by Sébastien Pauchon
No. of players: 2 Play Time: 20+ mins Age: 12+
Jaipur designed by Sébastien Pauchon, art by Alexandre Roche, is a set collecting card game themed around market trading in India. Whether you’re selling silk, spices or camels everything is worth Rupees, the most Rupees at the end of the round wins the Maharaja seal of excellence, first player to get two seals wins the game. Each player can do one of two things on their turn and that’s; Take cards or Trade cards, but not both. You can take cards in several ways: One is to take a single card from the market place (composed of 5 cards lined up in the centre of the play area) once you have taken a card the card is then replaced by the top card of the deck. Another way is to take several cards, but to do this you must replace the same amount of cards taken from the market, with cards from your hand. Not forgetting at the end of your turn you must not have more than 7 cards in your hand. The third and final way is to take all of the camels and put them into your herd. Cards are then replenished back up to 5 from the deck and the camels do not affect the 7 card hand limit. To trade you simply discard cards for that commodity and take the equal amount of chips to how many you have discarded. Chip values are descending so knowing when to trade and what to trade is crucial. Not forgetting bonus chips for 3,4 and 5 card trades. Once three different commodity tokens are gone or the deck has been exhausted, the round ends. The chips are flipped over and the rupees are counted and a nice little bonus chip for the player with the biggest camel herd too. Jaipur is a great two player filler game. It’s easy to learn and quick to play, making it great if you don’t always have the time or the number of people available that more meatier games require. The pieces are of good quality, I would have preferred poker chips, but this would undoubtedly increase the price of the game. The cards are of good stock and plastic coated making them durable against wear and tear. I love a good insert 😛 and Jaipur has a great one. All the pieces and cards fit perfectly making it easy to transport without worrying about it getting knocked about and damaged. It’s also nice to see how the theme is continued throughout the packaging with the insert depicting traditional Indian architecture. Over all Jaipur is my goto two player filler game. I like being able to screw my opponent over by taking a card I know they are after and there aren’t many games you get to shout “Stop touching my effing camels” during game play.