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Written Review – Guildhall: Job Faire

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A scholar, a hunter, a robber and a peddler, along with a tax collector walk into a tavern…

Which is very likely if you’re playing the new stand-alone expansion to Guildhall from Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG): Guildhall: Job Faire. Designed by Hope S Hwang, the designer of the original game, Guildhall: Job Faire is a 2013 stand-alone expansion to last year’s AEG release Guildhall, recommended for 2-4 players ages 12 and up.

Guild Hall Job Faire Stats

Contents

Guildhall: Job Faire comes with the following components:

  • 120 Profession cards (4 sets of 6 professions, each in 5 colors)
  • 30 VP cards
  • 52 VP tokens
  • Rulebook

Also, the game comes with a new insert that allows you to store both Job Faire and the original in the same box. This is a welcome improvement from the original Guildhall which had a very poorly designed insert.

How to Play/What’s Changed

Guildhall: Job Faire plays identically to the original Guildhall. In this review we’ll take a look at the new job cards and how the expansion influences and interacts with the original game. If you are curious as to how Guildhall plays please see the review of the original Guildhall.

All of the job cards in this expansion are new and they all have unique abilities:

Bricklayer: Allows you to draw additional cards from the top of the deck then place cards from your hand on top of the deck.

Hunter: Look through the discard pile and swap cards from there with cards in your guildhall.

Peddler: Swap cards in your hand with cards in another player’s guildhall, then take an additional action.

Robber: Take cards from another player’s hand into your Guildhall.

Scholar: Draw cards from the deck and place them directly into your Guildhall.

Tax Collector: Gain victory points equal to the number of tax collectors in your guildhall then place 1 card from your guildhall in another player’s guildhall.

Picture of Tax Collector card

Unlike real life, in Guildhall: Job Faire the Tax Collector is your ally.

Final Thoughts

Guildhall: Job Faire is an interesting expansion to the original Guildhall, which is NOT required to play Job Faire. As a result, you have to look at Guildhall: Job Faire on its own and how it interacts with the original game.

On its own, Job Faire offers the same set-matching gameplay as the original with different jobs. One of the interesting things about these jobs is several of them require you to put cards in other player’s guildhalls, or in the discard pile or back on top of the deck in addition to using the power of the job. This makes the gameplay feel more balanced than the original and also introduces another layer of decision-making to the game. Also, Job Faire feels a little less ‘take that’ than the original since several of the jobs force you to compensate other players, such as the tax collector or the peddler. This is unlike the original where the ‘Assassin’ card allowed you to remove cards from other player’s guildhalls with no penalty. Some players will like this change while others will not.

Guidhall: Job Faire can be combined with the original in a mix-and-match style similar to other card games. Players can select any 6 of the 12 available jobs to use in a game of Guildhall or go for a ‘super’ game featuring all 12 jobs simultaneously. This can help add an enormous amount of variety to the original game and produce new combinations of jobs opening up new strategic possibilities for the game.

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Thanks to AEG for providing a review copy of Guildhall: Job Faire.

If you're a fan, this is for you.

If you’re a fan, this is for you.

Pros

  • Can be played stand-alone or as an expansion to the original Guildhall
  • More balanced and less ‘take that!’ than the original
  • New insert allows you to store Job Faire and the original game in the same box

Cons

  • Gameplay is identical to the original. If you didn’t like the original game, this expansion makes no changes
  • The job abilities in Job Faire can lead to longer turns and a longer overall playtime due to increased options

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