WARNING: The actual Puerto Rico server crashed, and the linux version of the Curl RTE is a 32-bit executable built without large file support, and crashes when run on a server with a large number of inodes, such as this one. I am working on a hacky workaround.
This web page provides information about, and access to, an online multiplayer version of the popular Puerto Rico board game, for the Windows, Linux, and MacOS operating systems. Here is a screen shot of a game in progress.
Once the Curl RTE is installed (see below!), you can simply click here to run the game as a web applet. Note that clicking this link before the Curl RTE is installed will either ask you what to do with the file "game.curl", or will display it as textual source code, neither of which is very useful!
For more information about the Puerto Rico board game, see the Puerto Rico page at www.boardgamegeek.com, and/or the Rio Grande Games website (the publishers of the Puerto Rico board game in the USA). See the online rules for the complete rules to the board game (but be aware that they reflect somebody else's implementation). During play, hovering the mouse over various widgets will provide a brief description of the widget.
In order to play, you will first need to install version 8.0 (or older) of the Curl © RTE (Runtime Environment), available (free) via the Curl RTE download page at www.curl.com. These installers are signed by Sumisho Computer Systems Corporation, the parent company of Curl, Inc..
Note that the Curl RTE has been tested with Firefox and Internet Explorer and Chrome for Windows, and Firefox for Macintosh. Apparently Safari for Macintosh does NOT work properly.
Once the Curl RTE is installed, browse to game.curl, to run the game. This will load and run a relatively small Curl Applet (about 440K of uncompressed source code), which will be cached locally, and only downloaded again when an update is available. The applet is the client for the game, and it will allow you to connect to the official Puerto Rico Server, and play an online version of the Puerto Rico board game against other human and computer players. It will also allow you to play a private game on your own computer, against computer players, or even against other human players, using hotseat play. Note that the computer players are not very smart, but they can help you learn how to play the game before you face other human players. You will also be able to view a somewhat useful help file.
Appropriate translations will be used, if available, for the main game. You can explicitly request the use of English, German, Dutch, Czech, or French. Please contact me if you see any mistakes in any existing translations, or if if you are interested in providing translations for a new language.
If you see an error mentioning a "curl-license" file, and reloading the game.curl applet does not seem to help, then shut down the Curl RTE and reload. There seems to be something flaky about my webserver. If you get other errors, try clearing your internet cache (there is a bug in WinInet involving a very full cache). If all else fails, try clicking here.
As a long-time employee of Curl, Inc, I can vouch that the Curl RTE is a non-malicious plug-in. As the primary author and previous maintainer of the open source game Angband, I have some claim that my vouching is worth something.
Contact Ben Harrison with comments, suggestions, bug reports, etc. Please put "Puerto Rico" in the subject, to bypass my copious spam filters.