends on whether your opponents let you do as you like or thwart the strategy you are pursuing. The competition for the individual types of goods is considerable — as is the fun in snatching a coveted extension card from under another player’s nose!
Each player starts with a unique role tile, giving them access to different goods and methods of production. Players have limited access to production at the start, but they can acquire additional production sites throughout the game that give new options. The numerous goods — such as fish, alpaca, cacao, silver or corn — all have their own characteristics and places where they can be used. For example, while silver can be sold for a high price at the market, fish can be exchanged for other goods at the harbor and alpaca can produce wool that can then be made into cloth at the farm.
Aside from building up an effective production, players must fulfill their orders at the right time, develop the road in good time and store their goods cleverly enough to fill their warehouses in the most valuable way. Often, a good warehouse keeper is more relevant in the end than the best producer.
2 Players, 3 Players, 4 Players, 5 Players
60m – 120m
Action Points, Contracts, Deck, Bag, and Pool Building, Variable Player Powers
Angry Lion Games, Arrakis Games, Baldar, dlp games, GaGa Games, Giochix.it, Meeple BR Jogos, Pixie Games, Surfin' Meeple China, White Goblin Games, Arclight, Reflexshop, Renegade Game Studios
Doesn't replace Orleans, but it was a fun bag building game. The components were BAD, though, in the Renegade version. The cardboard started peeling and pieces don't stay together. The start player token doesn't stand up.
December 2022 - 7 - 3+ plays (all at 2 player) + Bag building is a fun twist on the more prevalent deck building mechanism. + Lots of resources to manage. + Unique player abilities help provide nudges towards different strategies to try. + Timing moving around the "map" to maximize actions at each spot and sequencing them leads to some fun decisions. = Have never played Orleans which I've heard split opinions on whether it is better or worse than Altiplano. - Lacking a bit in player interactions and ability to mess with opponents may lead to games feeling "samey". Not a lot of plays yet so more interaction may emerge as we get more experienced.
I don't think this is different enough from Orleans to own both - but here I am owning both! I very much enjoy Altiplano as essentially another take on the Orleans system of bag building and engine-combo placements. It stayed on the table a bit long for 3 players - perhaps because we deliberated too long on optimal moves? But other than that, it played very well and easily with several ways to score. Each placement is satisfying and ensures wanting to play again to optimize even better.