Cozy up for Valentine's Day with Asmodee Canada (Review & Giveaway)

This Valentine's Day is looking a little different this year with us all still being in a pandemic and still staying home. With so many restaurants, movie theatres, and other places being closed for indoor service, how do you plan on spending it? It's time to think of something to do for a creative, fun and, cozy night in. Whether you will be hosting a Galentine's celebration with your roommate, a romantic night in with your significant other, or a fun family game day, Asmodee Canada is bound to add some excitement to your plans!  

Asmodee Canada has tons of great games for you to choose from that may just be what you need to help make your Valentine's Day more fun while still being at home. They offer games that range from just two players to some of the games going up to 6 to 8 players. So you can have a romantic one on one game night with your significant other or a fun-filled family game night. The choice is yours.

We were sent two games for the hubby and me to play together as an activity for us to enjoy on Valentine's Day and we love them both. We received Jaipur, a two-merchant trade game, and Splendor, a competitive, fast-paced 2-4 person game. 



In the game Jaipur, you are one of the two most powerful traders in the city of Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, but that’s not enough for you because only the merchant with two “seals of excellence” will have the privilege of being invited to the Maharaja’s court. You are therefore going to have to do better than your direct competitor by buying, exchanging, and selling at better prices, all while keeping an eye on both your camel herds.

Jaipur was such a fun quick-paced game to play with the hubby. The object of the game is to gain more riches than your opponent. In the game, you are collecting cards to sell for goods. When you sell a card you gain one good per card you sell. The goods are worth the numerical value that it states on them. If you sell three or more cards you take the corresponding bonus token that is worth a secret amount. 

On each player's turn, you can either take or sell cards. If you take cards, you have to choose between taking all the camels, taking one card from the market, or swapping 2-5 cards between the market and your cards. At the end of the round, each player counts their goods and the player with the most takes a Seal of Excellence. The first player to receive two Seal of Excellence wins. 

This was such a fun game that had us both on our toes with excitement about who was going to win. I have to admit, the hubby one the first time and I can't wait to play again on Valentine's Day to see if I can win this time.  Jaipur is a two-player game recommended for ages 10+ and retails for $29.99.



Splendor is a fast, elegant, and intuitive game where players compete to build Renaissance Europe’s most lucrative and prestigious jewelry business. You begin by collecting raw gems and use those to fund the development of mines throughout the world. Once you’ve mined more gemstones, you must acquire the means to transport them, artisans to shape them, and finally a storefront where you can sell your polished jewels. The player whose business earns the most prestige wins. 

To start playing Splendor you have tokens, the deck of cards, and the noble tiles. The tokens each represent a jewel type, there white for diamonds, green for emeralds, red for rubies, blu for sapphire, and black for onyx and the yellow token is called the joker. Next are the cards, which are divided into three colours, each representing how expensive they are, green is very cheap, yellow is affordable, and blue is expensive. In Splendor the object is to gain the tokens to buy the cards in order to get points to win the game.  

We played Splendor with our two teens and it was so much fun. My oldest won and we are all going to have a rematch on Family Day.  Splendor is a 30 minute game for 2 to 4 players 10+ and retails for $44.99.

Asmodee Canada carries a wide variety of board/card games for the entire family to enjoy. Here are a few other games that would be great to play with whoever you're spending Valentine's Day with:

Carcassonne: Carcassonne is the perfect introduction to the modern world of board games. With its simple rules (place a tile, place a meeple, score points), beautifully illustrated tiles, and iconic components, this modern classic should be part of everyone’s collection.
2-5 Players | 35 Minutes | Ages 7+

Catan: Embark on a quest to settle the isle of Catan. Guide your settlers to victory by clever trading and cunning development. Use resource combinations to buy handy development cards and build roads, settlements, and cities. Acquire your resources through trades, cards, or lucky dice. 
3-4 Players | 45-90 Minutes | Ages 10+ 

Patchwork: Patchwork is a light, two-player board game where players are each attempting to piece together a quilt using oddly shaped, tetris-like tiles. 
2 Players  | 30 Minutes | Ages 8+


GIVEAWAY
We've teamed up with our friends at Asmodee Canada to give one lucky reader a chance at winning either Jaipur or Splendor, the choice is yours. Comment below sharing which game you would pick! For more information about the games mentioned and many others, head to Asmodee Canada.


Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned products at no cost for the purpose of this post. No other compensation was received.

29 comments:

  1. I don't own either game, I don't like to choose between games because they all have their merits, but thank you so much for doing this giveaway, helping spread the love of tabletop gaming. I do a lot of board game giveaways; I like to help the company's get their name and product known, and I also enjoy occasionally winning some random game (I typically only get new games either through trades/swaps or giveaways, so the hobby doesn't financially clean me out). For years now I'm just taken aback by the overwhelming generosity of the gaming community as a whole.

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  2. Both games seem like a lot of fun,but I think i would lean towards Splendor.

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  3. I would pick Splendor because it can be played with more players. They both look fun. We really enjoy Carcassonne and have many expansions to make it even better.

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  4. I would pick Splendor Both of the games look like a lot of fun

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  5. I think my granddaughter would love Jaipur as she would enjoy being a trader of goods.

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  6. I would love Jaipur, never played either and they both sound great

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  7. I would enjoy Splendor - looks like fun.

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  8. I would love to try the Splendor game.

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  9. We'd love to try either but Splendour looks fun!

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  10. I'd like Splendor to play with my wife and daughter!

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  11. I think they both sound good but I would choose Splendor

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  12. Splendor sounds perfect for my family. I know my tween would enjoy it very much.

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  13. I would probably pick Jaipur although they both sound good to me!

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  14. I'd like Jaipur:)Great review!

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  15. I would pick Jaipur.

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  16. I would like Splendor

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  17. Tough choice! Splendor sounds like it would be lots of fun - who doesn't love to deal with bling . Thanks for the chance

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  18. I think my family and I would love playing Splendor

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  19. We love playing games on holidays.

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  20. I would choose Splendor, I love the theme and the artwork is beautiful.

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