As a merchant with a penchant for gems, the players in “Splendor” have joined the precious stone business. You’ll purchase mines, establish transport routes, employ skillful polishers and open jewellery boutiques in the shopping alleys of the Renaissance. And by positioning yourself particularly cleverly, you can win the favour of one of the prominent noblemen and women of the era. With its sturdy poker chips as pre cious stones and its atmospheric illustrations, as well as the simple game mechanic, “Splendor” quickly creates a sense of theme. Players buy cards to make future investments cheaper and to gain the all-important victory points. You’ll need to recognise good opportunities and have a keen tactical sense to become Europe’s greatest precious stone merchant.
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The jury’s explanation:
„Splendor“ stands out with its top-quality components and an ingeniously simple mechanic: The objective of collecting precious stones keeps players captivated, concentrating from the very first minute on trying to achieve their goal. So a kind of race emerges in this easily accessible tactical game: Who will be first to get the 15 points necessary for victory? It’s enthralling, every round guaranteeing tension to the very end and leaving players wanting a rematch straight away.