Cartagena is an older game designed by Leo Colovini and is often described as a gamer’s version of Candy Land. To play the game you will play a card from your hand and move one of your pirates forward, similar to the kids game. But you have a finite number of cards, and in order to draw cards back up you have to move one of your pirates back. This creates lots of choices because as you get your pirates out, you have less options and so you have to plan for that. If you don’t properly plan you may end up unable to take the actions you want. First person to get all their pirates out is the winner.
Now Rio Grande Games is reprinting this classic but also updating it and including the squeal game, Cartagena 2: The Pirate’s Nest, right in the box. The art has been overhauled and several new variants have been included in the box to make the game feel fresh. So if you want to get your hands on the new Cartagena, look for it on store shelves later this month.