|In the year 1600 Amsterdam was a city of 50,000 and a bright future. Trade flourished and many new buildings graced the harbor. Enterprising Dutch merchants traveled to the Americas, Africa and the Orient in search of the new commodities valued at home.|
This period of history is the basis for this game. Players take the roles of powerful Merchant families of that time. The players invest in the commodity market, build warehouses in Amsterdam and open trade offices in the colonies as they compete to become the most successful merchant in Amsterdam and win the game.