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Alhambra


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  • For 2 to 6 players
  • Playtime of 45 to 60 minutes
  • Moorish theme
  • It is a board game
  • City building tile and cards
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  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 3.9 x 10 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: Germany
  • ASIN: B000VYYOF2
  • Item model number: 40RGG
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,955 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Alhambra

Granada at the beginning of the 13th century - work has started on building the ALHAMBRA

The best master builders in the whole of Europe and Arabia want to demonstrate their skills

Employ the most suitable teams of Builders and make sure that you always have enough of the right currency. Because no matter whether they are stonemasons from the north or horticulturists from the south - they all want a proper wage and insist on their "native" currency.

Compete against your opponents to build the ALHAMBRA.

From the Manufacturer

In Granada, one of the most impressive building projects of the Middle Ages has begun the construction of Alhambra. A palace, fortress, and a small city, all-in-one. Alhambra is made up of the world’s most beautiful gardens, pavilions, chambers and towers. The most prominent builders in all of Europe and Arabia want to demonstrate their skills in building Alhambra. Employ the most talented teams of builders to construct your Alhambra. Hire stonemasons from the north and gardeners from the south, who all want a fair wage and insist on being paid with their native currency. With their help, towers can be constructed, gardens designed, pavilions and mezzanines erected, and manors and royal chambers built. Compete against your opponents to build the greatest and most impressive Alhambra.

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This is a great game to play with family and friends.
Rachel.
Alhambra is a tile purchasing / laying game where each player is trying to build the best Alhambra with the resources available.
para
It is a simple game to explain and play, as well as has strategy and luck all included.
BMW

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Owlchick on June 27, 2008
I enjoy tile-placing games such as Carcasonne, so it's probably no surprise that I enjoy Alhambra.

Instead of building a countryside, you're building your own estate from tiles that are placed out on the main board and purchased using various denominations of "currency" that you also need to select. The room tiles and currency available are drawn items, so one is never sure what will come up on the next go.

Mixed in with the currency cards are scoring cards and when one is drawn, everyone totals up their points. Play continues until there are no more room tiles to be placed into play from the bag.

Everyone's building his/her own Alhambra, competing to have the most of a particular type of room or longest continuous wall. You can strategize and plan as much as possible, but there's the "luck" element with the various room tiles, currency cards and never knowing exactly when a scoring card will turn up.

It's a fun game, fairly easy to grasp on the first go, and has expansions that can be purchased separately to change the types of rooms and so on. Alhambra is one of my favorite game night games.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Cordeiro on February 11, 2010
Alhambra, the 2003 Spiel des Jahres winner (Germany's Game of the Year), is a tile placement game where each player builds their own Alhambra, similar to the Moorish palace in Spain. Each tile represents a type of building and has certain restrictions on where it can be placed. The trick is to place each tile in a spot that will allow you to continue to build in the future. If you run out of spots to place new tiles, you'll have to use up a turn to redesign your Alhambra instead of expanding it.

Obtaining new tiles is part chance and part strategy; each player can purchase from only the four tiles available at the beginning of each turn. Purchased tiles are then replaced with ones from the draw pile. Tiles are purchased using currency cards. On each turn, you must decide whether to buy a tile or take a currency card to build up your cash reserve for a future purchase.

Alhambra is easy to learn and takes about 45 minutes to play. The components are made of high quality materials. As with most other European games, Alhambra features no direct player conflict. The only way to stick it to another player is to choose a tile or currency card that they had their eye on (which does happen quite often). A number of expansion sets are also available that add more depth and strategy. All in all, Alhambra is a great family game that's accessible to new players but strategic enough to keep players coming back for more.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobby B. on July 25, 2010
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Alhambra strikes a balance between simplicity of setup and complexity of play. Once you have played it once to get the basics down, you can easily finish a game in 30 minutes. Many of these types of games take so long to set up, that when you are ready to start play, everyone has lost interest. Alhambra is easy to set up and, it's entertaining even with only two players. I never play with the suggested 2-player rules though. The regular rules still work fine. Just make sure you have room to build a potentially large city.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By chris on January 16, 2011
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We played this game at a friend's last summer and really enjoyed it! It's not your typical board game. It is very challenging and never the same twice. There is an element of luck, for sure, but also, strategy can be devolped.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Castiglia on October 31, 2013
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I own over 30 Board Games.

It's a great for a date night, and I like ones that pass unique challenges.

This game is all about resource management. Another game that uses resource management is Catan, but this does it in a totally different way. Each players goal is to build an Alhambra, which is like a massive compound. There are a bunch of sub sections which you can buy with money you collect. The catch is, is that there are 4 different types of money to collect, and each sub sections costs a different amount. Each turn, you can collect money or buy a subsection. If you happen to buy a subsection with exact change, then you get an additional turn. There's strategy to both buying these subsections, as well as building them out.

Overall, the game takes about 20-40 minutes to play for 4 players, which means that you can use it as a filler game to change things up between some longer games you play or as a way to get someone into board gaming.
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I bought the Family Box Set.
For $10 more dollars I might as well add a few expansions.
That being said. We havent started using the expansions YET. If we buy a boxed set. I want to try the original game a few times before adding in the expansions.

So this may go up or down.

I think visually it's a beautifully exquisite game, that by it's self, for me is a big pull on this game.

I like the game mechanics. You are building your Alhambra (home) and you hire workers from all over the continent. They of course wish to be paid in the currency of there homelands. So you have to purchase your construction additions with the correct currency. You also have to think ahead as to which tiles you need and why, as well as being able to pay for them with the correct currency.

The components store nicely in the box. The tiles are durable. The currency cards... well, I have some concerns of long term use. I would have rather had the coins they depict on the cards and pulled them from another bag. Which they gave you a BAG for the tiles... there is another game of tiles, who should have done that! I love games that provide a Point track system. This one is like that of Ticket to Ride / Stone Age. I LOVE how they worked the point track into the art work.

There is a good balance between Luck and Strategy. It's not so much like that you really don't have any choices but at the same time if you mess up on a move or two or are new to the game it's okay. In that way it's a Great Family Game.

It's a FUN game. My kids 6-9-12 maybe not as thrilled with it as their Mother. They've been willing to play it but I am usually the one who asks to play it.
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