Vasco da Gama was charged with finding a maritime route to India. Players play the part of rich shipowners who, under his patronage, aim to achieve prestige and riches.
To succeed in the enterprise, they must manage the money and actions at their disposal in order to hire captains, recruit crew, build and launch Ships to the Landings of Natal, Terra de Boa Gente, Mozambique, Malindi, Mombasa and Calicut.
For each Ship sent, players will receive an immediate reward and gain prestige (victory Points). The further the Ship is sent, the lower the compensation, but the higher the victory score that the player will earn.
Each round, players take actions in various Areas (Navigation, Recruiting, Purchase Projects or Characters). Planning is fundamental: The right to take an action could be free of charge or paid for. Vasco da Gama himself will decide which is the first free of charge action for each Round. He will also help players by making finances available to them for this great maritime enterprise.