Diamonds Board Game
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- Great, unique tactile components in a card game
- Metallic gold and silver inked cards with art deco styling
- Fast-paced game for both gamers and families
- Unique gameplay - score points when losing tricks as well as winning tricks
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Diamonds is a trick-taking card game in which players collect Diamonds - not cards bearing that suit, mind you, but rather actual "Diamond Crystals" (acrylic crystals) included in the game. What makes the game of Diamonds different from other trick-taking card games is that when you cannot follow suit you get a "Suit Action" based on what suit you do play. Suit Actions are also taken by the winner of each trick, as well as at the end of a full Round of play. Suit Actions will enable players to take Diamond Crystals from the Supply, moving them to their Showroom (where they may score 1 point) or to their Vault (where they will score 2 points). The Vault is a secure area, but the Showroom is vulnerable to theft by the other players. Whoever has the most points in Diamond Crystals at the end of the game wins!
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|Item Dimensions||5.12 x 2.25 x 6.75 in||12 x 12 x 3 in||7.5 x 2.63 x 10.75 in||6.3 x 2.8 x 9 in||11 x 11 x 2.25 in||1 x 6 x 4 in|
|Item Weight||0.84 lb||2.45 lbs||1.54 lbs||1.25 lbs||1.8 lbs||6.88 ounces|
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GAMEPLAY - Diamonds is a trick taking card game very similar to Spades or Hearts. The first player plays a card of one of the four suits, and then each player follows with a card in the same suit if possible. The highest card in the suit wins. The twist is that each suit has a different action for the winner. Some let you take a diamond (diamonds are basically points), others let you steal diamonds from another player, etc... Also, if you cannot follow suit, you immediately get to take the action of the suit you play.
WHO IS THIS GAME FOR - Honestly, just about anyone. This is the perfect game for a family get together as it can be enjoyed by kids as young as 7 or 8 as well as parents and grandparents. I also think many couples would enjoy this, and even serious gamers would probably like it as a change of pace filler.
PROS - Quick, simple gameplay
- Great at all player counts - 2 to 6
- Quality components
CONS - None
I like this game. Something about it makes us not play again right after playing. It might be the length. It's longer than your typical game of Spades, and it requires you to think a bit more than a game of Hearts. I would give it 5 starts, but for a card game, there is not the "let's play again" factor right after you play. For me, that ability to play 2 or 3 times in a night is important. However, everyone still has a good time. We just get out another game.
EDIT: Played with 3, and not that exciting at this player count. Maybe 4 or 5 is the sweet spot. Will have to try those counts.
Only minor drawback is that the card faces are too dark, it is hard to see the numbers when there is glare or poor lighting conditions and it is easy to get some cards face up and not notice it when you are gathering the cards for the next deal.
However, that brings me to a few negatives. The cards themselves are high quality, but the backgrounds are busy making them difficult to read. Also, the reference cards telling you the suit actions are in pictograms only, which were not appreciated by some of the older players. It would be nice if the game designers gave you a choice, making one side pictograms and the flip side in words. Overall, the components felt solid and the game was appreciated by all.
It's nice that you can play with 2 - 6 people, and the two person game is still very fun. The two person game is only about 20 minutes and I like that you can't tell who's winning during the game. So the final scoring is always has some mystery.
It's simple to learn, and they provide some "cheat-sheet" cards that show how to score. Highly recommended.