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(Worth 3,199 Funagain Points!)
from 2 customer reviews
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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.
- 40 tokens
- 90 development cards
Average Rating: 4.8 in 2 reviews
I love this game for a few reasons. First, it's very easy to learn and my seven year old son and I play regularly. Second, it's just as good to play with two player or three or four. I bet it's only a matter of time until the come up with an expansion that allows you to play with five or six players. Third, it's a quick game -- last about 30 minutes - so games go quickly. Lastly, it's a blast to play. It's fun to pick a strategy and stick with it. Lots of options to play. Great game for all ages!
I bought Splendor after reading positive reviews of the game, particularly those that noted it plays well with 2 players (caveat: since buying it, I've only played with 2 players). It's lovely: easy to learn, with enough variation from game to game that you need to stay on your toes.
Splendor's artwork and pieces are elegantly simple. The gem tokens/chips are heavy and sold, much like premium poker chips, and feel great to play with. The game's layout -- 6 stacks of chips, and three rows of development cards -- take up a small amount of space (although once players begin to buy and stack these cards, they take up space).
Over the course of play, the acquisition of chips leads to development cards, which in turn serve as additional currency to buy cards with points on them. The winner is the person who scores 15 points -- simple as that. There's no formal scoreboard; since cards are out and displayed for all to see, the players "just know" and can see who's getting to 15 the fastest.
I've deducted .5 stars from my rave review to acknowledge that (somewhat like Ticket to Ride) it's easy to get swept up in your own mad dash for points, rather than focus on opponent's/s' play. However, this game has a built-in trick: you can "reserve" a card, snatching it off the table from your opponent, if you can see that it would vault them to victory.
With 2 players, my friend and I find that a game lasts 20 minutes or so -- not long, but long enough to pull us in and make us want to play again!