This is a purely personal question, but I figure with the worldly and well read audience of this blog (flattery goes a long way, I know), you out there may know of other instances where my native island of Puerto Rico is mentioned in game materials and/or supplements. This comes from a conversation I was having with a friend who asserted Puerto Rico is not mentioned in ANY game and I could positively tell him it is. Also I have this weird notion that gamers in Puerto Rico need to create content specific to our history, culture and folklore, sort of get Puerto Rico out there in the gaming sense… But I get ahead of myself!
I write this from memory as I am currently away from home and don’t have access to my collection, so I apologize for any mistakes.
I know Puerto Rico is mentioned in an old TOP SECET S.I. supplement, Commando (there is a blurb about halfway down this page) and recall thinking how much the information in it was off or simply wrong, The source the author consulted might not have been the best.
There was a pirate themed D20 book for adventuring in the corsair infested Caribbean published by Green Ronin, Skull & Bones. I don’t remember if Puerto Rico was mentioned in the text, I do recall there were maps including it.
I remember paging through Pirates of the Spanish Main (midway through on this page), a supplement for Savage Worlds, in GenCon 2007 and picking up on some detail I knew was historically inaccurate and telling the people at the booth.
And of course there is the German board game Puerto Rico. The name pretty much says it all! I have NOT played the game, I don’t even own it, but the Wikipedia page says it takes place in Puerto Rico and it Wikipedia says it is so then it must be right!
That is all I can come up with. Not bad really… I know some local entrepreneurs have created board games with a local flavor, but I can’t find information on them right now. So I ask gentle reader for your help, do you know if any instance in a game where Puerto Rico is mentioned or referenced? I realize some of you may be hearing about my little corner of tropical paradise for the first time (although I have posted about it before) and I’m not asking you to go back and check your collection. Just keep an eye out for any future reference. This inquiring mind wants to know!
PS – Those of you living in big cities (NY, LA, London, Seattle, etc.) get supplements and games written about your home all the time. What about those living in other out of the way places, has your home ever been mentioned on a game?
Not only is there a euro-boardgame called Puerto Rico; it is even considered one of the best boardgames ever, currently ranked #2 by the all-knowing people at BoardGameGeek
So, as Puerte Rican (how do you spell that) you should definitely find a copy and try it!
The Shadowrun supplement Cyberpirates talks about Puerto Rico quite a bit.
The fact that your friend does not know of the existence of the board game Puerto Rico, arguably one of the most famous modern board games since Catan, is grounds for revoking his gamer card.
The venerable James Bond Basic Game from Victory Games talks about Casinos in Puerto Rico and details the gambling laws and house rules that apply. Pretty sweet write-up.
Scouring the net, and as it’s well and truly out of print, I’ve tracked down a pdf version of James Bond Basic Game (and supplements) here: http://drmikessteakdinner.com/2008/05/14/download-the-james-bond-rpg-game/
I don’t live in any big city myself, but I was born in Aachen, Germany. The city is pretty famous in the country nowadays because of its excellent university, but it was also Charlemagne’s seat of power during his reign over most of Europe in the 9th century. This was probably one of the reasons why the old German translator and publisher of the oWoD, Feder & Schwert, created a supplement for the Dark Ages game line called “Reichsgold: Aachen bei Nacht”. I have never read the book myself, but after I heard of its existence and that it was an “official” setting for a White Wolf product, I felt a sudden rush of warmth in my gamer heart… ;D
It’s interesting that you list Seattle as a “big city”. It is actually the 23rd most populous city in the USA (and my home). Houston, El Paso, Jacksonville, and Memphis are all more populous, but there is another factor at work here.
Seattle is interesting. As an early tech hub and set discretely away from other major cities, it has a very distinctive mood and location.
While the biggest cities in the USA have been settings (White Wolf was keen on making US city settings), many of the populous cities in the South have been completely skipped. Likely because most game-writers write about places they know, and most game-writers come from the West Coast and the Midwest.
Somewhere in Shadowrun there’ has to be a mention of Puerto Rico. Apparetnly the supplements Aztlan, and Cyberpirates mention it as part of the Carribbean League.
See also http://denver.wikidot.com/info:the-caribbean-league
Thanks for all the input everybody…
A good friend told me over Twitter that in the Aberrant book the timeline includes Puerto Rico becoming a Sate of the US. So that gets added to the list of references.
@Frank and @Endoren thanks for that, so there is Shadowrun…
@Greywulf, thanks for the info and the link! I actually own the game but did not remember reading that, but it was a long time ago.
@Peter, Puerto Rican is the way to spell it, thanks. I’ll have to follow your, and @Walker’s advice and try the game.
@Todd, population aside, Seattle gets so much attention, in games and other media, that in my mind it’s one of the “big” cities in terms of setting for games and such. (Wow, only 23rd? I had no idea!)