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Description

Introduced by the Moors, azulejos (originally white and blue ceramic tiles) were fully embraced by the Portuguese when their king Manuel I, on a visit to the Alhambra palace in Southern Spain, was mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the Moorish decorative tiles. The king, awestruck by the interior beauty of the Alhambra, immediately ordered that his own palace in Portugal be decorated with similar wall tiles. As a tile-laying artist, you have been challenged to embellish the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora. 

 In the game Azul, players take turns drafting colored tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they've placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player's score. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.

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Azul - Victory Points
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Azul - Victory Points

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Through the Years With The Spiel des Jahres Award 2018
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September 29, 2018 9:48 PM
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Through the Years With The Spiel des Jahres Award 2018

Through the Years With The Spiel des Jahres Award 2018

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Chris and Brandon actually conclude the Spiel des Jahres discussion with a look at this year's Kennerspiel and Spiel des Jahres Nominees.

 

Chris and Brandon actually conclude the Spiel des Jahres discussion with a look at this year's Kennerspiel and Spiel des Jahres Nominees.

 
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December 9, 2018 10:13 AM
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Azul | 12 Games of Christmas 2018

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Review: Azul
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Review: Azul

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While the presentation of an abstract game is important, game play is it’s bread and butter. If this area of a game is lackluster, the rest of the package falls apart. This is the linchpin that holds it all together.

While the presentation of an abstract game is important, game play is it’s bread and butter. If this area of a game is lackluster, the rest of the package falls apart. This is the linchpin that holds it all together.

Azul Review
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A Pawn's Perspective
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November 20, 2018 8:59 PM
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Azul Review

Azul Review

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King Manuel I of Portugal has been inspired by the Moorish tiles of the Alhambra palace in Spain and has decided to decorate the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora in a similar fashion.

King Manuel I of Portugal has been inspired by the Moorish tiles of the Alhambra palace in Spain and has decided to decorate the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora in a similar fashion.

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November 25, 2018 5:30 PM
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Azul in about 3 minutes

Azul in about 3 minutes

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Azul Sintra vs Azul!

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The ABC’s Of Azul - #DADDBG

The ABC’s Of Azul - #DADDBG

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Two-Player Tuesday #2: How to Play Azul!

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Azul board game review

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Azul Review – Tile Your Way to Victory

Azul Review – Tile Your Way to Victory

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Originally blue and white, but later produced in many bright and vibrant colors, azulejo tiles have been around for a very long time. The beginning of these functional works of art dates back to the 13th century.

Originally blue and white, but later produced in many bright and vibrant colors, azulejo tiles have been around for a very long time. The beginning of these functional works of art dates back to the 13th century.

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The first thing you’re likely to notice about Azul is its beauty, and that is what the publisher intends. But Azul is more than just a pretty face. Inside this box are hidden depths.  Azul is an abstract game for two to four players.

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#230 – Azul

#230 – Azul

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In Azul, we are tile-laying artists (sort of like sandwich artists, I assume) tasked with fancying up the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora. There’s a pattern and an order to things, and we’ll do much better if we build our tile wall in a smart and sustainable way.

In Azul, we are tile-laying artists (sort of like sandwich artists, I assume) tasked with fancying up the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora. There’s a pattern and an order to things, and we’ll do much better if we build our tile wall in a smart and sustainable way.

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Azul (2017)

Azul (2017)

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I’ve often spoken on this blog about the joy of tactility – that simply touching and handling lovely components is a substantial part of the fun of board gaming.   A hand of cards feels good to hold.  Dice feel nice to roll – lots of dice feel even nicer.
I’ve often spoken on this blog about the joy of tactility – that simply touching and handling lovely components is a substantial part of the fun of board gaming.   A hand of cards feels good to hold.  Dice feel nice to roll – lots of dice feel even nicer.
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Azul (2017) – Accessibility Teardown

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