Additional Rules from the Rulebook
This is both a Treasure card and a Victory card. You can play it for 2 coins, just like a Silver card. At the end of the game, it's worth 2 VP. During set-up, place 12 Harems in the Supply for a 3- or 4-player game and 8 in the Supply for a 2-player game.
The Secret History of Harem
In an article on Board Game Geek, Donald X. Vaccarino commented on the development of Harem:
- Another of the oldest cards. Originally there were just some cards. One day I decided, okay, these ones are the main set, these are the first expansion, these are the second expansion. Great Hall / Harem / Nobles date back to then. They could have been in the main set, but they seemed like a cool simple thing to save for the first expansion, and have been there since 2006.
- I tried a few different mixes of victory points and coins before settling on two of each as the best version.
- My version of Harem had no art - just a big 2 crown 2 coin. I used a crown for the victory point symbol you see. Anyway I liked that way of doing it and it seemed funny that Harem had no art. Just the card you want art for! I fully expected that the card name would get changed during development. Wouldn't someone complain that it was sexist, or un-European, or wait a minute, why does this make money? No-one complained though. Harem, there it is. We didn't specifically ask for cartoony art btw, that's just what came in.