Alhambra by Queen Games, is a European style board game that uses card drafting and tile placement to create a wonderful game that helped revolutionize the board game industry. With the objective of the game to acquire buildings and place them in their Alhambra.
To play Alhambra each player will start the game off with at least twenty worth of random currency. There are three actions a player can take during their turn; draw money cards from the open money market, purchase a building from the building market and either place it in their Alhambra or reserve board, or rearrange their Alhambra. There are four types of currencies in Alhambra, players must use the corresponding currency with that of the available buildings in the building market. Players must use the three different actions to construct the best Alhambra. The game ends when the building market can no longer be refilled. Any remaining buildings will be auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The scoring for Alhambra is very unique. Two score cards are shuffled into the currency deck, at approximately one third of the way through and two thirds of the way through the deck. This is determined by dividing the deck into five parts and placing the first score card in the second pile and the second score card in the forth pile, and then arranging the five piles back in order. Finally, a third round of scoring is conducted at the end of the game. Scoring is based on the number of buildings each player has in their Alhambra and the size of their longest wall. With the player with the most of each type of the six types of buildings receiving points.
Alhambra is a wonderful European style board game, that helped revolutionize the hobby board game industry. I really enjoy this game! It is easy to play as a family or with a with your local game group. It is easy to teach, with most players being able to pick it up after a few turns. While many more experienced gamers have grown past games of this nature, Alhambra is responsible for bringing many people into this wonderful hobby. The game also favors efficiency when constructing an Alhambra, because if a players is able to purchase a building for exact change, they get to make an extra action. Making it possible to take up to five actions per turn! This can greatly help in the construction of an Alhambra. An additional way efficiency is awarded, is constructing the Alhambra in a way that it doesn’t have to be rearranged, because if a player has to use a turn rearranged then that is a turn they aren’t able to collect money or buy new buildings. To stay fresh and challenging Alhambra also has many expansions players can purchase to help add more variety to the game play. Overall, Alhambra is a great gateway game, that provides a large amount of strategy with the only luck components being which cards and tiles come up in the markets. If you love other European style games like Settlers of Catan or Kingdom Builder, then I suggest giving Alhambra a try!
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Ages: 8 and up
Playtime: 45-60 Minutes
Players: 2-6 Players
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