MFG: Asmodee Games
#of Players: 2 – 4
Age Range: 10+
Overall Construction: This game is solid. The cardboard parts are a solid cardboard that could take a serious beating. The “tokens” are thick poker chips with stickers on them. There are 3 decks of cards and they are pretty standard cards, about bridge size. They have a nice smooth finish and shuffle well. The inside of the box is slotted in such a way, that they hold the game in the box without all the parts rattling around, but you still have the ability to get the parts out without bending or damaging them. The rulebook is very concise and has nice graphics that show the layout & pieces of the game in full details and with information to show you what everything means.
Gameplay: Lay out the cards & noble tiles according to the layout described in the rulebook. Make piles of each of the different sets of tokens. This should be easy since there are only 6 types to worry about. The rulebook will tell you what parts to leave out based on how many players you have.
Basically though, each turn you can choose to take 3 different color tokens, 2 of the same color tokens (but only if there is 4 of that type in the stack), you can reserve a card and take 1 gold, purchase a face up development card, or accept a visit from the noble if you have the required gems. Each token is worth one gem, the cards can be worth both gems & prestige. You want to go for higher level development cards, as they will help you get higher level prestige cards. The cards you get with the gold are cards you and you alone can try to develop. The end game is trying to get to 15 prestige points.
Yes/No Recommend: The game can be fun, but I don’t like the rules as such. To me it limits what the game can be. Try this variation. Changes in Italics.
Each turn you can choose to take 3 different color tokens, 2 of the same color tokens, 1 gold and one card from the reserves and play it face up, purchase a face up development card, or accept a visit from the noble if you have the required gems. Each token is worth one gem, the cards can be worth both gems & prestige. As you go for higher level development cards, you may find yourself having to trade lower level development cards with low level prestige for higher level prestige cards. Yes, in this version you will discard development cards in place of tokens that you don’t have. The reason you will trade up is because you can never hold more than 10 tokens at a time. The end game is trying to get to 15 prestige points.
Either way it’s a good game if you like a higher level of strategy from your games. Play with the maximum amount of players if you want the game to be interesting. If you watch my video it is based on the way I found the most enjoyment from the game.
Where To Get It: I received my review copy from Rockin’ Rooster, my local game store to be used as a game day item. It is available in most game stores & they can easily order you one if they don’t have it. For more information on the game and other Asmodee Games visit their website at http://us.asmodee.com/ressources/jeux_versions/splendor.php