Century: Spice Road*

Century: Spice Road is the first game in a series that delves into the rich and vibrant history of spice trading. Set against the backdrop of the legendary Silk Road, players take on the roles of caravan leaders, journeying across continents to trade spices and achieve fame and glory. This game combines elements of strategy and resource management, making it an engaging experience for players who enjoy economic and trading games.

Gameplay Overview

  • Role as Caravan Leaders: Players lead caravans on the Silk Road, aiming to trade and deliver spices.
  • Four Main Actions: Players have four actions to choose from on their turn:
    1. Establish a Trade Route: Take a market card to open new trading opportunities.
    2. Trade or Harvest Spices: Utilize cards in hand to trade spices or harvest them.
    3. Fulfill a Demand: Meet the requirements of a victory point card and claim it.
    4. Rest: Recover all played cards back into your hand.
  • Victory Point Cards: Fulfilling demand cards is essential for scoring victory points.
  • Endgame Trigger: The game concludes after a player claims their fifth victory point card.
  • Victory Points: The player with the most victory points at the end of the game is declared the winner.


Century: Spice Road offers a compelling blend of strategic decision-making and resource management. Its simple yet deep gameplay mechanics make it accessible to new players while still offering strategic depth for experienced gamers. The theme of spice trading on the Silk Road adds an historical and educational element, enriching the overall gaming experience. With its quick setup and straightforward rules, it's an excellent choice for game nights, appealing to a wide range of players.

Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

  • 2 - 5 Players
  • 30 - 45 Minutes
  • 8+ years old
  • Easy to learn

Video reviews, ratings, Let's Plays and tests for Century: Spice Road

  • YouTube Review for the game "Century: Spice Road" by BoardGameGeek
    Video is in English

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