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Welcome to Which Game First where we boldly explore the hilariously huge world of board games. Did we unearth any hidden treasures you’ve been missing out on? Let’s find out!

Bad Doctor

Designed by: Dan Germain & Eric Magnan
Published by: Mayday Games (2018)
Players: 2 – 4
Ages: 10 & up
Playing time: 30 – 40 min

In Bad Doctor, a tile-laying game, the players are doctors competing for the glory of being the best of the worst doctors by making sure nobody dies on their shift! 

Patients are treated by laying treatment tiles with matching malady symbols. Doctors mark the patients they managed to treat, but patients left untreated develop complications. 

A patient will die if they go untreated and develop too many complications.

If a doctor cures the final malady on a patient during their shift, that doctor will score their doctor’s marker on their tableau. 

The game ends when one doctor has collected eight or more doctor markers, winning the game, and achieving the dubious distinction of being the best Bad Doctor in the hospital!

Puerto Rico

Designed by: Andreas Seyfarth
Published by: alea & Ravensburger (2002)
Players: 3 – 5
Ages: 12 & up
Playing time: 90 – 150 min

In Puerto Rico, players assume the roles of colonial governors on the island of Puerto Rico. The aim of the game is to amass victory points by shipping goods to Europe or by constructing buildings.

Each governor has their own tableau, with spaces for city buildings, plantations, and resources. Shared between the players are three ships, a trading house, and a supply of resources and doubloons.

Grow crops and exchange them for victory points or doubloons. Doubloons can be used to buy buildings, which allow players to produce more crops or give them other abilities. But you will need colonists to work your plantations and buildings.

Governors take turns selecting a role card (such as “Trader” or “Builder”). When a role is chosen, every player gets to take the action appropriate to that role. 

Earn victory points for owning buildings, for shipping goods, and for manned “large buildings.” 

The governor with the most victory points at the end of the game wins the game, and a 50 ft bronze statue will be erected in San Juan for that player, the greatest governor in the history of Puerto Rico!

Yucata

Designed by: Stefan Dorra
Published by: Hans im Glück (1996)
Players: 2 – 4
Ages: 9 & up
Playing time: 30 min

Yucata is a game for the single track minded, because there is a single track.

The goal is to collect the most yellow colored stones as you move along the track, and try to avoid the blue stones, which count as negative points.

Players move by playing cards from their hand. Seven cards in total: 1 through 5 plus a special card which allows you to move the same as the last card played by another player, and another special card which allows you to leapfrog to the lead position on the track.  You can’t play a card that was just played by another player (if Ed placed a 3, I can not also place my 3 card, I have to choose something else)

The last spot on the board holds the lone red stone which will knock out one of your blue stones in the final count. When the end is reached, count your points, and prepare to declare VICTORY … or IGNOMINY and thereby insulting the Mayan civilization dating back hundreds, if not thousands of years. No pressure though.

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