- Embrace decadence and become a trader of precious gems
- Incredibly satisfying, easy to learn, engine builder
- A true modern classic
- Players: 2-4
- Play Time: 30 mins
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.
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.
More info at: Board Game Geek
Play Time30 mins
Board Game Geek linkhttps://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/148228/