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Tomello Visello
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Players begin with a hand of four Treasure cards and take an additional card from a random draw deck on each turn. Treasure cards belong to seven different suits and the number of cards in a suit is varied. Players obtain scores for laying down multiple cards within a suit. Higher scores are given for larger counts and the scoring curve is related to scarcity of the suit. An important nuance is that for laying down two small sets of the same suit, perhaps on different turns, the sets are scored individually rather than as a combined count.

The draw deck also contains two other types of cards besides Treasure cards. Drawing a Thief card allows the player to steal one card from another’s hand. Drawing a Sandstorm card causes all players to lose half their hand cards. Sandstorms are plentiful, thus a key source of tension appears to be deciding whether to lay down cards for scoring now or wait to increase the set.

Beyond the draw deck there are two other sources for obtaining cards. One is that three groups of Treasure cards, of different counts, are set aside face down at the beginning of the game. An entire group can be purchased by giving up one or more Treasure cards from a suit that has a dual role. As a trade-off for this special power, this particular suit does not have an increased scoring curve like the others if it is instead laid down for normal scoring.

The second additional source for cards is a Marketplace that has cards available for trading on a player’s turn. Each Treasure card displays a number to indicate its trade value, which then can be used to calculate allowable trades of one or more cards. Five cards are placed face up at the beginning of the game as the initial Marketplace and Treasure cards lost in a Sandstorm also become part of it.


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Phil Walker-Harding
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Very succinct description, thanks Tom!

 
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Tomello Visello
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a purposeful effort with precisely that outcome in mind.
 
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I will use this to teach.
 
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That's great. It got written becuase I was trying to organize my own thoughts about how to tell others.
 
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