OBJECTIVE OF ARTSEE: The objective of Artsee is to be the player with the most prestigious gallery!
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 5 Players
MATERIALS: 65 Prestige tokens, 45 Visitor Pawns, 20 Masterpiece Tokens, 48 Main Exhibit Cards, 32 Starting Exhibit Cards, and Instructions
TYPE OF GAME: Drafting Card Game
AUDIENCE: Ages 12 and Up
OVERVIEW OF ARTSEE
Artsee is perfect for those artsy players! If you think you have an eye for what’s in style, then this is the one for you! Players, acting as curators of a variety of galleries, must ensure that they provide the ideal experience for their guests. As they build their prestige, the players are able to display more prominent works of art, attracting even more people to their gallery!
To begin setup, divide the exhibit cards into their own two decks, dividing them by their borders. Each deck should be shuffled on their own. From the deck with black borders, each player should be dealt two cards, forming their gallery. These cards will be placed in front of the player they are dealt to face up. From the same, each player is dealt three cards that they should keep hidden from their competitors. This deck can be returned to the box.
The deck with the black border is then shuffled and divided into two draw piles, facing down. Each of them is placed in the middle of the table. The masterpiece tokens are divided by category, ensuring that they are arranged by their numerical value. Place the prestige tokens to one side of the area, forming the general supply.
Each player should be given a number of visitor pawns. The number of pawns depends on the number of players in the game. Two players get five visitors, three players get seven visitors, four players get eight visitors, and five players get nine visitors. The player who has seen the most famous art piece will go first! The game is then ready to begin!
The game is played over the course of a number of turns, beginning with the first player and continuing clockwise around the group. During their turn, a player will play a card, welcome visitors, earn prestige points, claim a masterpiece, and draw a card. Once they have completed their turn, the next player will take theirs.
When playing a card, the player will choose a card from their hand to place in their gallery. They may play it to an already existing column, or they may create a new column. Next, the players will compare their cards, and if a player has an exhibit card that matches in featured categories, then they may place a visitor on the card. The player will then earn prestige points by tallying visitors and counting art pieces that match in the featured category.
The player may claim a masterpiece once they have tallied their prestige. If a player reaches the claim requirement, the prestige value, and the featured category, then they are able to collect the masterpiece. The masterpiece must be placed in an empty place in the player’s gallery immediately after collecting it. After placing the masterpiece, the player will draw a card, and their turn will come to an end.
The game will continue in this manner until any of the end game conditions are met!
END OF GAME
The game comes to an end once the draw piles are exhausted and all of the players’ hands are empty. During the final scoring, the players will earn the prestige points equal to that on the masterpieces found in their gallery. They will also be awarded additional prestige points for the number of masterpieces that they have. If they have one, they earn one, if they have two, they earn three, if they have three, they earn six, and if they have four, they earn ten.
The players will then tally their prestige points. The player with the most prestige points, wins the game!