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Asara - Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzle

asara Strategic architect Board Game Made by Ravensburger Games # 265329 asara

Title:    Asara
Pieces: 0
Manufacturer: Ravensburger

Asara is a strategic board game for 2-4 players ages 9+, who assume the roles of famous architects. Players compete to build the highest, grandest and largest number of towers over four rounds of play. Each step of the way, the architects must keep their sights set on their work as they overcome obstacles and competitive forces and strive to gain prestige points for their building achievements. The player who earns the most prestige wins. A nominee for the 2011 German "Game of the Year" Award from "Spiel des Jahres e.V.", Asara was created by celebrated, award-winning game developer Wolfgang Kramer.

Become the Most Famous Architect in the Land
In Asara, the Land of the 1000 Towers, players take on the roles of rich building magnates - Timanis, Mirar, Leiard, and Faraiel - who compete against one another to become the most acclaimed builder in the land. Competitors must dispatch their buyers to the four marketplace areas on the octagon-shaped game board to purchase each of the needed tower sections - base, trunk, window, and turret - in five different material grades represented by various colors. As players build their towers, they earn prestige points, which are awarded after each round. Additional points can be earned with the purchase of extra tower decorations such as gold medallions. These purchases are made using "Asari", the game's currency.

Encourages Strategic Thinking and Focus
Asara keeps players on their toes, thinking through their construction plans, managing their Asari money and adjusting their strategy as the game moves forward and their construction needs change. Game play takes about 45 minutes on average and players must remain focused on building their towers and completing the steps necessary to acquire the components they need. While keeping a competitive eye on other player's progress they collect as many prestige points as possible to become the most famous builder. For more competitive play, there is the professional version of Asara that uses the same basic rules and additional game elements for an even more challenging experience.

Players Work Side by Side
Asara players draft their individual actions, take them one at a time and in turn order with specific cards and game pieces. As they work independently to achieve specific goals, they must be fully versed in the game's rules so as not to miss important steps and opportunities to gain points that ultimately lead to victory. Asara encourages strategic thinking, reinforces the importance of sequencing and hones memory skills.

What's In The Box?
1 game board, 4 scoring counters, 1 year counter, 52 Asari coins, 100 tower pieces, 4 observation barriers, 45 merchant cards, overview guide, and 1 set of instructions.

Ravensburger History

Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH is a German game company and market leader in the European jigsaw puzzle market.

The company was founded by Otto Robert Maier with seat in Ravensburg, a town in Upper Swabia in southern Germany. He began publishing in 1883 with his first author contract. He started publishing instruction folders for craftsmen and architects, which soon acquired him a solid financial basis. His first board game appeared in 1884, named "Journey around the world".

At the turn of the 20th century, his product line broadened to include picture books, books, children’s activity books, Art Instruction manuals, non-fiction books, and reference books as well as children’s games, Happy Families and activity kits. In 1900, the Ravensburger blue triangle trademark was registered with the Imperial Patent office. As of 1912, many board and activity games had an export version that was distributed to Western Europe, the countries of the Danube Monarchy as well as Russia.

Before the First World War, Ravensburger had around 800 products. The publishing house was damaged during the Second World War and continued to produce games in the years of the reconstruction. The company focused on children's games and books and specialized books for art, architecture and hobbies, and from 1962 grew strongly. The company started to produce jigsaw puzzle games in 1964, and in the same year opened subsidiaries in Austria, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In 1977 the company split into a book publishing arm and a game publishing arm.

Today there are approximately 1,800 available books and 850 games as well as puzzles, hobby products and CD-ROM titles at Ravensburger and its subsidiaries, which include Alea for "hobby and ardent game players" and FX Schmid for games and children's books. Ravensburger products are exported to more than fifty countries.

In September 2010, Ravensburger broke Educa's record for the world's largest jigsaw puzzle of 24,000 pieces. Ravensburger's new puzzle design by late pop artist Keith Haring titled, 'Keith Haring: Double Retrospect' breaks the Guinness Book of World Records measuring 17' × 6' built from 32,256 pieces and comes with its own dolly cart for toting.

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