You are one of the two most powerful traders in the city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.
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 competitor by buying, exchanging, and selling at better prices, all while keeping an eye on both your camel herds.
Jaipur is a fast-paced card game, a blend of tactics, risk and luck.
On your turn, you can either take or sell cards.
If you take cards, you have to choose between taking all the camels, taking one card from the market, or swapping 2-5 cards between the market and your cards.
If you sell cards, you get to sell only one type of good, and you receive as many chips for that good as the number of cards you sold.
The chips’ values decrease as the game progresses, so you’d better hurry!
On the other hand, you receive increasingly high rewards for selling three, four, or five 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 smartly.
Rules Credit: Marek Kolcun
Take one card of each type from the deck, shuffle them and place them face down. That’s your opponent’s action deck.
Prepare the game as usual, but don’t give the opponent any cards. You start.
Your turn goes as usual.
When it’s the opponent’s turn, flip the topmost card from their action deck and resolve as follows:
- Discard all the cards in the trade row that match the action card’s suite.
- If no matching card is in the trade row, take the topmost matching token and give it to the opponent.
- If there is also no matching token anymore, discard the single most valuable card from the trade row.
In case you should ever discard camels, collect them all instead for endgame scoring.
When you discard 3, 4 or 5 cards from the trade row, immediately give the opponent a corresponding bonus token.
When the action deck runs out, flip the action deck’s discard pile. Don’t shuffle it anymore.
For this variant’s purposes, the value order of the goods is:
- camels (least preferred)
- jewelry (most preferred)
At the scoring phase, the opponent gets all the tokens you did not grab.
Give the camel token to the player with the most camel cards.
The rest of the scoring goes as usual.
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English rules for Jaipur
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