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After we played Splendor with three new gamers, everyone requested it again.
This game was first recommended by Wirecutter staffers, but our experts also told us they liked its balance of luck and intro-level strategy.
Players act as gem merchants, using tokens to purchase gem-mine cards and to attract the attention of nobles later in the game to gain even more points.
Players use cards to claim railroad routes and travel to cities across North America, and gain points by connecting destinations and creating longer routes.
Players can cut each other off, forcing competitors to take longer routes.
“You can take Splendor out of the box and put it in a gallon Ziploc,” said Wirecutter writer Alex Arpaia.
Splendor was a 2014 Spiel des Jahres nominee, and currently it has a 4.7-star rating (out of five) across 1,481 reviews on Amazon and a 7.5 rating (out of 10) across 37,000 votes on Board Game Geek.Once a player is down to two (or fewer) trains after using the other 43 to claim routes, the other players get one more turn and then the game ends.