| 2 Players | 30 minutes | Age 12+ |
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan. You are one of the two most powerful traders in the city! But that’s not enough for you, because only the merchant with two Seals of Excellence will have the privilege of being invited to the Maharaja’s court. You are therefore going to have to do better than your direct competitor by buying, exchanging, and selling at better prices, all while keeping an eye on both your camel herds.
When it’s your turn, you can either take or sell cards.
If you take cards, you have to choose between taking all the camels, taking 1 card from the market or swapping 2 to 5 cards between the market and your cards.
If you sell cards, you get to sell only one type of good per turn, and you get as many chips from that good as you sold cards. The chips’ values decrease as the game progresses, so you’d better hurry! But, on the other hand, you get increasingly high rewards for selling 3, 4, or 5 cards of the same good at a time, so you’d better wait!
You can’t sell camels, but they’re paramount for trading and they’re also worth a little something at the end of the round, enough sometimes to secure the win, so you have to use them wisely.
Jaipur is a fast-paced card game, with a blend of tactics, risk and luck. I really enjoy economic and set collecting games and Jaipur gives you all of that. I do find it a bit difficult to get this game to the table as 2 player games aren’t all that accessible in groups. That being said anytime I can play this, I will. This is a really good intro game for kids as the mechanics are easy and the art is visually pleasing. I taught my 13 year old nephew this game in two minutes and he really enjoys this one, mostly because he has beat me in it before.