Reviewed by Greg J. Schloesser
SANTA MARIA (Aporta Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 45-90 minutes; $54.99)
Every now and then I am surprised by a game, finding myself really enjoying it after initially low expectations. A few folks in our game group played Santa Maria shortly after last year’s Spiel in Essen and the reaction was, well, poor to mediocre. After their subpar reaction, my enthusiasm to play the game waned considerably, and it languished on my shelf unplayed for many months. When I finally brought it to the table, I wasn’t expecting much, but I was very pleasantly surprised.