I was quite taken with the first edition of this game when I came across it a few years ago. However, being published in Colombia meant it was hard to get hold of, so I was very pleased to discover that there's now a European edition.
As the title suggests, this card game is all about Kublai Khan's "stately pleasure dome". In fact, players are contributing to its construction, along with the ancillary buildings that support it. Each card represents a building of some sort and has a value. However, each building also provides resources for constructing others. Getting these resources means playing cards face down as workers. Which also changes the value of the buildings they're played on...
Since players can put workers on any building, not just their own, it's perfectly possible to reduce the value of other players' buildings, too.
It's a tricky little game. Despite this, the rules are pretty simple once you get your head round them. The object is to gain the most money by selling buildings – hopefully at their highest value. Yes, it's definitely tricky!
The Chinese-style illustrations on the cards (identical to the first edition, as far as I can recall) add to the charm of this clever game.
For 2-6 players, aged 13+, playing time 40-70 minutes: £18.00 (£15.00 without tax outside the EU)