The place is the south coast of the English Channel, in the Normandy region of France. Here rests the magnificent port of Le Havre, gateway to Europe. In Uwe Rosenberg’s classic board game, Le Havre™, each player is vying to become the preeminent shipping magnate, outshining their competitors.
Le Havre has been out of print for a while but soon it will be sailing back into hobby game stores courtesy of Mayfair and Lookout Games. Let’s take a look at the game and why it’s a game you’ll definitely want to look at if you’re a fan of strategy games.
Each turn, players will reveal goods coming into the harbor. From there they take one of two main actions, either to take all the goods from one dock (all the accumulated wood or clay, for example) or to use their worker. Alternately, players can take special actions, to buy buildings, sell buildings or repay loans.
After 7 turns, the game advances to a new year, which requires players to feed their workers and allows them to take a harvest. During the harvest, players with 1 grain will grow an additional grain and players will two cattle will breed one additional cattle.
As the game progresses, players will begin to build ships, both for exporting goods but also to import food to feed their workers. Players will also build a variety of buildings allowing their workers to take more actions, such as converting grain into bread, or smoking fish to making each a more valuable source of food.
At the end of the game, players will add up the value of all their buildings, plus their gold on hand and whoever has the most gold is the winner!
About Le Havre: Le Havre was designed by Uwe Rosenberg for 1-5 players, ages 10 and up. Games take between 30 and 150 minutes.