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Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Jaipur 17 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 8 months ago.
To start you shuffle and deal a hand of five cards to both players that represent the seven commodities (gold, cloth, camels and so on). These can be traded and act as your currency. The remaining cards are shuffled and make up the marketplace.
Each turn, a player can choose to swap cards from their hand with other cards in the marketplace or to spend their cards on commodity tokens, all of which have different scoring values. The more cards you swap at once, the more points score.
As you play, the commodities become more scarce and you race to complete a set of three. The round is then over and you count up your final scores, adding the value of your commodities to the bonuses that you have collected. The player with the highest score wins that round and the first to win two rounds is the overall winner.
The result is a game where players must balance going after the more scarce (and valuable) commodities or aiming to build combinations that require more cards but are overall worth more points. To win you need a mix of pre-planned strategy and adaptation to the trading conditions that luck and your opponent create.
This game is good if you want to:
Once you begin to play competitively, remember:
- Tokens need to be stacked depending on value, so early trades are worth more.
- When you trade more than three cards, you get a bonus scoring token.
- Keep an eye on what colour cards your opponent takes, so you can have an idea of their strategy.
Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.
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