In LLAMA, you want to dump cards from your hand as quickly as you can, but you might not be able to play what you want, so do you quit and freeze your hand or draw and hope to keep playing?
Each player starts a round with six cards in hand; the deck consists of llama cards and cards numbered 1-6, with eight copies of each. On a turn, the active player can play a card, draw a card, or quit. To play a card, you must play the same number as the top card of the discard pile or one number higher. If a 6 is on the discard pile, you can play a 6 or a llama, and if a llama is on top, you can play another llama or a 1. If you quit, you place your remaining cards face down and take no further actions in the round.
The round ends when one player empties their hand or all players have quit. In either case, players collect tokens based on the cards in their hand. Each different number card in hand gets you white tokens (each worth 1 point) equal to the value of the card while one or more llamas gets you a black token (worth 10 points). (You can exchange ten white tokens for one black token at any time.) If you played all your cards, you can return one token (white or black) that you previously collected to the supply. You then shuffle all the cards and begin a new round.
The game ends the round that at least one player has forty or more total points. Whoever has the fewest points wins!
LLAMA (or LAMA depending on where you live) was nominated for the 2019 Spiel Des Jahres, of which the judges said: "Designer Reiner Knizia has cleverly distilled the principles of card-laying games to their very essence. What appears at first to be something of a trivial exercise unfolds through the minimalist scoring to reveal an enthralling game that you just can’t pull yourself away from. The game creates an emotional response in players of all age groups and consistently delivers a fun playing experience. It’s this quality that gives Lama its potential to become a classic."
L.A.M.A. Party Edition differs from the original L.A.M.A. in three ways:
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