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Faux Diamonds

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Number of Players 2-6
Playtime 20-60 Min
Suggested Ages 8+
Designer(s) Mike Fitzgerald
Publisher Eagle-Gryphon Games

Faux Diamonds is a 4-suit trick-taking game where players sell their cards (diamonds) on value tracks that change after each sale. After a series of hands, the winner is the player who has gained the most wealth.

You will have tough choices to make in Faux Diamonds. Will you sell high by winning the trick? Or, if you don’t have any of the led suit, which alternative market gives you the best odds of profit? Be careful, your opponents can also play Faux Diamonds at any time, and this will cause fluctuations in the market!

The deck in Faux Diamonds is made up of sixty cards, numbered 1-13 in 4 different suits as well as 8 faux diamond cards. In each round, the players start with a hand of ten cards. Each player will pick one card to keep facedown as their end of round diamond sale. One player leads a card, and everyone else must then play one card, following suit if possible. As you play a card, if you cannot follow suit, you will immediately get to sell a diamond in the suit you did play. The person who played the highest card in the suit that was led wins the trick, and also gets to sell a diamond.

The player who won the trick leads a card to begin the next trick. After a full Round of nine tricks, each player then sells their end of round diamond. Players then begin a new round.

The player who has accumulated the most wealth at the end of the game wins!

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