Rio Grande Games Taj Mahal
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- 3 to 5 player game
- 1 hour to play
- Archeological theme
- Strategy game
- Political struggle
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Control of India at the beginning 18th century is up for grabs. The 200 year-long rule of the Grand Moguls has collapsed. Now is the time for the most powerful Maharishis and princes to take control of the Indian subcontinent. The players use strategy and cunning to win influence over India, province by province and city by city. The most successful player (and the winner) is the one who establishes the most magnificent palaces and has the most power in the end.
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This game's setting is during this time, after the Taj Mahal is built. You must compete with 2-4 other players (3-5 total) across 12 regions of India. The last territory that you visit is home of the Taj Mahal, Agra. The game is totally dependent on cards, which makes it one of most balanced and fair games I've played (on par with Puerto Rico, another Rio Grande game).
The game works as you bid and bluff against your rivals, as there are basically 5 different "resources" I will call them. These are not truly resources but more a source to earn points, place palaces, and hold the special cards. The game is really well balanced, so if you find yourself short on cards, or short on good cards from over-bidding the last round, you can go out early and earn more (and better) cards.
The game has elements that make even the most strategic players wishing they had thought of something else. There are 4 "special" cards that when played, go right back in your hand. These cards are truly powerful, and should not be overlooked. While players will often fight for a certain "special" card, other players could be seeking an alternate way to gather points.
I have yet to see a game where 1 player completely dominates the other players. Most games are pretty close by the end of the game. The first time you try to play will likely take 3 hours or so since you will be reading the rules and procedure before play (and possibly looking back at the rules when you are unsure how to proceed), but after the first game it could drop to about an hour for a 4 player game.
Right after playing for the first time, my friend said he was also going to purchase it just to have it.
Just buy it.
Little hard to learn and I find some video on youtube.
Need patient to play with it. Good for family.