This game draws its inspiration from an extraordinary feat undertaken by a people living in far western Europe at the end of the 15th century. At a time when people believed the world was flat and navigation methods were rudimentary, the Portuguese set out to sea to discover new lands, meet new peoples and introduce the world to new ones.
At the time, all ships entering the Port of Lisbon were required to pay a special tax: the “Vintena da Pimenta” or “Pepper Tax” upon return from their long voyages. The profits were used to build the monastery of St. Mary of Belém otherwise known as the Jerónimos Monastery.
The monument is now a World Heritage site. It has also become a timeless symbol of a period when the Portuguese, truly believing in their abilities, outdid themselves both historically and globally. This game is meant as a humble dedication to this time.
The goal is to achieve the highest possible number of victory points (VPs). The game ends when the last piece of Jerónimos is bought by any player.
The board game is the world map with 32 ports / destinations marked around the world (Americas, Africa, Asia and Indic Islands). In 8 of them you can collect the respective merchandise from that port. The board has also marked the real sea currents that the Caravelles followed at the time. It is surprising that often the fastest way is not the shortest, and the game reveals that perfectly.
Ages: 8 and up
Players: 2 to 4
Playing Time: 60 minutes