Space Cowboys | Jaipur 2nd Edition | Board Game | Ages 10+ | 2 Players | 30 Minute Playing time
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The game begins by laying out the tableau (as seen in the picture below) and removing any camels from player’s hands and adding them to their herd on the table in front of them. The main stalling point is that it’s two-player only, not something you can whip out to please a dinner party or a family.
But, if you sell a large number of goods and have no camels, then you will have to replenish your hand with a single card each round (until you decide to take all of the camels to build a herd).Join the community and come discuss games like Codenames, Wingspan, Brass, and all your other favorite games! On the other hand, you receive increasingly high rewards for selling three, four, or five cards of the same good at a time, so you'd better wait! Firstly, a player may simply take any face up card and then replenish the market with the next card from the deck. There are also two main modes of play, either the classic version where you have to remember what cards your opponent drew or the open version where new cards are put face-up in front of players, allowing you to reduce the demands on your memory completely, if you don't like the memory element in a game.
In this digital adaptation of the award-winning card game, find a comprehensive interactive tutorial and an extensive campaign mode. Every game of Jaipur is played as a best of three, ensuring that pure luck of the draw will rarely decide the winner of the match, even if it does occasionally influence an individual turn within a single game. A good Jaipur move is more like cornering an opponent’s piece in chess than when someone lands on your hotel in Monopoly. I can imagine the headset-wearing control team standing up and cheering from the room in NASA with the big screen. I never regret pulling it off the shelf, but after I’ve played, it doesn’t leave me immediately desperate for one more go.I think that makes it not only a great game for seasoned vets but also something you could easily introduce to people who don’t play a lot. Being someone who often finds themselves annoyed that many of their favourite games become boring or hard to play when played with two players, Jaipur is great at scratching the itch for a game with a bit of depth, whilst still being great for pairs.
From a central market of five cards, you will be taking either any one card, all the camels, or exchanging any number of cards. If you take cards, you have to choose between taking all the camels, taking one card from the market, or swapping 2-5 cards between the market and your cards. And since it’s a competitive game with a slice of luck, you better pick someone who won’t mind losing – and you won’t mind losing to – as an opponent.
Do I take that growing number of camels rather than a solitary goods card, but in so doing refresh the market for my opponent? By selling 3 or more goods of that type, the player is rewarded with a bonus token of that quantity. When selling cards, you can sell any number of matching goods (you have to sell at least two when selling the three best goods).
At the end of a round, one player receives the Maharajah's seal of excellence, and the first player to earn two seals of excellence wins the privilege of being invited to the Maharajah’s court! The reason why it is so important to have camels (aside from a five point bonus for the player who has most when the game ends) is the ability to trade a large number of camels for a large number of goods cards when the market is in your favour. In Jaipur, you are hoping to become the Maharaja’s personal trader by amassing more riches than your opponent at the end of each week.No strategy works the same twice as your opponent and you battle it out for large hauls or high-value items and of course, the camels. For instance, Quinns, you always play for high amounts of points because you’re naturally ambitious. You are one of the two most powerful traders in the city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, but that's not enough for you because only the merchant with two "seals of excellence" will have the privilege of being invited to the Maharaja's court. Plus, with only two players, it's not especially amazing as a filler, because I normally have more than two people waiting around on game nights. Being named after the city of Jaipur in north India, there are camel trains to manage and colorful art to admire.