Art for Art’s Sake

The world of art is filled with many extremely talented individuals. They use their medium of choice to evoke all manner of feelings, from nostalgia, to joy, to pain, to hate, to love, and everything in-between. Different museums and galleries clamor to get well-known and world-renown artist’s works into their collections. That is where you find yourself in Modern Art: The Card Game. This lighter version of Modern Art still sees players looking to collect and score the most valuable art collection in an all-new and quicker playing form. Let’s take a look at how this version works.

Setting up the game is quick, beginning with setting out the 5 Artist cards in order, the numbers on the cards representing how many pieces of artwork each has in the game. Those Artwork cards are shuffled together and dealt out to each player, everyone getting 13 cards to begin with. Sort the different tokens by value and set them aside. Finally, the top card of the remaining Artworks cards is flipped over, showing an extra card that will be counted as Displayed and will count towards that artist’s Influence in the round. And that’s all. The player who most recently went to a museum is the first player and they will begin the first round.

The game is played over a series of rounds, during which, players will pick artwork from their hand to add to their Display area. These represent art pieces that the player has chosen to add to their gallery. Certain cards have special abilities on them, such as letting the player Display a second piece of artwork from the same artist, draw extra artwork cards, or give an Award to an artist of the player’s choice. Players continue, in turn, playing their artwork cards from their hand until a certain number of pieces from a given artist is Displayed. The number of artwork cards required to trigger this condition varies with the number of players. But once it’s met, the round is scored.

Instead of the rounds of bidding, players are simply playing artwork from their hand, trying to maximize the use of their special abilities while keeping ahead of the current art trends. It doesn’t do much good to have a big set of a particular artist if their paintings aren’t worth any points that round. Only the three artists that had the most artwork played during a round will have their paintings gain value and be scored that round. The painter that has the most artwork displayed will have their paintings worth 3 points apiece. The second will have their paintings worth 2 points. The third will have their paintings worth 1 point apiece. These values remain on the artist’s cards, however. So, in a subsequent round, if a painter is once again in the top three in displayed art, the new point total will be added to any they previously had. So, for example, if a painter was the most-displayed artist on round 1, their paintings are worth 3 points apiece. If they are the 3rd-most displayed artist on round 2, their paintings will be worth 4 points apiece that round. After the value of the artist’s paintings is figured out, players total their collection for the round, marking their totals down on the score sheet.

The game continues until 4 rounds have been completed. At the end, the player that has the most points is the winner and their gallery has managed to create the most valuable collection of artworks in the world.

Modern Art: The Card Game will be available on June 12th. This is a very important time to support local businesses and with your help, local gaming can stay alive even in these strange times. Be sure to check out your local game store to see if they have it in stock, and you can locate the store nearest you here.

Art for Art’s Sake

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