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Valletta is a strategic deck building game of city building. When you construct buildings by paying their depicted cost you take the building's resident to directly to your hand.

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Valletta is a strategic deck building game of city building. When you construct buildings by paying their depicted cost you take the building's resident to directly to your hand.

The year is 1566. The Order of Malta has placed the first stone of what will become the city of Valletta. The sound of masons and carpenters hard at work mingles with the din of merchants peddling their wares in the marketplace. In Valletta, players enlist the aid of these builders, craftsmen, and businesspeople to construct the future capital of Malta. Gather raw materials from lumberjacks, stonecutters, merchants, and others and then hire builders to convert these resources into the capital's magnificent bastions and baroque buildings. Complete building projects to score points and gain new cards to use in future turns. Hire the help you need, manage your resources, and leave your mark on the city!

Craftsmen and merchants aren’t the only people you’ll meet as your projects progress. Jean Parisot de Valette, the man who commissioned the construction of Valletta, also patrols the streets as building inspector. If he stops at one of your sites, you can fire workers by discarding them from your hand or hire new ones by drawing cards from the supply. The game reaches its final phases when de Valette reaches the end of his patrol, so make sure to wrap up your projects quickly! Ingratiate yourself with the elite and call upon additional historical figures to help you score points. Architect Francesco Laparelli can convert excess goods to points, while Emperor Charles V scores you one point for each blue building you’ve constructed. Wait for the perfect time to play these cards, maximize your points, and become the greatest builder Valletta has ever seen!

Game Play

Each player begins the game with the same set of these 8 Character cards. These cards allow you to perform the necessary basic actions in the game. Most of the other Character cards acquired during the game allow you to perform more powerful actions; however, they are all based on the basic set of actions.

On your turn:

  1. Play three cards, one at a time, to your player board performing their actions. When you play the Builder to construct a building, you'll acquire its resident character directly to your hand. 
  2. Keeping the cards still in your hand, draw back up to 5 cards.

Where you build matters:

  • Save on construction costs by building orthoganally adjacent to one or more of your buildings.
  • Receive a bonus of 2 victory points when you build in the same area as Jean Parisot de Valette.

When a player moves his figure or Jean Parisot de Valette to the last Street space or builds his last (8th) house, he triggers the final phase after completing his turn and drawing up. Players each shuffle their draw and discard stacks together to form new draw piles. Play continues as usual until all players have exhausted their draw stacks.

Contents: 1 street board, 37 building cards, 73 character cards, 4 player boards, 32 houses (8 each in 4 player colors), 4 Player figures (1 each in 4 player colors), 1 Jean Parisot de Valette figure, 42 coins, 25 barrel tokens, 4 25/50 tokens, 4 75/100 tokens, 30 wood, 30 stones, 30 bricks, rules.

Features

Number of Players 2 to 4
Playing Time 20 minutes per player
Suggested Ages 14 and up
Demo Available Yes
Mechanics deck building, city building, Malta, medieval, Valletta
Designer Dorra, Stefan
Illustrator Klemens Franz
Publisher Z-Man Games
Year Published 2017
Binding Box
Condition New

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