Each craftsman and businessperson contributes to the city in their own way; it’s up to you put them to the best use. Starting with a deck of basic cards, you construct buildings to add more workers—and possibilities—to your deck while competing with your friends to finish projects and become a master builder.
Build Your Deck, Construct the City
Combining the addictive progression of a deckbuilder with the deep strategy of resource management, Valletta presents an innovative blend of styles. With so many projects to complete and important officials on hand, the city’s construction creates a golden opportunity for enterprising builders to make their mark and improve their standing. But you must start at the bottom if you’re going to make your way to the top.
Most importantly, constructing new buildings also adds more cards to your deck, which gives you more flexibility and economy in each subsequent turn. Add green character cards such as the Banker to take multiple goods each time you play them, or blue characters like the Artisan to unlock powerful special abilities.
Plan Your Moves
As each new building goes up, space for new construction becomes increasingly scarce. It’s imperative that you generate resources efficiently to claim as many spaces as possible. No matter how useful the cards in your deck are, they won’t live up to their potential if they’re not played effectively.
On their turn, a player chooses three of the five cards to play from their hand. Cards are resolved in the order that they’re played, opening the possibility for all sorts of creative configurations. Use your first two cards to gather the resources you need to construct a building with the third. Or play the Builder to construct a building, then copy his ability with your Apprentice to immediately upgrade that building to generate more victory points.
On the Clock
Every building that goes up and every point scored brings the game one step closer to the end. With limited time and space, as well as multiple construction projects happening all over the city, it’s important that your work be recognized.
Fortunately, Jean Parisot de Valette himself is ever-present, examining the magnificent bastions and beautiful baroque buildings being constructed. If he happens to be in the area when you construct a building, you receive two bonus points. Play his card to advance him up the street and plan your construction projects while he’s near to gain a critical advantage over your opponents.
Be careful how often you use Jean Parisot de Valette. The final phase of the game begins once he reaches the end of the street. This sets off a flurry of activity as players put their final plans in motion!
Opportunity is in Your Grasp
Everywhere you look, new buildings go up, each one grander than the last. Workers toil on every corner to produce the resources that will become a part of this mighty city. Amidst all the chaos lies opportunity for cunning builders to make a name for themselves.
Seize the moment and become a part of history in Valletta, arriving soon!