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- Ages 10 and up
- Number of Players: 2 to 4
- Game Time: 30 minutes
- Challenging economic theme
- Includes: 40 gems—'poker style' weighted tokens: 7 × 5 colors (green, blue, red, white, black) + 5 jokers (yellow)/ 90 development cards (63.5×88mm): 40 level 1, 30 level 2, 20 level 3 / 10 noble tiles (60×60mm)
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Aspire to Wealth as a Renaissance Jeweler!
The European Renaissance opened up more ways of becoming rich than the continent had ever known before. Global trade routes became a reality. Nobles, once content with large castles and fur robes, now sought dark sapphires and glittering diamonds.
Experience the riches of this era in Splendor, a fast, elegant, and intuitive game for two to four players. You begin by collecting raw gems - then you will need the means to transport them, artisans to shape them, and finally a storefront where you can sell your polished jewels.
- Plays in 30+ minutes
- For 2-4 players
- Ages 10 and up
Priceless Gems, Exotic Places, and Noble Patrons
Splendor’s elegantly simple gameplay is supported by plentiful historic detail and beautiful components.
Build a Business from the Ground Up
You begin the game by collecting gem tokens. If you manage to produce just the right jewels, a noble patron, perhaps even King Henry VIII or Queen Isabella of Spain, will take you under their wing.
Easy-to-Learn and Strategically Rich
With simple rules and streamlined set collection mechanics, Splendor is an excellent game for younger or less experienced gamers.
As a wealthy Renaissance merchant, acquire mines and transportation, hire artisans and woo the nobility. Create the most fantastic jewelry to become the best-known merchant of them all! Acquire precious stones to trade them for development cards. Use development cards to acquire more gem stones. Use your gems and gold to create the most fantastic jewelry, and appeal to the nobles to gain the prestige you need to win.
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The Game Overview: As a wealthy Renaissance merchant, acquire mines and transportation, hire artisans and woo the nobility. Create the most fantastic jewelry to become the best-known merchant of them all! Acquire precious stones to trade them for development cards. Use development cards to acquire more gem stones. Use your gems and gold to create the most fantastic jewelry, and appeal to the nobles to gain the prestige you need to win.
While that description from the manufacturer is all true, it makes the game sound much more complicated than it is. This thing has a two page rulebook, folks...and it plays in about 30 minutes! Basically it's a card drafting game where you trade chips for cards. The cards then allow you to acquire higher value cards and gain victory points. Acquire enough of the right cards and you get a visit from a Patron, earning you even more victory points. First person to 15 points, wins.
Game Play: Game play in Splendor is incredibly smooth. The mechanics are very simple, but there's no shortage of strategy here. You need to keep an eye on all three rows of cards and the Patron tiles to formulate a path to victory and that can be tricky as cards are constantly being bought and refreshed...and as the number of players goes up, so does the amount of attention you have to pay to everyone else's strategy. Having said that, this game never bogs down. Even my wife, who is famous for her Analysis Paralysis during strategy games, was able to keep her turns moving quickly. We also have found this game to be well balanced. We have usually ended our 2P games within 1 - 3 victory points of each other...something we really appreciate in games that we play.
The Art, the Components, and The Box: As I said before, the art is beautiful. While I wouldn't say I am immersed in theme during this game, I never tire of looking at all the beautiful paintings on the cards. The components are also top notch. The chips included are poker-style chips with an extremely satisfying "heft" to them. The cards and tiles are well made and seem durable. The box, while it is a little bigger than it needs to be, is really well done. The components fit tightly and do not move during transit. I always appreciate this in a game as there is little that is more annoying than arriving at game night, opening the box, and finding your components strewn all over the inside, then spending ten minutes sorting them all out. Might as well carry the game in a plastic bag if that's going to happen all the time. Thankfully, Splendor does not suffer from this. Everything stays where it should and set-up couldn't be faster.
Summary: I'm thinking this one is going to stay in our collection for a long time, and perhaps permanently. Replay value is off the charts and, as a 2P game, it's one of the most enjoyable that we own. If you're looking for a game that your wife/girlfriend will enjoy playing but still packs a punch, I'd recommend Splendor without reservation. Great game, great art, great rules, and great box. Kudos to the designer and manufacturer. You hit this one out of the park.
When I received this version, I learned that the manufacturers have apparently decided to reduce the quality of every component of the game. The sides of the cardboard box caved in. The chips are dirty, poorly printed, and clearly cheap plastic (not at all the original quality of the chips). The insert was flimsy and even dirty. I was half convinced that this was a knock-off product, but unfortunately it seems the company has decided to go the cheap route.
$20 would have been a steal for the original Splendor. What I got was not even worth $10. Avoid this, I know I'll be sending my copy back. Better to play on the electronic app than to own this.
Players can do one of two things every turn - collect chips or purchase gem sources. There are multiple ways to collect chips and the gem sources act as currency themselves to aid future purchases. The last ingredient are merchants that are awarded to the first player who has the correct number and type of gem sources.
So why is such a simple game so good? First the gem sources are tiered from basic, cheaper sources to 3rd level, very expensive sources. The more expensive sources are worth victory points, which are the objective of the game.
Thus the game is a race to get the required number of victory points (15) while building sufficient gem sources and collecting enough chips to actually be able to get those victory points.
The limited sources and chips assures plenty of player interaction and hard decisions. The limited set of choices keeps the game moving along briskly. The use of shuffled decks for the gem sources means that every game is different.
The whole is a game that plays in 30-60 minutes tops and delivers plenty of challenging decisions every turn.
This game was nominated for the Spiel des Jahres in Germany and came in just behind Camel Up.
One last note... The game comes with very nice bits (real poker-style chips for example), but should still be available for $30-35 if you look around. It went out of stock for a while, hence the higher prices you sometimes see. Just be patient or shop around. You shouldn't pay $70-80 for this game, however much you might like it!