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A friend and I have been trying out Splendor over the past 2 weeks. It’s a fun, simple game; like most of the games we try out, they’re better with more-than 2 players. It’s a resource acquisition game, using coloured markers as the resources used to buy cards. The cards provide resources that match the markers, allowing the purchase of cards which also score points — and happen to be very expensive. Each turn you can take 3 different markers, 2 of the same colour, or you can take a card from the market and a wildcard marker. You can only have 3 cards in hand, and are limited to holding 10 markers total. That’s it; a simple game but the mechanics are very tight and the competition for resources drives the game. I really enjoyed it and would consider buying it if I thought I could corral enough people to play it.

I don’t know if we’ll be going back to it, as we don’t have any additional players during out board game nights. My final record was 2-3, but every game was fun. For a more detailed breakdown, check out this review on Board Game Geek.

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