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Gryphon Games: Masters Gallery


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  • Masters Gallery is suitable for 3 to 5 players
  • ages 10 and up
  • playing time 30 to 45 minutes
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001TH8LDG
  • Item model number: FRD101173
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,393 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Product Description

In Masters Gallery, the players are art critics and gallery owners. All have their own favorite artist in this pantheon of greats—or at least they do until the game begins. Tastes and opinions about each artist’s value change constantly in the world of Old Masters art. No one has more influence on those values than the players in this game. Which player will exert the most influence? Who will best anticipate these changing tastes and opinions, and thus assemble the highest-valued collection of these masterpieces? The cards in this game feature 30 of the most beautiful pieces of art ever created by Van Gogh, Renoir, Monet, Degas and Vermeer. Over the course of four rounds, players use these cards to establish the relative value of each artist’s body of work. Unique mechanics and ingenious design make the gameplay unpredictable and even more fun every time you play. Revel in the beauty of Old Masters art, while enjoying the intriguing game of Masters Gallery.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alexander R. Aguirre on August 5, 2010
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I am writing this review to offset the previous unfair review.

This game is the 9th game of the Gryphon Games bookshelf series and is based on the classic board game Modern Art.

Masters Gallery is a very simple game to play where every player starts off with 13 cards in hand and players take turns placing cards in front of them. Once a certain color reaches 6 (5 for 2 player) amongst every one the round ends. The players then place the point discs (3 points, 2 points, 1 point) from most color cards on the table to 2nd most to 3rd most.

Each player scores for the color card they have placed down in front of them that won 1st (3 points) 2nd (2 points) 3rd (1 point) this round. Another round commences and this goes on for a total of 4 rounds.

Now that is the very basic rules but it is the core of the game nonetheless. There are also other cards that allow you to place more cards down, but to combat that *difficulty* every one receives an extra card that has simple instructions on how to use these special cards.

The cards are extremely durable compared to Dominion and Magic The Gathering. Each card comes printed with paintings from 5 famous painters which make these cards extremely apealing.

The game play last from 15-30 min. (faster if some one has a calculator)
I personaly find this game enjoyable. Masters Gallery never lasts long enough to feel unwelcome, but there is just enough strategy to make this game entertaining.
For example:
There are special cards that allow players to place cards face down. At the end of the round players reveal their face down cards which can change the outcome of which color (painting) won that round.

For a video review please check out Tom Vasel's review [...]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Godly Gadfly on May 30, 2012
Masters Gallery is also published as 'Modern Art The Card Game' (the only difference is the artwork, and size of the box). Either way, this game is not to be confused with 'Modern Art' - although there are some definite parallels, the card game version has no auctions and plays quite differently. Masters Gallery should be evaluated more as a filler game, and although it's not as superb as For Sale or Roll Through the Ages, it's still a memorable Knizia card game.

Unlike some of the other entries in the Gryphon Games bookshelf series, this is not a reprint of an older game, but is a genuinely new product, and for me it was a pleasant surprise. The components are good quality, and the game-play especially with 2 or 3 players can make it a very strategic game. Although there's still some luck of the draw, there's lots of strategic and tense tactical decisions to make. The game also plays quite quickly, is easy to teach, and once you've got the knack of it, you'll find yourself wanting to play it more than once.

It's probably not going to be the first choice to play with Uncle Bob, who's played a lifetime of Scrabble and UNO, nor is it going to become the main course on a game night for serious gamers. But it's an intriguing filler for gamers, and will primarily appeal to those looking for a smart filler that plays quickly and yet offers interesting tactical and strategic decisions, with a clever and satisfying Knizia scoring system. Reiner Knizia's classic "Modern Art" without auctions and with new art still results in a game with a clever Knizia feel. - EndersGame @ BGG
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By smarterkids on December 14, 2011
If you haven't played all four rounds, you haven't really played this game. I play this regularly with my 10- and 13-year-olds, and we've taught it to friends of all ages who loved it, too. While I wouldn't call it an intense game, it definitely requires strategic thinking. Will you put all your eggs in one basket and go for one artist, or spread your "purchases" out and get some artwork from all the different artists? If you get cards from a variety of artists, you get to put down additional cards after you know which artists are "winners" for that round, but if you buy multiple works from one artist, you could cash in big! On the other hand, if you play all your cards from one artist now, you might not have any to play when he's worth 20 per painting! It's completely unfair to compare this game to the mindless game Go Fish. Regarding play time: it takes us about 10 minutes to teach this to friends, and anywhere between 15 and 45 minutes to play a complete game.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By gamer on October 16, 2011
I pay lots of games and this is one of the best. If you are confused watch tutorial. it takes 2 min to learn the game
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2 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Frito's Dad on December 21, 2009
My mom sweetly gave this card game to us for Christmas this year, and we were so disappointed that it was nothing more than fancy packaging and slick marketing. After spending about 30 confused and frustrating minutes trying to read the overly-convoluted and complicated directions, we embarked on a "round" of play, only to find that the round ended in approximately one minute (no exaggeration). There is no strategy to the game, no point, and really no fun. Don't waste your money on this- play a round of "Go Fish" with your old playing cards instead! We wish we had.
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