GRY101083N High Society Boardgame by Gryphon Games
It is one thing to be the richest family on the block, it is quite another to flaunt it successfully. High Society pits you against your neighbors in a race to reveal the most blue-blooded family in your midst. To win, you must acquire all the trappings of great wealth, avoid as many pitfalls as you can and still walk away with a huge pile of cash at the end of it all. This Reiner Knizia classic makes a great travel game and an easy one to introduce to friends and family.
Originally published in 1995, High Society gained sufficient popularity to see it through 3 re-prints but none of them as beautiful as the latest FRED Edition. Artist Paul Niemeyer has done an outstanding job creating a theme to reflect the most elite fineries of the Gilded Age, combined with FREDs commitment to quality components and card stocks, this edition of High Society will stand as the pinnacle of its production.
For 3-5 players over 10 years old, this 30-45 minute game can be played as a light filler between longer games, but to be honest with you, this one is very hard to put back in the box! The cards tells an exciting story and feature beautiful artwork from well-known Eagle Games artist Paul Niemeyer.
Game Summary: Players bid against each other to acquire the various trappings of wealth, namely the ten luxury possession (positive-number) and three 2X multiplier cards; while avoiding its pitfalls represented by three cards altogether, including the gambling (-5) card; the thief (lose a possession) card; and the calamitous fire (lose one half the value of all your possession cards) card. While bidding, though, players must keep an eye on their remaining cash. At the end of the game, even though all those positive-number cards might add up to a win, the player with the least money is not even considered for victory.