Jaipur Review

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Jaipur is a game by Sebastien Pauchon, published by GameWorks. It is for 2 players. In this game, players will be working to become the Maharaja’s personal trader. They will do this by collecting, exchanging and selling goods. They will collect bonuses for selling 3 or more of a particular good. The player that can trade the best and win 2 Seals of Excellence will be declared the winner.

To begin, 3 camel cards are placed face up in a line between the players. The rest of the cards are shuffled together. 5 cards are then dealt to each player. The remaining cards are placed face down on the table. The first 2 cards from the deck are placed beside the camel cards face up. Players look at their hand of cards and remove any camel cards, placing them in a face up stack in front of them. The goods tokens are sorted by type and place within a pile for each good in descending order. These tokens are spread out so that players can see the different values of each. The bonus tokens are sorted by type and shuffled separately to form 3 piles. The camel token is placed next to he bonus tokens as are the 3 seals of excellence. Play now begins.

The game is played in a series of rounds. On a player’s turn, they may either take cards or sell cards. Taking cards allows a player one of 3 options. They can take several goods through exchange, they can take a single good, or they can take all the camels. To exchange, the player takes the goods cards that they want and replace the cards taken from the market with the same amount from their hand. In other words, if they take 3 cards from the market, they must replace those 3 cards with 3 from their hand. Exchanging involves at least 2 cards for 2 cards never just 1 for 1. A player can take any single good card from the market and then replace it with the top card from the deck. A player can also take all the camels from the market adding them to their faceup stack of camels, replacing them with cards from the deck. The only restrictions a player has for taking cards is that they must take either goods or camels but can not take both. Also, if a player chooses camels, they must take all of them. Players can not have more than 7 cards in their hand at the end of their turn. Camels do not count against a player’s hand limit.

The other option that a player has is to sell cards. To sell cards, a player place as many cards of the same type as they want onto the discard pile. They will then take the same amount of tokens that correspond to that type of good from the pile, starting with the highest value. If 3 or more goods of a type are sold, then the player takes the corresponding bonus token. The only restriction to selling is that if a player decides to sell either diamonds, gold or silver, they must sell at least 2 cards of this good. Other goods have no such restriction so a player may sell only one good if they so choose.

The end of a round is signified by one of two things. The round can end if 3 types of goods tokens have been depleted from the piles. The round can also end if there are no more cards left in the draw pile to fill the market with. At this point, scoring occurs. The player with the most camels in their herd receives the camel token that awards them 5 extra rupees. Player now flip over all of their goods tokens and add them up. The player that has the most money is the winner of the round and receives a Seal of Excellence. Once a player collects their second Seal of Excellence, the game is over and that player is the winner.

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COMPONENTS
For a simple card game, this game looks great. The cards are beautiful and are super nice. I love the artwork and design of them. They are very high quality and are very easy to shuffle. I really like them. The goods tokens are really nice as well. They are made of thick cardboard and are brightly colored to match the goods cards. The numbers are easy to read and the design is really nice. I really love the insert as well. Yes, it’s pink but it holds everything so nicely inside the box that it has to be mentioned. This has got to be one of the best looking and highest quality card game that I’ve ever had the joy of playing. I really love the look and feel of every aspect.
10 out of 10

RULEBOOK
The rulebook is well designed with everything laid out perfectly. It’s in full color with lots of pictures and and examples. It has only a few pages with the first page being a picture and the last one being credits and picture. I love the beauty and design of the rules. Everything is super easy to read and understand. It doesn’t take very long to read over at all. You will have no troubles with the rules or the game. I really like how nicely everything is broken down and laid out. Really an excellent job.
10 out of 10

GAMEPLAY
I absolutely love this game. The mechanics of either buying or selling is very well done and is extremely simple. However there is a lot of strategy to this game. Yes it’s a simple game but you will find yourself agonizing over what to do. Should I sell these 2 cards to get the better money tokens or should I wait to see if I can get at least 1 more card to get the extra bonus token? That’s just one of the myriad of possibilities that you’ll find yourself mulling over. That’s the beauty of this game. Strategic minded players can enjoy it just as much as new players. It’s not a game that will take a long time to play either. Most games are usually played in under 30 minutes. This is a great introductory game as well as a great filler. I really enjoy playing this one.
9 out of 10

OVERALL
Jaipur is a light weight card game of buying and trading. It’s a fairly short game to play with an average play time of less than 30 minutes. The artwork on the cards as well as the tokens is very beautiful and the quality is top of the line. The gameplay is very simple but will give you lots of strategic choices to make. It’s a game that works well for veterans as well as new players. Anyone that enjoys playing card games will truly adore this game. It’s easy to teach and easy to learn. I highly recommend it. It’s definitely one of my most favorite card games on the market. I’m sure once you play it, it will be one of your favorites too.
9 out of 10

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For more information about this and other great games, please check out GameWorks at their site.

http://www.gameworks.ch/2010/index.php

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About Gaming Bits - Jonathan Nelson

I'm a happily married man with 2 wonderful kids. I love my family very much. I'm a big fan of board, card and RPG games and have been playing for over 20 years. As a board and card game reviewer, I'm hoping that this blog will inform, educate and entertain you. If you like it, please tell your friends and have them join in on the conversations. Thanks and GAME ON!!
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One Response to Jaipur Review

  1. Daniel Zayas says:

    I just did a Jaipur review for a friend’s YouTube channel and you echoed a lot of the conflicting statements I had about the gameplay. It is super simple. But the strategy is at times super complex. What a great great game.

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