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  • Contains the base game and all 5 expansions
  • Tons of replay value
  • For 2-6 players
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Build to win in Alhambra, the game that takes you back to the Middle Ages. Alhambra is one of the most prominent buildings in all Europe and Arabia, and now you can be part of its construction. Players take turns making money from the open market, purchasing buildings or engaging in construction or re-construction of projects. Hire stonemasons, gardeners and others, using their native currency, to help build towers, gardens, pavilions, mezzanines, manors and royal chambers. Efficiency is rewarded and the players with the most buildings in type get extra points, as do players with the longest external wall section on their complex. The game ends when the building market can no longer be replenished. This Big Box contains the basic game and all five expansions. The box is designed to hold all expansions separately for easy access and storage. Two to six players recommended.

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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. This BIG BOX contains the basic game and all 5 expansions. The box liner is designed to hold all the expansions separately for easy access and after-game storage.

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  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 12.5 x 4.8 inches ; 5.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002E06D46
  • Item model number: A26
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 8 - 12 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,476 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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We love this game, easy to learn/teach to others, fun to play.
Jean Mertz
Alhambra is a great game, but with the addition of the expansions it can be fun for any level of gaming.
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Very glad we bought this -- and very glad we got all the expansions.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By D. Bouchard on October 18, 2009
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One of the best board game out there, contrary to others, I still "liked" the Alhambra, vanilla (or basic) box, but I wanted more, after viewing a awesome review on Youtube, I bought this "Alhambra: Big Box", and even if I already had high expectations, it went above and beyond them. Unlimited game play, and with all 20 modules, probably around hundreds of thousands of different versions of this game. The new tiles are much better then in the vanilla box on it's own.

Actually a good deal for two players, as most of the new extensions boost the two players game experience, and would actually slow down to a crawl the 6 player game. Most of the new expansions are more enjoyable from two to four players.

Awesome deal.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By JRF on January 14, 2011
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We got this Big Box Alhambra game and love it! With all the different combinations of play possible, it never gets old. Even our 5 year old plays with us (with help). The only problem will be that the currency cards will wear out faster than the other cards from the expansions, and I don't know if it is possible to buy just the currency cards as replacement parts later. But that's not the game's fault. Oh, and one other thing. I used to live in Granada, Spain, where the real Alhambra is, and I used to visit it quite often. Although you will hear many, many people pronounce it wrong, the correct pronunciation is Ah-LAHM-Brah (that is, with all the A's sounding like "ah" at the Doctor's office -- but the H is totally and completely SILENT!!!!).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By N. Chambers on December 10, 2013
It's tough to rate this game, because in many ways, it's been all over the map for me. This was my first 'modern' board game, and I kept thinking about how much I liked the game after I played it. For years! (I kid you not). So finely, after seeing me star at this page frequently, my wife bought me the big box version. It's still a great game with good, easy mechanics. It led me deep into a habit of buying many many board games!

But flash forward to today, and it's actually a bit hard to bring to the table. Among my gamer friends, this game is a bit dry thematically compared to maybe Lords Of Waterdeep, a bit too easy for my core-gamer friends who like Alien Frontiers, and among my less-gamery friends, it's a bit less 'cool' than say Carcassonne, and it's a tad harder to them than Ticket To Ride. Breaking this out does seem to require the right crowd. Either maybe an older crowd that would never find a game as colorful as Carcassonne 'cool', or a crowd that doesn't mind breaking from it's more thematic tastes. OR a crowd that just wants more games. That last one seems to be the majority of the reason I've pulled this out. "Well, we've played the heck out of everything else, lets give this one a shot."

I still like it, but now that I've gone and become a super-gamer, I find myself loving this game less over time. Trust me though, it's not this game, it's me. This game is solid for the right crowd. But if you fancy high interaction games like Alien Frontiers or just tough as nails euro games, this may not not work for you. It doesn't work well as an "my brain is too tired, but I want to keep gaming at the end of the night" game, because it's just a bit too long.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By art 87 VINE VOICE on January 22, 2010
i would say this game is like a very advanced version of Monopoly with a bit of Carcassone.

the big box with the basic game & 5 extensions/expansions is a great value. Amazon pricing of all of this separately is about $150. its nice to have these in one big box instead of 6 boxes. each extension has 4 modules (elements).

the 5 extensions are: 1. Viziers Favor, 2. City Gates, 3. Thief's Turn, 4. Calif's Treasures, 5. Power of the Sultan.

now for the game play. think of Monopoly. there are deeds & money. here u have building tiles & money cards. the object is to get money to buy building cards (6 color groups, Monopoly has 8). points are awarded for having a majority of a color group, twice during the game & at the end.

the tiles are laid out as u acquire them in Carcassone fashion, bearing in mind walls the tile. bonus points are given to the player with the longest wall.

IMO, the first 2 extensions add the most to the basic game, keeping mostly the same rules; 3 has 2 good modules & 2 that are not as essential, IMO; while 4 & 5 are more specious in the way they play.

in Ext 1, the Vizier chip lets u buy a deed/tile out of turn, currency exchange card, bonus cards like "chance" cards that add extra points, & Workers Huts, which are extra "deeds" as if Monopoly's Boardwalk & Park Pl. had a extra blue deed that could be added.

Ext 2 has City gates which breakdown walls, Diamonds card are like wild money cards, the Characters act like "chance" cards, the Camps are tiles that increase "deed"/tile values.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JotsFromJude on August 8, 2011
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If it is relevant to you, I am actually new to world of "grown-up" gaming. I love games, but I am not a vet at board games or Euro-games.
The core Alhambra game is essentially a color/shape building tile game. Tiles are purchased using currency cards of varying colors and values. Play is turned-based and a turn consists of 1) drawing currency card(s), 2) purchasing/placing tiles, or 3) rearranging a piece on the board. Tile building is governed by a "wall-system"--tiles must be joined by like-sides (wall edge to wall edge, no wall edge to no wall edge). Points are awarded to the players with the most number of tiles of any given color. Points are also awarded for the longest continuous wall.
Alhambra is a great game, but with the addition of the expansions it can be fun for any level of gaming. The basic game is fun for those who don't want a whole ton of strategy or rules to clog up their gaming experience. Thus, if you figure you will do most of your gaming with "novice" gamers or something, the basic model might be all you need. The expansions can be mixed and matched to create a customized experience of varying levels of complexity. While the game never drifts off into Machiavellian territory, some of the expansions can create whole new levels of gameplay, which also helps keep the game fresh.
So far the materials are holding up well. The building tiles are thick and should be fine, but there are a lot of little pieces.
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