Splendor Gameplay Review – Boardgame.new()

Mary the KnittingDev is building a great gem empire in the game Splendor! Join her as she explains this 2-4 player gem based card drafting game. A great light weight board game to play with friends and family.

Splendor is a game that had to fight for my attention. When my board gaming group first set this game down on the table, it looked like it had all the right elements of a great game. It had enough random-ness to keep the game interesting, strategy that most the table enjoyed, even nice artwork and pieces made of good materials. I just didn’t get it.

Part of my disconnect with the game stemmed from me trying to over complicate the strategy. I’d buy development cards for their points, but often found myself gem poor. I didn’t even bother to think about Noble cards because I thought that was “advanced” strategy and that the game could be won by development cards alone.

When the iPhone version of Splendor came out, I realized how wrong I was. The phone application provided me the ability to play game after game, without the stress of losing/setup/etc. If I lost a game, then I could tell myself the computer cheated and move on. (For the record, I know the computer doesn’t cheat…leave my coping mechanisms out of this)

Eventually I saw the patterns that worked well and was able to incorporate them into my personal strategy. I became a better player, and through understanding the game more I learned to love it. If it wasn’t so loved by my board gaming group, I probably wouldn’t have put in the effort. In the end, I’m glad I did.

What games snuck their way into your heart? As always, I’d love to hear your stories and any questions you have for me in the comments.


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Mary the KnittingDev hosts a series called BoardGame.new() where she reviews board games as well as talks latest board game news. Sometimes you can catch her livestreaming live coding sessions on twitch.tv. When she's not programming (which is rare these days), you can usually find her playing board games with friends, knitting needles in hand. Mary aspires is to bring the love of gaming and programming to everyone, and we'd love for you to join her on this adventure!