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Imagine that you could found a city, and shape it according to your will. In 1703, Tsar Peter the Great began from nothing to create the city of Saint Petersburg. With this new edition of a true classic, you can re-enact the creation of one of the most beautiful cities of Russia.
You've asked for it, and now it's time: The new edition of Saint Petersburg
is finally here! Including a new game phase, new illustrations, and many more extras
. This project has always had a special place in our hearts, having been requested so often by so many gamers. But despite the oft expressed interest, up to now we were never able to measure if enough support for a new edition actually existed. Now we at Hans im Glück, with the help of Spieleschmiede, would like to give a beautiful new life to Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is now a US-friendly project! We found a partner to ship the games in North America. This way we could cut the shipping fees greatly (only 13€ to USA, 16€ to Canada). And you don't need to worry about customs or any hidden cost anymore!
What is Saint Petersburg?
Saint Petersburg is a multiple award winning board/card game
, that combines uniquely combines tactics and strategy
. The original version of Saint Petersburg came out in 2004, and received the Deutschen Spiele Preis
, the International Gamers Award
(best multi-player strategy), the Trictrac dor (game of the year), the Spiel der Spiele
award (Spiele-Hit for experts), and was nominated for the Spiel des Jahres. The new edition will contain not only the base game, but also the existing expansion by Karl-Heinz Schmiel
For this new edition of Saint Petersburg we've kept the well-known and loved basic game, but also added an additional game phase. This will allow us to fully integrate the fifth player
into the game. The new market phase will introduce a new mechanic
providing additional victory points and rubles. The purple action cards from the banquet expansion will also have matching cards for the market phase. And of course for lovers of the old version it will be still possible to play the game by the original rules.
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In addition, we'll be revising all the art. Not only the cover and instructions, but also the game board and the over 100 cards
will be getting a face-lift from our two artists: Anne Pätzke and Irene Bressel
. The Spieleschmiede project will also give you the chance for an exclusive extra, and additional add-ons only available to Spieleschmiede supporters.
Who is Saint Petersburg for?
Saint Petersburg is well suited to gamers who enjoy strategic development and optimization games
. Serious gamers will find a lot to love in this game. For beginners, the rules can be learned quickly and are not too complex. However, you'll find that the many different card types and effects
can quickly cause situations to arise requiring good tactics and strategy. The new version of Saint Petersburg is designed for up to five players.
How do you play Saint Petersburg?
In Saint Petersburg you'll be buying different types of cards: workers, buildings, aristocrats, trading cards and the new market cards
. In every phase a new type of card will be available for purchase. You'll start with workers, who are good at bringing in rubles. The new market (yellow) cards, bring in new resources.
Having the majorities in these resources from round to round will earn you additional victory points. This battle for the lead enhances the game experience, and expands the tactical and strategic possibilities of the players. In the next phase buildings can be acquired, mostly granting victory points. Aristocrats provide a mix of victory points and rubles, and also lead to a large end-game point bonus that can't be ignored.
Trading cards allow already purchased cards to be improved. These phases will repeat until a one of the card decks runs out. At this point the final victory points are counted, and the winner is declared.
The rulebook for the original base game can be read here: Saint Petersburg Rulebook
The new version of Saint Petersburg is, even with the addition of the fifth phase, the same game the so many gamers have come to love
Saint Petersburg is a thoroughly enjoyable game. Certainly one of the best games of this year. Everyone should have it in his collection.
Herbert Heller - Fairplay 68 (2004)
Complex at first glance, but simple and ingenious after you play several rounds! In the long run an addictive game!
Jörg Köninger - Cliquenabend
Saint Petersburg is a fast paced development and optimization game without the potential for frustration. Families, casual gamers, or serious gamers will all get their money's worth here.
Martin Schönwälder - Ludoversum
Saint Petersburg funding goals
Together with the gaming community we want to bring Saint Petersburg back to the market and, where possible, to improve it. After we've reached our minimum funding goal we have many possible improvements
for Saint Petersburg in mind - including nicer wooden pieces, and two additional expansions.
22.000 € - More elaborate wooden pieces
: Saint Petersburg includes several wooden pieces that serve as a victory point reminder and start-player markers. Reaching this goal will allow us to make the figures more detailed, and made from higher quality material.
