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Distributor: Ravensburger
Category: Strategy game
Players: 3-4
Play time: 01:15
Ages: 10+
Content:     1 Game Board
100 Aristocrats (25 of each color)
    8 Prestige Stones (2 of each color)
  12 Bridges
  62 Action Cards:
        30 District Cards
                   (5 each for Cannaregio, Santa Croce, San Polo,
                                      Marco, Dorsoduro, Castello)
          6 Bridge Cards
        12 Transfer Cards
        10 Doge Cards
          4 Banishment Cards
        28 Limit Cards: 8 worth 1, 10 worth 2, 10 worth 3
    1 Doge
    1 Die
    1 Marking Stone (orange)
    1 Rules leaflet (German, French, Italian, Dutch, English)
Game target: Using their tactical skills in sharing and playing the cards, the players attempt to win majorities in the six city districts, in order to gain as many prestige points as possible when scoring occurs. The player who has collected the most points after three passages wins the game.
Rules: Rules in English
Strategy: -
Comments: My edition is from 2001. The designer is Alan R Moon and Aaron Weissblum.

This is definitively a candidate for any "game of the year" award. It's has an old mechanism, which is new for a board game. One distribute the cards in 2 or 3 piles and the other(s) choose one of the piles. It works quite well with 3 players, but is better with 4. The rules are quite quick to learn and easy to keep in the head.

The only weakness in the game is if one or more of the players are too bad in distributing the cards into the piles, as you have to balance the limit cards (which you want as few as possible) with good cards. This balancing can sometimes be very difficult and with slow distributor(s) the game might drag a bit.

 
 

 

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