Andreas Steding has already designed one game about the Hanseatic League—the excellent Kogge, in which players trade around the Baltic Sea. Here he returns to the theme with a land-based trading game. The board shows a network of cities across Germany, connected by roads. Players get victory points for building
a network of offices, for controlling cities and for other traders using the cities they control.
Instead of scoring points, players can choose to improve their traders' ‘skills’. The better the skills, the more points they should score later, so there's a balance to be struck between taking points and building for the future.
Hansa Teutonica was launched at the 2009 Spiel games fair in Essen, where it was ranked in the top 10 of Fairplay magazine's poll of attendees' favourite games, and has remained popular ever since. There are two expansions that move the action to different regions: Britannia and the East.
For 2-5 players, aged 12+, playing time 60 minutes: £28.00 (£23.33 tax-free outside the EU)