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SPLENDOR

players2-4
ages10+
$68.00

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Splendor is a fast-paced and addictive game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops — all in order to acquire the most prestige points. If you're wealthy enough, you might even receive a visit from a noble at some point, which of course will further increase your prestige.

On your turn, you may (1) collect chips (gems), or (2) buy and build a card, or (3) reserve one card. If you collect chips, you take either three different kinds of chips or two chips of the same kind. If you buy a card, you pay its price in chips and add it to your playing area. To reserve a card — in order to make sure you get it, or, why not, your opponents don't get it — you place it in front of you face down for later building; this costs you a round, but you also get gold in the form of a joker chip, which you can use as any gem.

All of the cards you buy increase your wealth as they give you a permanent gem bonus for later buys; some of the cards also give you prestige points. In order to win the game, you must reach 15 prestige points before your opponents do.

Customer Reviews

Gem hoarding at its best Review by Harry
Rating
A Spiel des Jahres 2014 nominee Splendor is a tight set collection game, pitting the players against each other as competing gem merchants. The theme is light but the game play is tight and fast with players given one of three options to take on their turns. An excellent balance of light strategy with a touch of luck make this an easy to teach but surprisingly strategic game. The game time frame matches that the 30min presented on the box, making this a pretty excellent investment for families and more serious players who need a lighter but delightful little game. Finally the chips that form the core buying mechanic are some of the most satisfying components I have ever found in a game. Definitely worth a look. (Posted on 10/06/15)

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