The Gallerist, a game by Vital Lacerda. The Art of Strategy!
I bought this instantly after watching the third demo episode of Watch it Played’s The Gallerist (video below). As soon as I watched the mechanics of solo play, I was hooked. Most solo games have always been an after thought, if at all, in most cooperative games. The Gallerist has built it a game with solo game play as the first concept and the mechanics are a gamer’s delectation.
Who has friends that are willing to play, minimally 120 minutes, not counting the 30 – 40 minute setup time? Once you get started time flies as the mechanics of the game demand a constant watch of investors, visitors, artist’s value and even trying to sell the work of art for the best value.
The Gallerist is Eurogame or Euro-style game. It is a class of tabletop games that generally have simple rules, short to medium playing times, indirect player interaction and abstract physical components. Like Euro-style games The Gallerist emphasizes strategy, has economic themes, and all the players remain in the game until it ends. This game requires more thought and planning than Monopoly but less than classic game of chess.
Combining the elements of an Art dealer, museum curator, and Artists’ manager, you are about to take on that job! You will promote and nurture Artists; buy, display, and sell their Art; and build and exert your international reputation. As a result, you will achieve the respect needed to draw visitors to your Gallery from all over the world.
There’s a lot of work to be done, but don’t worry, you can hire assistants to help you achieve your goals. Build your fortune by running the most lucrative Gallery and secure your reputation as a world-class Gallerist!
Maximize your money and thus win the game by:
- having visitors in your gallery;
- exhibiting and selling works of art;
- investing in artists’ promotion to increase art value;
- achieving trends and reputation as well as curator and dealer goals.
- Age 13+
- 120 Min
- 1–4 Players – This game has a strong solo play.
Awards and Honors
- 2015 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Nominee
- 2015 Golden Geek Best Solo Board Game Nominee
- 2015 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Nominee
- 2015 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Nominee
Watch it Played
Watch It Played is a board and card game-related video series created and hosted by Rodney Smith. Originally intended to be used as a resource in a play-by-forum game of Mansions of Madness, the videos received significant views as well as positive feedback. This encouraged the creation of a channel dedicated to teaching and showing the games played.