Jaipur: A Two-Player Game

Jaipur: A Two-Player Game // Savvy Game Night

Clearly, Dan and I go through phases with our two-player games. Last fall, we couldn’t get enough of Lost Cities. This spring, our go-to two-player game was Morels. And this summer, we’re all about the newest addition to our collection: Jaipur.

Jaipur Set-Up // Savvy Game Nigth

The game is simple enough: on your turn, you can either collect more goods or sell some of the goods from your collection. The person with the most money at the end is the winner. Typically, the game is played in three rounds. If we’re really short on time or energy, we might just play one round. If we have a half hour or so, we’ll do all three. There’s enough going on in the game that it doesn’t feel repetitive, even if we play it multiple times per week, but it is also simple enough for nights when we don’t want to exert a bunch of brainpower to strategize our gameplay.

If you’re looking for a great two-player game that doesn’t require much strategy, I recommend Jaipur.

Jaipur Tokens // Savvy Game Night

Mechanism:

Each player is a merchant looking to earn two Seals of Excellence before their competitor. There are five cards available in the playing area at all times. On your turn, you may:

1. Take one good from the play area, which is replaced from the Draw pile.

2. Take multiple goods from the play area, and replace them with your own goods or camels.

3. Take all the camels in the play area (so you have free cards available to replace goods when you later opt for #2).

4. Sell one type of good for monetary tokens. Some goods (like rubies) are worth more than others, and there are bonuses for selling 3, 4 or 5 of any type of good at a time.

The round is over when 3 types of goods have no more tokens or the Draw pile is out. Whoever has the most points on their tokens wins the round, and earns a Seal of Excellence. Typically, the game ends up being 2-3 rounds.

Number of Players:

Two only.

Set Up Time:

5-10 minutes.

Play Time for New Players:

10-15 minutes per round. 40-45 minutes total if you play all three.

Play Time for Experienced Players:

10-15 minutes per round. 40-45 minutes total if you play all three.

Age Range:

8+

Overall Rating for Jaipur: 9 out of 10 stars.

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Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity | Savvy Game Night

I’m spending 44 hours in New York City this week, catching up with some friends from high school. It’s been far too long since I’ve seen either of them, and I’m looking forward to hitting up a Broadway show, exploring the city and chatting late into the night.

These are the friends that I used to hang out with nearly every night the summer after our senior year of high school. And more often than not, we’d play games like Cranium and Apples to Apples until the early hours of the morning. Then we’d head home to sleep, work, get ready for college or do other summery things, and we’d be back for another round of games by evening.

Cards Against Humanity Questions | Savvy Game Night

Cards Against Humanity is like the grown-up version of Apples to Apples. If it had existed in 2005, we probably would have played it in place of the more “family-friendly” games we were playing. As it is, I wish I had room for the game in my suitcase for this mini-vacation – playing with them would have brought up so many nostalgic feelings!

Cards Against Humanity Answers

While I usually recommend getting all your board games from your local game store if you have one nearby, Cards Against Humanity is going to have to be the one exception. They don’t distribute the game anywhere but online for now (rumor has it that this is changing soon).

And if you don’t want to pay for the game? You don’t have to! The cards are available as a free PDF to download and print on the game’s website. The cards will be smaller and square, and possibly more difficult to play with, but it will save you some money if you don’t want to purchase the game (though $25 isn’t a bad price point to begin with!).

 

Cards Against Humanity Sample

 

Mechanism:

One player is the “judge.” They flip over a black card and read it aloud. Each other player must choose one white card from their hand that they think will best fill in the blank or answer the question on the black card, and submit it facedown. The judge shuffles the submissions, and reads them aloud before choosing their favorite. Whoever submitted the winning white card receives the black card as a “point.” The role of judge passes to the player on the left.

Number of Players:

3+. You can really play with any number of players, but we’ve found that the game works best with 4 -8ish.

Set-Up Time:

None. Shuffle and deal!

Play Time for New Players:

You can play for as little or as long as you’d like.

Play Time for Experienced Players:

Same as for new players.

Age Range:

17+

Overall Rating for Cards Against Humanity: 10 out of 10.

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