In Splendor, you lead a Renaissance merchant's guild. Your only objective: prestige! At the beginning of the game, you have a small stash of gems (as represented by poker chips) with which you'll build a commercial empire. Your tokens allow you to acquire mines, ships, and artisans (represented by cards), which are called developments. These cards, split into three tiers of increasing cost, offer you bonuses; each development produces a virtual token, which reduces the cost of your future purchases.
The more expensive developments also grant you prestige points. When you have the required number of bonuses, a noble patron will visit you and grant you three precious prestige points. At the end of the game, the player with the most prestige wins.