In 1811, the Chilean Congress decided upon free trade for the harbor city of Valparaíso ; and shortly thereafter, the country proclaimed its independence. As influential citizens of Valparaíso, players strive to advance the development of their city. For this purpose, you send merchants to the hinterlands to trade there, and sail your ships overseas to attain new achievements. In order to accomplish this goal, you need to plan ahead carefully, but also keep an eye on the other players and react to their actions on short notice. If your plans are not good enough, you’ll run out of time – in the short as well as the long term. That’s because you are under time pressure and the end of the game often comes sooner than you think !