Azul board game
Azul board game

Azul

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Azul was designed by the world famous, award-winning game author Michael Riesling. Azul captures the beautiful aesthetics of Moorish art in a contemporary board game.

Players compete as artisans decorating the walls of the royal Palace of Dvora. By carefully drafting the correct Quantity and style of tiles, the most clever of artisans plan ahead to maximize the beauty of their work (not to mention their scores!) while ensuring they wasted no supplies in the process.

Introduced by the moors, "azulejos" (originally white and blue ceramic tiles) were fully embraced by the Portuguese, when their King Manuel I, on a visit to the Alhambra Palace in Southern Spain, was mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the Moorish decorative tiles. The King, awestruck by the interior beauty of the Alhambra, immediately ordered that his own Palace in Portugal be decorated with similar wall tiles.

As a tile-laying artist, you have been challenged to embellish the walls of the royal Palace of Dvora.



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  • Fun and beautiful but feel like it missed on purpose the opportunity to get mean, basically the reward for building up your own board is much higher than screwing other player. Either that or I'm not big brain enough to grasp everybody's moves
  • I played it so much that I grew tired of it, so sold it and purchased Summer Pavilion. That was great fun as well.
  • A very welcoming introductory game for those that are unfamiliar with board games, also pleasant for more weathered players.
  • Azul is pretty and pleasant to play. You can grab what you like or strategize. This was an intro-game for a relative who "doesn't like games." We have a convert.
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Well of course I grew up playing classic games like #Monopoly, #UNO, #Boggle, and more strategic games like #Stratego and #Chess. I also played #Munchkin for years, but my first moment of "whoa there are actual cool games" was with #7 Wonders. I played it at a friend's bachelor party. I bought a used copy shortly after, then #Azul, and then eventually #Evolution: Climate, which I consider my first step into the "deep end of the pool," haha.

As for providing that moment to other people, I don't really know. I like to play games with people, and of course I try to pick a game that I think will go over well with the group and the setting. I teach the game as well as I can, and then that's pretty much it. I doubt I've caused an "awakening" in anyone, but we usually have fun.

We've taken a similar path, a lot of my first games I bought were geared to making it easy for the family to learn and play so that we could make our way up to some maybe slightly harder things. I grabbed #Azul #Kingdomino #Ticket To Ride as some of my entry levels.

Have been playing through #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine with my game group on board game arena, it's been great and is such an enjoyable yet tense game, with hilarious moments of luck/stupidity thrown in.

Also played some #Azul and #The Hobbit Card Game with my partner.

 

 

Yay for "gangster Monopoly" lol. Gonna use it next time we play

Yeah #Azul is for whatever reason is not a hit with my family, maybe it's too abstract? #Karuba seems like it will fit well though, thanks for the recommendation

Chinatown is a big hit with my in-laws. My mother in law calls it "gangster Monopoly" LOL

I think the only games that I have that fit the puzzle and language independence bill would be #Azul and maybe #Karuba

Welocme, I think you might like #Reef if you liked azul a lot. I own #Azul but it just misses the spot for me when it comes to replayability. Don't know what it is about it but it's missing that spark. Although I've given Reef a shot and it's similar but I think I prefer it personally. 

What's the difference between this Azul and regular #Azul?