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Queen Games Alhambra Board Game
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- Players: 2 to 6
- Ages 8 and up
- Playing Time: 60 minutes
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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.
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As soon as I bought it, I opened it up and played it two player. I love collecting games, but it's hard to find really good games that work for two players. There are special rules for two players, but we didn't use them because they are at the back of the instructions and we'd already set up normally.
It was so much fun! It's really easy to learn, requires a little strategy but not a lot of tough thought. Playing two player didn't lessen the fun at all. It's a great game for a lazy afternoon or for a group of non-gamers, as well as for more serious gamers. I highly recommend!!
There are also 4 or 5 expansions, so there is room to add later on.
On a technical note:
The cards are a really nice size and width, and the game pieces are very nice to look at.You'll need a decently sized table to play, with at least a square foot per person to make their Alhambra on as well as a maybe 2x1 sq feet in the middle for the game board.
“Alhambra” isn’t what I would call a competitive game and this could be good or bad, depending on what personalities comprise your group. I say this because throughout the entire game, you are essentially playing against yourself. You control your own Alhambra at all times with no way to directly attack or effect someone else’s. It’s like each player has their own puzzle, though the pieces of which are “bought” from a central pool that is constantly changing. I’m personally fine with how the game plays out because the kids can sometimes be overly competitive. Here, I don’t have to worry about that.
There’s also a two player variant involving “Dirk” (an imaginary third person that players will be competing against). He doesn’t have his own Alhambra, but does collect tiles in a particular way and scores points appropriately. While recommended for balancing issues, I personally find it viable to do away with Dirk in a two player game and just play via the standard rules. Along those lines, the less people you have playing, the more you can plan based on what’s in the market. Things get a bit chaotic with four or more players and you’ll thus be reduced to making a decision based on that moment in time, a reality that some may find to be unappealing.
As such, “Alhambra” will be hit or miss for some folks. Those who are competitive and enjoy screwing people over in an “in-your-face” kind of way may not enjoy this title. On the other hand, those who enjoy the comfort of working on their own puzzle with the caveat of very little player interaction will feel right at home. Just be warned that the more players you add, the more downtime you’ll have and the less strategic things will get (due to the market constantly changing before your next turn). I personally enjoyed “Alhambra” and found it very easy to pick up and play…worth a buy if you have the money and fit the recommended gamer profile.
I've played this game just a couple times so far, but I really like it already. Basically, all players are competing to build the best Alhambra by buying strategic buildings and placing them in stratigic areas on their own personal Alhambra. There are four differnent types of currencies, their colors are yellow, dark orange, green and blue. There is a building market with four squares, each one corresponding to these four different money types, and one building type is place inside each one. You are dealt a hand of money at the beginning that you can use to buy a building from the market to add to your ever-growing Alhambra. You can pay over what the building costs, but no change is given. So if you pay the exact amount of the building, you get an extra turn.
So the game continues until all the buildings in the draw-bag are gone and you are no longer able to bring the amount of tiles in the building market back up to four. After the two scoring rounds that occur at different points during gameplay, there is a final scoring round at the end of the game where first, second and third place are awarded to players with the most, second most, and third most tiles of each kind of building in their Alhambras. The player with the most points wins.
So yeah, Alhambra from Queen Games is well worth the 30+ dollars. Great for any occasion! Highly recommend!
This game has a good level of chance and strategy and it only takes about 40 minutes to play. It has low player interaction which means my GF doesn't like it because she prefers games where you can directly influence another player.