In Oltre Mare, players represent competing merchant families
plying their trade throughout the region. As the players move their ships from
port to port, they try to load and deliver large cargos of the seven major
trading goods of the day: spices, silk, silver, sugar, wine, wood, and grain.
With experience, each has learned what the market limit for each good is, and
will try to fill his ship with just this much of each cargo type to gain the
most from his investments. Of course, players must always be on the lookout for
pirates, who will board careless ships, stealing both cargos and reputations.