San Juan (card game)

à la carte Card Game Award 2004: 1st place German Games Award 2004: 2nd place Game of the Year 2004: Games Hit (Game for Two ) Game of the Year 2004: Recommendation List Gamers Choice Awards 2004: Multiplayer Nominees Dutch Games Award 2004: Nominated

San Juan is the card game version of Puerto Rico. Author Andreas Seyfarth, the editing Stefan Brück has done; Franz Vohwinkel designed the graphics. Released the game under the brand Alea at Ravensburger.


Background is not as Puerto Rico 's economic development an island, but a city in the Caribbean. Players build buildings for the production of indigo, sugar, tobacco, coffee or silver, produce and sell. If there are 12 buildings in a city, the game ends and the points obtained are compared.

In the game box located next to a special notepad still 110 playing cards, and a punch plate with 5 role cards

  • Baumeister,
  • Overseer,
  • Dealer,
  • Councilor,
  • Prospector

And 5 trading houses. The cards themselves serve as either a building, as a commodity or currency, depending on how they are used: For example, to build a map with a building at a cost of 3 (ie, interpreted the right ), you have to pay with 3 other cards ( ie put on the discard pile ).


Each player receives four cards at the beginning and a Indigoküperei (first building) for his city. The starting player chooses a role and performs one of this person ascribed function. All players also play that role and make a corresponding action. Then the next player chooses a role and continued so.

The opener of a round receives always a privilege by the selected role. Various buildings have advantages, such as the workhouse, which allows a poor to draw a card, then one because only has a single. Victory points you get through the building, this end also expensive buildings, such as the Victory Column can prove decisive.

Compare with Puerto Rico

Compared to Puerto Rico the plantations of corn and shipping are omitted are added for a silver melt as well as many new buildings. San Juan is explained and played, which makes it very interesting for " inexperienced " players much faster.

San Juan has received the following awards

  • à la carte card game prize for the best card game 2004
  • German Games Award 2004, 2nd place
  • Games Hit 2004 in the category for two games as part of the Austrian Game Award Game of the Year