During the game, you are trying to collect the most cards in each of five different categories over the course of two phases - the gift and auction phases. Starting with the gift phase, the player will draw 3-5 cards (depending on how many people are playing) one at a time and will do one of three things; claim the card and put it into their hand, put it into the auction pile (these will be used in the auction phase), or into the public pile.
|Five different categories, get the most in each to get the points|
This continues until all cards are bought or discarded, then the game is done. Players reveal their hands, and points are awarded based on who had the highest values in each of the categories, whoever has the most points win.
|Dice are used to keep tabs on the value of each category|
|Church cards change the value to each category|
While there is nothing wrong with the game play, there are some odd things with the game itself. When you open it for the first time, its "new game smell" is...off. You know that smell when you open up a bottle of bubbles? Well, ferment that and you are pretty close. The cards, while good looking, are a very heavy laminated card stock that stick and are difficult to shuffle.
More photos here.