Baroque palaces, wide boulevards, and elegant bridges: St Petersburg. On May 16, 1703, Czar Peter the Great lays the foundation for the first building. Quickly impressive buildings are erected that are ever more grand and beautiful. Such buildings bring the aristocracy glory and the players victory points. But you need traders to bring the rubles necessary for all this magnificence, otherwise, the buildings are empty and bare. But the competition never sleeps and may grab needed cards right from under your nose. St Petersburg: the card game of beautiful living on the Neva.
Tom Vasel (3 out of 5)
Well, the International Gamers Awards for 2004 have just been announced, and St. Petersburg (Rio Grande Games - 2004, Michael Tummelhofer) has won the general strategy award. As usual, this award (as with all awards) has kicked up debate all over the internet on the merits as to whether it should have won; who should have won, etc. If one game award matches my pick for the year, I count myself lucky; and this year Ticket to Ride won the Spiel des Jahres. My pick for the IGA would have been Goa, but I do understand the immense popularity of St. Petersburg. When I was Origins, people were playing it everywhere; I see session reports for it all over the internet, and the praises ring out loud.
...Read the rest of this review - 9/25/2004
Shin Yoo (4 out of 5)
St.Petersburg seems to be one of the mostly discussed games nowadays, among Goa and Raja. The box says that the designer's name is Michael Tummelhofer, but the truth is, Bernd Brunnhofer of Hans Im Gluck did not wanted his name to appear as both the publisher and the designer, so made up this name. He borrowed from Jay Tummelson(Rio Grande Games) and Michael Bruinsma(999 Games).
The theme of this game is about re-building the city of St.Petersburg, but the game is about collecting items in front of you. Each Item is made of a card, and the game is composed of 4 kinds of cards : tradesmen, buildings, nobles and upgrade cards. There is also a game board which has score track as well as spa
...Read the rest of this review - 7/28/2004