Splendor from Space Cowboys and Asmodee Games
Splendor is a 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.
Hit Z Road so i am confident this will be a nicely presented well playing game.
It gives you a quick rundown on the back, ages 10 and up, which i think is about right, there is no text to read on the cards, just planning and colour matching, but the age comes into it with the tactics involved. 2-4 players, and 30 minutes play time. With people who know what they are doing and dont spend too long thinking what they will purchase you can race through this quicker than that.
Lets pop it open, take a look, and tell you how its played..........
When you pop the lid off you can see the box design is great, its nice solid plastic, and has pre built slots in so when its unpacked it can be kept ready for play with card dividers meaning your set up time is minimal.The Gem tokens are excellent and i believe a mix of metal and plastic as they have a real heft to them and make a very satisfying noise when you are doing your best Gem Baron throw down on the table, lovely components.... The Cards for the nobles, are nice and solid and thick, and are dealt randomly at the start of the game to try and get some variety and extra points if you can match all their requirements.
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 to stop your opponents getting it. You place it in front of you face down for later, 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. Its a simple concept, its really to teach and can be played in minutes by new players.
Its a great game with stunning looking components, simple to play and teach rules with plenty of depth, plays fast, sets up and takes down fast, and cna appeal to all, it should be on the shelf of all you gamers out there to bust out and enjoy, maybe rope some friends in with it for more complex games.
With an RRP of £24.99 its an excellent game for gamers, non gamers, friends and family, plus it plays really well at lunch time in work! find your Local Game Store and grab a true "Gem" of a game... ahhh see what i did there!
If you enjoyed this, you can also pick up the Excellent Digital Version so you can keep playing on your travels.