I have to admit there aren’t too many boardgames that Phil brings up that I’ve never even heard of, but Jaipur is one of them. This made for a rather pleasant surprise as this episode was an introduction to a game I knew nothing about. A trading game that takes a little bit of play to get the hang of, but whose rules are simple and intuitive once they click, Jaipur brings a lot to the table!
This episode of Table for Two features a good introduction to the rules, shows the system early on, and then features a good game between our favorite gamer couple. Ready for buying, selling, and the power of special camels? Yup, this is your game then!
You can find your own copy of Jaipur here on Amazon.
Time to get down for some trading and this Jaipur playthrough will help show you how.
At you’ve probably already heard, Jaipur is a set collection market/resource game. You want to collect as many resources as you can but there is a limited amount available so you need to be able to carefully measure when to buy, when to sell, and how to manipulate the markets in such a way that you get the best possible deal while leaving only bad deals for your opponent.
There’s a lot to pick up here at first, but it’s a game that offers some great opportunities for competing with one another especially with a “best 2 out of 3” round system that allows you to bounce back from a bad round with a good one to follow.
This trading game combines cards and tokens and while it can take a bit to figure out the optimal way to play within the rules, there’s a lot of fun to be had here.
What Phil & Heather Think
Phil liked this game right away, while it took Heather a little bit of time to warm up to the game. Once they played a few games and through a few speed bumps both of them ended up liking a game that plays very differently based on what cards come up with each and every playthrough.
Collect as many resources as you can but there are only so many other resource tokens on the side. Tokens are worth varying points. Understanding when to sell, how many to sell, and how to manipulate the markets. Rules weren’t clicking at first, and then once they did Heather won by 1 pt and she really enjoyed it but it took time to figure it out.Phil
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Proud to embrace the locally created moniker of “Corrupt Overlord” from one of the all time great Lords of Waterdeep runs, Shane is one member of the Assorted Meeples crew and will be hard at work creating awesome content for the website. He is a long-time player of board games, one time semi-professional poker player, and tends to run to the quirky or RPG side of things when it comes to playing video games. He loves tabletop roleplaying systems like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Werewolf, Fate, and others, and not only has been a player but has run games as DM for years. You can find his other work in publications like Level Skip or Hobby Lark.