Draft dice and use the tools-of-the-trade in Sagrada to carefully construct your stained glass window masterpiece.
In more detail, each player builds a stained glass window by building up a grid of dice on their player board. Each board has some restrictions on which color or shade (value) of die can be placed there. Dice of the same shade or color may never be placed next to each other. Dice are drafted in player order, with the start player rotating each round, snaking back around after the last player drafts two dice. Scoring is variable per game based on achieving various patterns and varieties of placement‚¶as well as bonus points for dark shades of a particular hidden goal color.
Special tools can be used to help you break the rules by spending skill tokens; once a tool is used, it then requires more skill tokens for the next player to use them.
The highest scoring window artisan wins!
Players 1 ‚" 4
Play Time: 20 ‚" 40 Min
Suitable for ages 14 & up
I finally gave into temptation and bought myself a copy of Sagrada and it has promptly become one of my favourite games. One of the things that initially drew me towards it is the box design, I love stain glass windows and this was just so pretty. Further investigation online told me that this really was a beautiful looking game both outside and inside the box. Opening it up, you get four stained glass window style boards, one per player and each a different colour which was nice. Each player then gets given two cards and must pick one to slide inside their board, each card is of varying degrees of difficulty, the more dots down the bottom the harder they are to complete.
Each round you get to add two dice to your board, but you need to pay close attention to where they are going. You are restricted by what it printed on your card, and this in turn can affect what dice you place down as you cannot place the same colour or number right next to each other (diagonally is fine), one wrong placement and you will not be able to complete your board. What I like about this, is the board is just there to add a challenge, winning the game doesn't require you to fill your board (in fact, you only loose one point per empty space). The real points come from the public goals and your private goal, these are what you want to aim for, if possible, whilst maintaining the rules of placement.
This is a rather challenging game and because there are so many variables with what the roll of the dice gets you, the cards slotted into your window dictate for placement and the private'public goals, it is one you can play again and again. It is aimed at 14 up, so my three kids did find it a bit of a challenge, but with some help from the adults they were able to play along and enjoyed themselves. I'm glad I finally caved to myself and bought this. I have since added the 5-6 player expansion to the box and this just increases the game. Well worth it and I know we'll be hanging onto this game for quite a while.
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