Jaipur first impressions

I recently bought #Jaipur to play with my wife. I was hesitant to buy it, because she hasn't liked any of the last 3 games I bought that are similar. These games are #Lost Cities, #The Fox in the Forest, and #Jixia Academy (Hanamikoji). They're all small-box, 2-player card games that play quickly. I bought them because they're highly rated, and because we like to go play games at a coffee shop, and these fit the bill perfectly! Except for the most important part, which is my wife actually enjoying them.

So when I mentioned that to her, and that I was hesitant to buy another game like that, she encouraged me to just buy it. Don't have to tell me twice to buy a game, haha!

It's a success! This game is quick and fun, and has a good balance of luck and strategy. I'mjust speculating, but I think what helps my wife enjoy this more than the others is that the goals seem clearer. Collect sets of cards and trade them in for points tokens. Try to get the big bonuses. That's it!

Another reason is probably because in this game, decisions don't feel agonizing like they do in those other games. I'm not quite sure why. In those games, every turn feels like it could make or break you, where in this game or doesn't feel that way, even though it's probably similarly true.

Anyway, it's a great game. Turns are SUPER quick, setup only takes a minute or two, it's a small box, and it's fun. What more could you ask for?

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Supporter9 months ago

Cool! I’ve seen this places but never really looked into it. It’s not the kind of game that would normally be in my collection. 

9 months ago

Too small?

Supporter9 months ago

I’m not sure why. Just something I’ve overlooked. 

9 months ago

Well if it sounds fun, give it a go!

9 months ago

We love Jaipur in our family.  We take it on trips and its so small but fun and easy to play.

Supporter9 months ago

How big is the box?

9 months ago

Smaller than Lost Cities

9 months ago

About 2.5x4.5 inches. 

Supporter9 months ago

That is smaller than I imagined.

9 months ago

I intend to do the same!

Supporter9 months ago

Thanks for this, How long would you say a game takes you two?

9 months ago

Technically a full game is best 2 out of 3 rounds. Each round probably takes 5-10 minutes after setup between each round, which is probably 2-3 minutes.

Supporter9 months ago

wow, that is nice and fast.

9 months ago

Yep, it packs a punch in the "fun per minute" category, haha

Supporter9 months ago

But what about the fun per hour metric?

9 months ago

FPH = FPM * 60

Supporter9 months ago

Unless there is a curve where the fun decreases if a game takes too long?

9 months ago

Haha that exists, but the FPH metric doesn't account for it. FPH is a rate stat, and that is probably an aggregate stat. Lol

Supporter9 months ago

Math checks out. 

Supporter9 months ago

Glad you found one that worked! Those moments are always great to have haha

This makes me want to have a quick card-based filler too. Have you played #The Fox in the Forest? (I haven't yet). Asking because I was wondering if #The Fox in the Forest Duet is on your radar, which I believe is a co-op version that's coming out this year.

9 months ago

Yep, mentioned in the post that it was one of the ones that failed, haha. I really like it but she doesn't :/

Duet is out already I believe, but I don't think I'll be getting it. Maybe if she enjoyed the original more, but already we're not particularly drawn to co-op games.

Supporter9 months ago

Ahh, I missed that part :(

My wife and I enjoy co-ops so that's one reason why I've been having a real hard time trying to resist getting #Marvel Champions: The Card Game. We don't have any solid card games so the idea of having a game with small footprint and quick setup appeals to me.

9 months ago

It would probably be good for you guys! I really like the original.

Supporter9 months ago

This is a great two player game. Definitely a keeper in my collection.

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