Splendor board game
Splendor board game


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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.

Splendor is a fast-paced and addictive game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops; all in order to acquire the most prestige points. If you're wealthy enough, you might even receive a visit from a noble at some point, which of course will further increase your prestige.

On your turn, you may (1) collect chips (gems), or (2) buy and build a card, or (3) reserve one card. If you collect chips, you take either three different kinds of chips or two chips of the same kind. If you buy a card, you pay its price in chips and add it to your playing area. To reserve a card, you place it in front of you face down for later building; this costs you a round, but you also get gold in the form of a joker chip, which you can use as any gem.

All of the cards you buy increase your wealth as they give you a permanent gem bonus for later buys; some of the cards also give you prestige points. In order to win the game, you must reach 15 prestige points before your opponents do.

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  • Engine building in its purest form. Too pure people don't win by building engine in this game. Fun game when people haven't figured that out, too calculating and luck depending if people understood the game
  • Here're one that grew on me over time. though my opinion of the game when i first played it was just average (gave it a 7 in 2015), the more i played it, the more i appreciated it.I, more recently, appreciate the engine building nature of the game.
  • --Dec2014-- It's quite pleasant, for a little abstract game with no real theme. Daughter #1 was amused - which is nice; and the game definitely didn't outstay its welcome. On the other hand, it's not something I'd ever choose for its own merits: other than the mechanical effort of playing, there's little else going on.
  • A simple engine-building card-game, yet with surprisingly deep tactics.Yes, the theme is pasted on; but the very nice art more than makes up for that!
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Excited to see some older games like #Splendor, #Sushi Go! and #Hanabi still on the "bought" list despite being pretty light and several years old. I've seen them be picked up by non-hobbyist friends and I think those games are well on their way to being considered as classic and mass-market as #Monopoly and #Catan.

Yeah I did the same thing with #Splendor.  My friend played it and really liked it so I just left it at her house. 

Hmm, that is a fascinating concept.  Let's see...what if I took..mmm, say #Ecos: First Continent and we combine that with something like...oooh, oooh... #Wingspan!  Weaving them together well is the tough part, especially since the African birds expansions hasn't been released yet...I think the number of ECOS tiles revealed is the number of birds readily avaialable to choose from each round.  If you take the "gain food" action, you can forgo gaining one food to gain a symbol of your choice.  For the "lay eggs"action, you may forgo obtaining an egg to double the symbol net drawn from the tile bag.  For the "draw cards" action, you can forgo one drawn card to draw one additional tile from the tile bag.

That's as far as I got with that one but other fun game combos might be #Terraforming Mars & #Anachrony

#Heaven & Ale & #Troyes

#PARKS & #Wingspan (huge potential!)

#Tapestry & #Scythe

#Century: Spice Road & #Splendor


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#Clans of Caledonia

The best quick game (30m or less)


The most fun you can have with your clothes on

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The best game you can can fit in your pocket.

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The 'to put it politely, I can't fathom how anyone can enjoy this' award




How old are your princesses?  (referencing a previous photo I saw)  And how's the game introducing going?  I have been collecting some games with an eye towards playing them with my kids when they get older, although I guess they may be terribly out of date by then considering they're only 3 and 10 months.  I have #Catan: Junior, #Pirate Den, #Kingdomino, #Splendor aaand a bunch of others probably.  #Animal Upon Animal I've already introduced.  I bought one game with marbles and test tubes that I forget the name of but I let her play with the marbles and now they're all gone haha. 

Oooh I got a new one.  I sometimes curate as an excuse to collect.  Like I have quite a few games that if it were up to me and my imaginary ideal group of gamers (and time to play, while I'm imagining things) I wouldn't play.  (That's not to say I don't like them, I just don't prefer them, mostly.  #Splendor and #Betrayal at House on the Hill may be exceptions.)  They may hardly ever hut the table, but I keep them around to introduce new people to games or play with my kids when they get older.  So the games are around to fulfill a certain purpose, not necessarily (only) because I like them. 

thats still not a bad choice! but I totally understand that, im the same way. I got like that with #Splendor awhile back lol

Welcome! I just traded away my copy of Century Golem as it wasn't hitting the table much sadly. Along those same mechanics, have you tried#Splendor or#Majesty: For the Realm?

I've had success introducing non-gamers to #Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle and #Disney: The Haunted Mansion - Call of the Spirits Game. Both are fun, easy to learn, and are well liked-even for non-hardcore HP fans.  Next on my list would be #Splendor, #Century: Spice Road and #Azul.

#Splendor just doesn't work for me. Other engine bulders do though.

#Trivial Pursuit: Disney Edition isn't my forte either :p