In Batavia a player who wins the auction of ship cards will also be the start player for the round. Lay down as many ship cards as you can for the trading post you want to travel to, in an effort to win the majority seal. Winning the majority seal allows you to move to that trading post. Pick up the commodity by taking the trading post title off the game board. Trade in trading posts for gold. Mark the commodity with one of your crates. Points will be given at the end of the game to the player or players with the most crates in each of these commodities. During the game, pirates threat to attack! As players lay down ship cards for the various countries, move the ship cubes for those countries up the ship cube cannon track. The cannon moves up this very same track for every ship card that is played. Once the cannon reaches 25 in a 4 – 5 player game, the country with the most ship cards laid down are blown up, meaning they are removed from the game and ship cubes and cannon are reset accordingly. When a player plays ship cards and can no longer find the matching trading post on the board, the game comes to an end with all players having one last chance to get to a trading post. Batavia can be played by 3 – 5 players ages 10 and up, in 60 minutes.