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Play involves deciding whether to draw specific types gems from the bank or spend them on the card-assets on the table. As you build a collection of these cards they provide gems of their own to reduce the cost of your next purchases. This creates an exciting snowballing of wealth which you must leverage to buy cards worth 15 points to win the game.
As you progress, the super expensive items that seemed out of reach to begin with, become possible to attain. There's a thrill in how you build your economic world because each and each decision can tip things in your favour as long as you look ahead at what asset cards fit with your resources.
The result is a board game that's quick to learn but with a depth that requires you to think ahead. Strategies develop where you laser focus on a single currency, race to the larger commodities or foil other players by hoarding currency or reserving cards they may want.
The first time you play, this makes it easier to learn:
- Play a 6-7 rounds with two players without nobles or reserving cards.
- Play a few more rounds adding in nobles and reserving cards.
- Restart the game with all the players.
Play Time: This game will take between half an hour and 40 minutes to complete.
- City objectives
- Bonus currency from Trading Posts
- The Orient special ability cards
- Strongholds for additional reservations.
There's a mobile application version of the game, for iOS, Android and Steam.
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