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Asara Family Game


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  • ASARA offers an exciting game play and new challenges with each turn in every game - but with simple rules
  • Contents: 1 game board, 4 scoring counters, 1 year counter, 52 Asari-coins, 100 tower pieces, 4 observation barriers, 45 merchant cards, instructions, overview guide
  • 2-4 players
  • Playing time: 45-60 minutes
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 2.8 inches ; 3.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • Origin: Czech Republic
  • ASIN: B004D3A9AG
  • Item model number: 26532
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 9 - 15 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,167 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Asara is a strategic board game for 2-4 players ages 9+, who assume the roles of famous architects. Players compete to build the highest, grandest and largest number of towers over four rounds of play. Each step of the way, the architects must keep their sights set on their work as they overcome obstacles and competitive forces and strive to gain prestige points for their building achievements. The player who earns the most prestige wins. A nominee for the 2011 German "Game of the Year" Award from "Spiel des Jahres e.V.", Asara was created by celebrated, award-winning game developer Wolfgang Kramer.

Asara - Land of the 1000 Towers.

Immersive strategy game for players who like to build world-class structures.
Asara by celebrated game author Wolfgang Kramer is a beautifully illustrated strategy game with high-quality content.

Beautifully illustrated, high-quality game content with additional game elements for an even more challenging game play!
Become the Most Famous Architect in the Land
In Asara, the Land of the 1000 Towers, players take on the roles of rich building magnates - Timanis, Mirar, Leiard, and Faraiel - who compete against one another to become the most acclaimed builder in the land. Competitors must dispatch their buyers to the four marketplace areas on the octagon-shaped game board to purchase each of the needed tower sections - base, trunk, window, and turret - in five different material grades represented by various colors. As players build their towers, they earn prestige points, which are awarded after each round. Additional points can be earned with the purchase of extra tower decorations such as gold medallions. These purchases are made using "Asari", the game's currency.

Encourages Strategic Thinking and Focus
Asara keeps players on their toes, thinking through their construction plans, managing their Asari money and adjusting their strategy as the game moves forward and their construction needs change. Game play takes about 45 minutes on average and players must remain focused on building their towers and completing the steps necessary to acquire the components they need. While keeping a competitive eye on other player's progress they collect as many prestige points as possible to become the most famous builder. For more competitive play, there is the professional version of Asara that uses the same basic rules and additional game elements for an even more challenging experience.

Players Work Side by Side
Asara players draft their individual actions, take them one at a time and in turn order with specific cards and game pieces. As they work independently to achieve specific goals, they must be fully versed in the game's rules so as not to miss important steps and opportunities to gain points that ultimately lead to victory. Asara encourages strategic thinking, reinforces the importance of sequencing and hones memory skills.

What's In The Box?
1 game board, 4 scoring counters, 1 year counter, 52 Asari coins, 100 tower pieces, 4 observation barriers, 45 merchant cards, overview guide, and 1 set of instructions.

Players compete to build the highest, grandest and largest number of towers over four rounds of play.

Players compete to build the most impressive towers.

From the Manufacturer

ASARA, the land of a thousand towers opens its gates to you. As creative builders, you will compete to construct the most magnificent towers. With each completed tower and every sumptuous embellishment, your prestige with the ruling caliph increases. By using clever tactics at just the right moment, you can thwart your opponents to become the towering master.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The rules were pretty straightforward, although like most games it's easier to learn as you play than just read the rules first.
M. Gondek
Figuring out the rules was a bit of a challenge, but we play a lot of games and there are many elements common to a variety of games, so it wasn't that bad.
Unity Dienes
The directions are written in a multitude of languages, and it's clear that the English version was not prepared by a skilled native English speaker.
HeatherHH

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Rudge TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 16, 2012
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We played this game with two different groups of people. The first, a hard-core gaming group who meets weekly and often play games exactly like this. The second was with a family who plays games, but tends not to get into the more complicated ones. For this group something like the "Ticket to Ride" board game is probably about the most complex, yet still very enjoyable for them.

