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Cargo Noir : Trafficking in Troubled Waters
Little Hong Kong: Hour of the Tiger - Loaded with clandestine goods, a sampan glides through the dark waters of Aberdeen Harbour. It slips unnoticed under the bow of a British patrol boat whose crew seems more interested in sleep than watchfulness.
Days of Wonder announces Cargo Noir - a game of illicit trading in which players run ¡°families¡± who traffic in smuggled goods. Designed by Serge Laget, the game takes place in the thrilling and evocative setting of 1950¡äs film noir.
Game play in Cargo Noir revolves around a changing set of notorious smuggling ports ¨C Hong Kong, Bombay, Rotterdam, Panama, Tanger, Rio, Cape Town, New York and Macao ¨C that are filled with various types and quantities of contraband. Players dispatch cargo ships loaded with gold to the ports that hold cargo they desire ¨C hoping that it will be enough to snatch the goods away from any opponents. The acquired goods are then stored in the player¡¯s warehouses until enough is accumulated to create valuable combinations to trade away for Victory Spoils.
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|A good gateway game, 2-5 players play crime families scrambling to get their hands on smuggled goods. Players go to different ports to outbid their opponents for contraband like jewels, ivory and uranium and place them into their warehouses. These items are then cashed in for things that would help the player in the game or items that would boost the player's victory points. Good game. Give this game some props!
|Cargo Noir is an auction game that shines because it manages to turn very simple rules into engaging and highly tactical gameplay. It provides a much deeper experience than the rules imply and once the player know how to evaluate the value of the lots they are bidding on, it can be extremely competitive (and thus fun).