Manufacturer: Stronghold Games
is a trick-taking card game in which players collect Diamonds - not cards bearing that suit, mind you, but rather actual "Diamond Crystals" (acrylic crystals) included in the game.
What makes the game of Diamonds
different from other trick-taking card games is that when you cannot follow suit you get a "Suit Action"based on what suit you do play. Suit Actions are also taken by the winner of each trick, as well as at the end of a full Round of play. Suit Actions will enable players to take Diamond Crystals from the Supply, moving them to their Showroom (where they may score 1 point) or to their Vault (where they will score 2 points). The Vault is a secure area, but the Showroom is vulnerable to theft by the other players.
Whoever has the most points in Diamond Crystals at the end of the game wins!Contents:
60 Redesigned Playing Cards
6 Redesigned Player Aid Cards
1 Thief Token
110 Clear Acrylic Diamonds
25 Red Acrylic Diamonds
Game Length: 30 minutes
Great price, great trick taking game, good with all types of gamer.
This is a must have if you like trick taking card games. Instead of having a trump suit, every suit has a unique action that happens when you play a card. You still want to win tricks though, because you gain the lead suit's action again. Also if you have majority in a suit at the end of a round, you gain those suits' actions again. Most points from collected gems wins. The addition of the thief variant for the Clubs action in this edition is a huge improvement.
I have played this with gamers as well as with my in-laws, and it's gone over well in both contexts.