|Players:||1 - 4|
|Time:||20 - 40 minutes|
Among the many reasons that Oaxaca (pronounced wah-HA-kah) is well known are its exquisite handicrafts. Drawing upon generations of tradition, as well as Oaxaca’s vast quantities of raw materials, entire families within this state in Southern Mexico dedicate their lives to perfecting their craft. You are a family of skilled Oaxacan handicraftsmen preparing to sell your artisan wares to eager tourists at a bustling tianguis (a large, outdoor market) within Oaxaca City. Can you lead your family to a distinguished position with your exquisite craftsmanship, or are your crafts common for the culture?
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This game may look compact, but you need a little more space to set up than your average card came, as you'll have each players crafted cards and six cards in the center of the table alongside 5 draw piles(cards are about 1/3 size of regular cards approx). You will also need to roll your 5 player coloured dice, we often use the box lid for this, though Hobby Games do sell dice rolling trays. Overall I enjoy this game with other players. The gameplay is a different concept that I haven't experienced before, and it's likely you haven't either. You roll your dice and take turns to craft and sell items. Once an item is crafted you can use its benefits throughout the game. There is also 3 rounds, and on each round you have two tourist cards available to you (using one tourist action, unless otherwise specified, per round). These tourist cards offer bonus turns, re-rolls, additional gather and craft actions etc. There are a couple of suggested game variants available as well as the ability to play with or without the 'Taste of Oaxaca' expansion (included in the box). Though there is a solo variant, it can feel like you are just getting started when the game is about to end, but there's no reason why you can't tweak it in your own way if you choose to make it longer. I would recommend this game to someone looking for a 30-40min multiplayer game with a bit of strategy and a 20-30 min solo play game which I'd say would be good for practicing strategies to use in multiplayer games.