Monday, February 21, 2022

#79: Diamant / Incan Gold (Mark's Top 100 2022)

Diamant / Incan Gold

  • rank: 762
  • rating: 6.8
  • published: 2005
Print Status
  • in print
Why It's On The List
  • A push-your-luck game that (a) works with up to 8 players, and (b) has an incredibly high number of "should I go for it!?"moments in light of its short [15-20 minutes] playing time. I've played Diamant with gamers, elementary school kids, Bible study groups... and even with a group of groomsman at a wedding rehearsal - and each time has been a success.
Tips & Tricks:
    • It works with 4-8 players, but it really shines with 6-8.
    • You must adjust your tactical decisions based on the number of players - money is much more plentiful in games with less players.
    • Incan Gold is the revamping of this game - and will work just fine - but I don't like the production quality nearly as much. (Granted, Diamant - the German edition of this game - was price-y for what you got in the box.) The little cardboard crates are better than the tents - and dropping meeples is much cleaner than choosing cards.
    • I do, however, like the addition of artifact cards to Incan Gold.
    • The most recent edition (now back to the original Diamant name) has the higher component quality of the original. (At least that's what I can figure out from poking about the internet.)
    • This is the first of two games on this list designed by Alan Moon. (Well, co-designed.)

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