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Diamonds - a trick-taking card game like no other. Score Diamond Crystals not only when you win hands, but also when you cannot follow suit!

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Diamonds - a trick-taking card game like no other. Score Diamond Crystals not only when you win hands, but also when you cannot follow suit!

In Diamonds, each suit has a different scoring ability, so you need to play cards in each suit differently, moving Diamond Crystals from the Supply to your Reserve and into your secure Vault. Be sure to make the most out of your Diamond cards, as these get Diamond Crystals locked into your Vault fastest!

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Diamonds 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 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.

The deck in Diamonds consists of sixty cards, numbered 1-15 in the standard suits. Each round, players start with a hand of ten cards. One player leads a card, and everyone else must play one card, following suit if possible. As you play a card, if you cannot follow suit, you immediately get a Suit Action in the suit you did play. The player who played the highest card in the suit that was led wins the trick, and also gets a Suit Action.

The player who won the trick leads a card to start the next trick. After a full Round of ten tricks, whoever has taken the most cards in each suit once again gets a Suit Action. If a player has taken no tricks, that player gets two Diamonds Suit Actions. Players then start a new round.

Diamonds really are your best friend, as the player with the most points in Diamond Crystals at the end of the game is the winner!

Contents: 60 cards in 4 suits numbered 1 to 15, 110 small (1-point) Diamond Crystals, 25 large (5-point) Diamond Crystals, 6 Vaults, 6 Player Aid cards, rules.

Features

Number of Players 2 to 6
Playing Time 20 to 30 minutes
Suggested Ages 8 and up
Mechanics trick
Designer Fitzgerald, Mike
Illustrator William Bricker
Publisher Stronghold Games
Year Published 2014
Binding Box
Condition New

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