In Archipelago, players are Renaissance European powers competing in the exploration of a Pacific or Caribbean archipelago. They will explore territories, harvest resources, use those resources in markets both internal for their use and that of the natives and foreign to sell it in Europe, build markets, harbors, cities and temples, and negotiate among themselves or maybe betray each other – all to complete their secret objectives. They will also need to guess the secret objective of the other players to be able to hinder them or benefit from them.
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