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2012
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1 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3 players
Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
14 and up
Playing Time
120 − 240 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
(14 voters) [poll]
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Merchant of Venus (second edition)
Alternate Names
Mercanti di Venere
Merchant of Venus
金星の商人
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Merchant of Venus uses many elements which come together to form a very interesting game. Players take on the roles of space traders who move their ships through interconnected systems discovering new alien worlds to trade with. As players start to make money delivering commodities in a unique supply-and-demand system, their earnings can be used to purchase better ships and equipment (shields, lasers, engines, etc...) and construct their own spaceports (which speed up trading) and factories (which create better commodities). Variations included in the rulebook allow for interplayer combat. The player who first acquires enough total value ($1000, $2000, $3000, $4000) in cash and port/factory deeds takes the day.

For the 2012 edition of Merchant of Venus from Fantasy Flight Games, the company promises that this revision "remains true to its magnificently campy core while updating the map and game components and expanding game play in surprising ways that will cause even the most hardcore fan to celebrate." That said, the player count has been lowered from six (in the Avalon Hill edition) to four, with the four races in the game being Human, Whynom, Qossuth, and Eeepeeep.

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Components

  • Two Rulebooks
  • One Game board
  • 4 Merchant Ships
  • 4 Ship Stands
  • 8 Dial Connectors
  • Two Sorts of sheets:
    • 4 Dashboard Sheets
    • 8 Ship Class Sheets
  • Two different Dice:
    • 4 Speed Dice (white, six-sided)
    • 1 Effect Die (purple, six-sided)
  • 120 different Cards:
    • 42 Encounter Cards
    • 8 Pilot Cards
    • 10 Challenge Cards
    • 14 First Contact Cards
    • 1 First Player Card
    • 20 Mission Cards
    • 25 Reward Cards
  • 496 different Tokens:
    • 12 Blue Dot/Asteroid Tokens
    • 8 Cargo Hold Indicator Tokens
    • 103 Credit Tokens
    • 28 Demand Tokens
    • 6 Drive Tokens
    • 35 Encounter Tokens
    • 14 Factory Goods Tokens
    • 14 Factory Demand Tokens
    • 25 Fame/Infamy Tokens
    • 76 Goods Tokens
    • 42 Market Tokens
    • 8 Mission Tokens
    • 15 Passenger Tokens
    • 8 Pirate Tokens
    • 8 Shield Tokens
    • 2 Production Round Tokens
    • 34 Racial Technology Tokens
    • 48 Merchant Spaceport/Drill Tokens
    • 14 Culture Tokens
    • 24 Spaceport Deed Tokens
  • 8 Resource Pointers
  • 8 Resource Pointer Washers
  • 1 Round Marker

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Learn "Classic" Rules via mp3
Listen in browser - How To Play Podcast - Episode 43: Merchant of Venus - 1h 16min

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 1:43 History and game background
  • 5:20 Special Guest Intro
  • 6:50 "Why do I love this game?"
  • 9:29 "Who will NOT like this game?"
  • 13:19 Complexity Rating
  • 16:03 Rules: The Hook - What's the game about?
  • 16:53 Rules: The Meat - How to play (Classic)
  • 52:08 Rules: The Hamster - How to Win
  • 102:00 Classic vs Standard Rules
  • 106:26 Original Classic vs Updated Classic Rules
  • 108:38 Original Classic vs Standard Rules
  • 114:10 Closing

Supporting PDF for mp3 (b/w) - How to Play Teaching Guides: #43 Merchant of Venus

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German first edition
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games, Heidelberger Spieleverlag
Artist: Henning Ludvigsen
Year: 2013
Product Code: HE474 / 1650APR13
Size: 11.69 x 11.69 x 4.06 inches
5.74 pounds
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Release Date: Feb 1, 2014
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Publisher: Asterion Press
Artist: Henning Ludvigsen
Year: 2013
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English second edition
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Artist: Henning Ludvigsen
Year: 2012
Product Code: VA85
Size: 11.75 x 11.75 x 4.00 inches
5.40 pounds
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Release Date: Nov 2012
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8 Universal Head MERCHANT OF VENUS Rules Summary & Reference
The Universal Head MERCHANT OF VENUS Rules Summary & Reference v1.1 (Jun15) Rules summary and player reference sheets.
English
2015-06-24
1 Merchant of Venus card texts (Hungarian)
Card texts translated into Hungarian. Kártyaszövegek magyar nyelvű fordítása.
Hungarian
2014-11-24
2 Merchant of Venus - Standard version rules (Hungarian)
Hungarian translation of the "Standard Game" rulebook. A "Standard Game" szabálykönyvének magyar nyelvű fordítása.
Hungarian
2014-11-24
1 FAQ
Памятка Shinner
Russian
2014-11-01
5 Classic Technology Variant
Technologies for the classic version of Merchant of Venus 2nd Edition. Version 1.
English
2014-09-23
1 Traduction française du livret de règle de la version Classic
Voici ma traduction personnelle du livret de règle de la version Classic, celle qui correspond le plus à la version originale de 1988. Je n'ai malheureusement eu personne à disposition pour effectuer une relecture extérieure, il y a donc forte chance pour qu'il y ai encore pas mal de fautes orthographe, veillez m'en excuser. Je n'ai volontairement pas traduit les titres de chapitre, histoire de faire travailler un peu l'anglais des moins anglophiles d'entre nous, c'est toujours ça de gagné hein :) ! N’hésitez pas à me faire remonter des infos sur d'éventuelles coquilles ou fautes. Bon jeu!
French
2014-06-13
2 MOV Scoresheet in German
Help for Scoring a Standard Game in German
German
2014-03-24
1 Kleiner Flugbegleiter für Merchant of Venus 2.Auflage
A little help especially for those who know the classical version of the game. 4 pages DinA 5 for a little booklet.
German
2014-02-20
4 Merchant of Venus - karty PL
autorskie kompletne tłumaczenie kart do gry planszowej Merchant of Venus - wydrukuj, przytnij i nałóż na oryginalne karty - zawiera grafikę skanowaną z oryginalnych kart
Polish
2014-01-12
3 Merchant of Venus - croatian rules
Croatian translation of rules for this great game
English
2013-11-05
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Thematic Rank: 75
Strategy Game Rank: 219
Num Ratings: 2126
Average Rating: 7.33
Standard Deviation: 1.41
Num Views: 238124
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