Some kilometers west of the African mainland lies the Cape Verde Island of
Santiago. The climate is hot, and every drop of water is precious. In a
large-scale irrigation project, the local landowners vie for the plantations
with the best yield. but what good are the most promising plantations if the
irrigation system expands in the wrong direction and they dry up?
There is only one way to prevent this: bribery, no matter what the cost!
Or, you try to become the new Canal Overseer and it's you who decides where the
water will flow!
Every player buys at auction certain plantations (potatoes, beans, paprika,
bananas, and sugar cane) and tries to connect these to others in order to unite
and enlarge their holdings. Plantations must quickly be connected to the canal
irrigation system so that they do not dry up completely and fail to produce any
yield. Bribes to the Canal Overseer are necessary, in order to insure that the
canal system connects to your own plantations. The sooner that a plantation is
irrigated and is connected to other plantations of the same type, the more yield
-- and thus the more money -- will be gained at the end of the game.
The one who wins will be the one who most skillfully acquires plantations,
irrigates them, and connects them to lucrative plantations of the same type.
1 game board
110 wooden yield markers
45 plantation tiles
20 wooden canals
- 15 blue canals
- 5 proposal canals
150 bank notes
1 canal overseer figure
3 plastic palm trees
1 wooden well marker
8-page color rulebook
Family Strategy Game Nominee 2005
||International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee 2004