25.000 € - Assistant Expansion
: This new expansion would include five assistants. At the beginning of the game each player would receive one assistant that grants a bonus in a specific phase (workers or buildings for example). After each round the assistants will be passed on, so that each player receives a new assistant.
28.000 € - Event Expansion
: The Event Expansion will add a completely new element to Saint Petersburg. One-time events will now occur in the game, opening up additional possibilities. But that's all we can reveal at the moment.
38.000 € - Online Version at Brettspielwelt
: Saint Petersburg will be available to play online with players from all around the world on Brettspielwelt.
48.000 € - "The Even Newer Society"
: the 12 cards of the original "New Society" expansion, that are not the ones for the 5th player expansion and that are not the cards that modify cards of the base game, will be added to the base game. Also there will be an option to get exactly these missing cards as an additional reward.
55.000 € - Hurdles
: The hurdles are a small expansion for Saint Petersburg. Markers can be placed on the scoring track. If a player gets past this hurdle, a special event will be triggered. But that's all we can reveal at the moment.
65.000 € - At your Service
: Mission cards will be added. If players complete their missions, they score extra points.
Sankt Petersburg will be released in two languages, German and English. If you want the German version of the game, please change the language of this project page to German on the top of this page. Otherwise you will receive an English copy.
Spieleschmiede exclusive rewards
You'll also receive a very special bonus, exclusive for Spieleschmiede supporters
. We will include a set of five die-cut markers in every game, that can be used once per game in the aristocrat or trading card phase to fill the board with as many new cards as possible. With some luck, this improved selection will allow you to get that missing card your strategy depends on.
This new edition of Saint Petersburg will be unique for another reason as well. We're giving you the chance to have your own likeness immortalized in the game.
Our two artists, Anne Pätzke and Irene Bressel, will integrate your image into the game in a historically appropriate way using Saint Petersburg's unique new art style.
Supporters have the possibility of adding their likeness to one of 14 character (worker and aristocrat) cards, 5 ruble bills, and 5 trading cards
. Additionally, eight prominent members of the international gaming community will also be represented on the cards. Help choose who they'll be by participating in our survey
running until March 26th.
Who is behind this new edition?
is the creative mind responsible for Saint Petersburg, having published it in 2004 under the pseudonym Michael Tummelhofer
. This new version has been further developed by Karl-Heinz Schmiel
and the HiG play testers
. Graphically, Saint Petersburg will be revised by Anne Pätzke and Irene Bressel
. The team responsible for, among other games, Carcassonne Winter Edition. For Saint Petersburg they will be designing the cover, game board, and over 100 cards.
At Hans im Glück we've been publishing games since the 80's
, and since then have come to stand for top quality products
. For the new edition of Saint Petersburg we've tested every aspect of the game to the smallest detail
. We hope that you'll love the new version as much as we do.
This project isn't about fully funding the game! A project this large unfortunately can't be realized with only the amount we're asking for here. Why are we doing this then? We at HiG want to get you involved in the project. This is a unique opportunity to work together to bring a great game back to life
. We also want to demonstrate that there is enough interest in a revised edition. Show us by pledging that Saint Petersburg still has it's place in the gaming world! We look forward to making your game, and thank you in advance for your support!
Hans im Glück is already a successful publisher of numerous games. Their portfolio includes over 150 titles, including many award winners like El Grande (Spiel des Jahres and Deutscher Spiele Preis 1996), Carcassonne (Spiel des Jahres and Deutscher Spiele Preis 2001), Dominion (Spiel des Jahres 2009), and of course also the subject of this project Saint Petersburg (Deutscher Spiele Preis 2004).
The game is designed not only for experienced gamers, but also for casual and family gamers, and we believe a recommended age of 10 years and older to be appropriate.
Early October Delivery
Out goal is to be able to deliver Saint Petersburg in early October. Spiele-Offensive.de will handle the delivery of the rewards. Backers in Germany will receive everything shipped for free. For other countries see this postage cost table
Please do not
add the postage costs to your pledge amount yourself. Spieleschmiede will automatically calculate and add them based on your delivery address.
Please support Saint Petersburg by backing this project. You can also help us greatly by telling others about the project - whether by posting in your favorite forum, linking it from your website, or sharing it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
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This project is run by Hans im Glück Verlag GmbH, Birnauer Str. 15 in 80809 München, Deutschland.
Pictures of the game and packaging represent the current state of development, and may still be subject to change.
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