Jaipur 2nd Edition

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Jaipur is a clever two-player trading game where you cannot afford to ignore the camels. Each turn you will choose to either take cards or sell cards and that’s it! Of course, herein lies the rub as what you take and sell is where the risk and reward of the game lies. Cards will either represent camels or one of six goods. From a central market of five cards you will be taking eit…
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Jaipur is a clever 2 player trading game where you cannot afford to ignore the camels. Each turn, you will choose to take cards or sell cards and that’s it! Of course, herein lies the rub; the risks and rewards of the game lie in what you take and what you sell.

Cards will either represent camels or one of six goods. From a central market of five cards, you will be taking either any one card, all the camels, or exchanging any number of cards. When you sell, you will take matching tokens for each good that you sell. Good tokens start off more valuable and decrease in value as the game goes on. But on any one turn, you may only sell one type of good, and if it’s one of the most valuable, you must sell a minimum of two cards. Also, if you sell three or more cards, you will earn a bonus scoring token.

As a result, selling is both a marathon and a sprint. Getting one or two high scoring tokens is great, but is it better to wait and sell a job lot? Camels can never be sold, but don’t count towards your hand limit and can be used freely in exchanges. Exchanges are really useful because you control what goes back into the market for your opponent to choose from. ON the other hand, when you draw one card or take camels, the market is refilled from the deck, which could hand your opponent first dibs on the best cards.

So, although you don’t always want your opponent to be 'cameled up', it can be a good way to tempt them into refreshing the market for you. Of course, the person with the most camels at the end of the game also gains five extra points, which can prove crucial.

Jaipur 2nd Edition is a tight, fast, and clever game with lots of great decision-making. You will find yourself battling the same person over and over to settle once and for all who really is worth the most camels!

Player Count: 2
Time: 30 Minutes
Age: 12+

 

Jaipur 2nd EditionJaipur is a fabulous set-collection and hand-management game, which is much vaunted in many ‘Best for 2 players’ line ups- and with good reason. It's quick to learn and play, has some good tactical depth and is beautifully designed and produced. Jaipur 2nd Edition features gorgeous new artwork with the same satisfying gameplay of the first.

Rules of Trade

Setup involves dealing each player five cards and dealing 3 camels (more on them later) and 2 other good cards to the common face-up market. Any camels in your hand are immediately placed down in front of you to form your herd, which is going to come in handy. In turn, you can take cards from the market or sell cards from your hand. Drawing from the market gives you choices: add a single goods card from the market to your hand, add all camels from the market to your herd, or take more than one goods card from the market and replace with an equal number of your existing goods/camels in any combination. Your hand can never exceed 7 cards, though there is no limit to the number of camels in your herd.

Selling to Win

Selling involves discarding a set of cards of the same good type from your hand. You take an equal number of tokens from the top of the relevant goods' token stack – all bar one of these stacks of 5 – 9 tokens are ordered in decreasing value. The goods themselves also cover a range of values – gems are most valuable, while hides are least valuable. The three precious goods also carry the restriction that you must sell them at least two at a time. If you sell 3, 4 or 5 of the same kind in a transaction, you draw the appropriate bonus token and these have a hidden value, which also sits within a range. The game ends when 3 of the 6 stacks of goods tokens are depleted, or the draw pile is depleted. Players score the total of all their goods and bonus tokens. There is a final 5-point bonus for the player with the most camels in their herd. In Jaipur 2nd Edition, just as in the original, the best of 3 wins overall. Jaipur 2nd Edition front and back

Working the Market

Brisk, thinky and satisfying. There are a number of tactical considerations to weigh up. Do I get an early sale for a smaller set of goods or hold on for a bigger set? Do I take that growing number of camels rather than a solitary goods card, but in so doing refresh the market for my opponent? Or do I go for high value goods which might be more contested, or scoop up the lower value goods, where I might be able to gather the full 5 quite quickly? How do I manage with a paltry 7 cards in my hand – how many different sets am I really trying to collect? These make for an interesting puzzle but one that doesn’t lead to too much analysis paralysis and so play cracks along at a lively and enjoyable pace.

Final Thoughts on Jaipur 2nd Edition

This simple but satisfying blend makes Jaipur 2nd Edition a highly accessible choice – I have played it with a wide range of family and friends. It comes in a compact format with a highly attractive design and great production values. It comes out at home, at the pub and on holiday – a game for all seasons. I strongly recommend adding it to your collection.
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    Rating

    • Artwork
    • Complexity
    • Replayability
    • Player Interaction
    • Component Quality

    You might like

    • Quick to teach and play
    • A thinky puzzle, enough to satisfy
    • Beautiful production

    Might not like

    • A bit light for some