The following description is for Traders of Osaka. The previous version of this game is Traders of Carthage, using the same gameplay but with a different theme.
During the Edo period, higaki kaisen (trading ships) transported materials to Edo (now Tokyo), the center of political power in Japan. These ships carried many specialty items on the dangerous journey from Osaka, the mercantile center of Japan. In Traders of Osaka, step into the role of a powerful trader responsible for transporting these valuable goods safely. As the game progresses, goods are purchased on the market, advancing the ships carrying them on their path toward Edo. You’ll receive victory points once goods are delivered—but deliveries also pose a danger for ships still at sea. You stand to lose precious cargo if a ship gets caught in the dreaded Black Tide. A clever trader invests in insurance to mitigate the possibility of losses and maximize their profits.