The Gamers comment:
The game is a very bland and unexciting worker placement style game. This is a game where you have a limited number of "workers," in this case cards, which you spend each round to gather resources (building pieces). The cost of various building pieces is determined by the first player to use the resource space. This makes it difficult to plan ahead, becoming a not engaging exercise in trying to get the one or two items that might be useful in a future turn. More likely you'll end up with useless pieces. Overall, for the time and cost commitment, there are better options out there for worker placement games. Among the recommendations, "Egizia", "Hansa Teutonica", or "Caylus" are good if you like this style of game.

The Family comments:
"Asara" doesn't seem to be a game designed for this type of player. It is a little more complicated to get going than they usually like. The youngest player in this group was 12 which is within the age range suggested by the game. Unlike the Gamers, who play games often enough to intuitively figure out the rules using the instructions more to answer questions than to learn the game, the Family relies heavily on the instructions and the game sort of putters along as they figure things out. By the time they had figured out "Asara," there was not much enthusiasm for it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Megan Ellinger VINE VOICE on May 2, 2012
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If you are already comfortable with the mechanics of a variety of Eurogames, you'll enjoy this game quite a bit. The instructions are simple and the game is fairly quick with 2 players. It relies primarily on strategy and thinking ahead toward the end of the end of the game but the nice theme kept the actual gameplay fun.

If you are new to Eurogames or haven't played anything beyond Monopoly, Life, etc, this will be a stretch for you. I'd recommend going with something more like Carcassone, Ticket to Ride, or Settlers of Catan to learn some basic mechanics before taking on a more complicated game like this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tark Mwain on January 23, 2012
Your family will enjoy this game. It is highly acclaimed, as evidenced by it being a finalist for Game of the Year.

In regards to the previous commenter, perhaps referring to the components when working through the manual will aid your comprehension. For us, and those we regularly game with, the rules were NOT a problem. Take your time reading and you will be fine.
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By Joe Peterson on March 2, 2014
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In Asara, you play as a builder competing to construct the largest and most ornate towers in the city for fame and prestige. The game is played over 4 rounds, which simulate years, throughout which you will be sending your merchants to purchase tower pieces and build. I really enjoy how the scoring is done throughout each year and then at the end of the game with the tallest and most decorative towers getting bonus points. The player with the most prestige points is the winner. This is a great family game.
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By Avid Romance Reader on January 5, 2014
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We enjoyed it with 2 and with 4 players. The game board is beautiful and the concept of building towers very different. My monopoly players felt it was an interesting twist on owning and building property.
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So the age range on this game says that it is for people from 9 to 90. It took four adults over 25 and an online video to figure out how to play it though, so I'm not sure if that's an accurate reflection of the age range. But anyways, this was an interesting game with many great elements and many that just left you scratching your head wondering what was going on.

The makeup of this board is very nice. The graphics are beautiful and the pieces are a heavy cardboard. The pieces are all double sided too as there are different ways to play the game and the pieces are dependent upon that. The little player pieces are just brightly colored pieces of wood, but they are sufficient for what you need to do. And there are some beautiful playing cards used as "builders" in the game.

Actual game play is complicated. We spent a good half hour to an hour reading through the rules and trying to figure out how to set the board up (which would take long even if you knew what you were doing) and finally relied on an online video just to fill in some holes in our understanding. I don't think a group of young kids would be able to figure them out, but maybe they could play if they played with adults a few times first. Once you learned all the rules though, game-play was easy and done in four rounds which lasted about an hour. Adding up points was kind of complicated (another reason it might be tougher for kids) and there was some good debate over what kind of points everybody got. Overall, there was lots of detail to this game and rather than a family game it might be one better suited to technical gamers. And the person who gets to play first is the one who climbed a tower last, take that as you will.

The concept of the game was a different one than I'd seen before.
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