Game of the Month at Games World07 Nov 2018
The Spiel Des Jahres 2018 award winner Azul, is the Game of the Month for November. The Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year), the most prestigious award for board and card games is awarded annually by a jury of German game critics.
Introduced by the Moors, azulejos (originally white and blue ceramic tiles) were fully embraced by the Portuguese when their king, Manuel I, on a visit to the Alhambra palace in Southern Spain, was mesmerised by the stunning beauty of the Moorish decorative tiles. The king, awestruck by the interior beauty of the Alhambra, immediately ordered that his own palace in Portugal be decorated with similar wall tiles. As a tile-laying artist, you have been challenged to embellish the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora.
In the game Azul, players take turns drafting coloured tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they've placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player's score. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Designer: Michael Kiesling
Age: 8+ | Players: 2 - 4 | Duration: 30 - 45 minutes
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