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Merchant of Venus (1988)

Average Rating: 7.21/10
Board Game Rank: 432
Thematic Rank: 91
Strategy Game Rank: 256
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1988
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1 − 6
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
180 minutes
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10 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Merchant of Venus makes players take on the roles of space traders chasing wealth and fortune. Each player moves their ship through interconnected systems on a fixed map, discovering new alien worlds to trade with. As players start to make money delivering commodities, their earnings can be used to purchase equipment and construct their own infrastructure. The player who first acquires enough total value in cash and port/factory deeds wins the game.

The game uses a basic roll-and-move mechanism for movement, but modifies it with engine ship upgrades that let the players skip certain spaces during movement. When players reach cities and spaceports, they can buy and sell commodities. Different species are randomly distributed throughout the universe at the start of the game, and players will only uncover which species lives where through exploration in the course of the game - the layout of which species lives where works to offset the rigidity of the fixed map by making different routes through the map profitable each game.

The prices a player receives for selling their cargo is determined by the species that lives in the system, and what commodities a port offers for purchase is determined by a unique and dynamic supply-and-demand mechanism. With their money, players can replace their spaceships with better models, or build factories (which create better commodities) and spaceports (which speed up trading). They can also buy upgrades for their ships (like shields, lasers, or engines).

Variations included in the rulebook allow for interplayer combat and solo play, and the exact target wealth players have to acquire in order to win is decided on before each play.

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Merchant of Venus
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English first edition
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Artist: Charles Kibler, George I. Parrish, Jr., Regina De Simone
Year: 1988
Product Code: 876
Size: Avalon Hill Bookcase
1.35 pounds
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4 House Rules for Merchant of Venus (1986)
Presented here are five house rules intended to speed up and streamline play.
English
2015-01-09
3 slightly modified "classic" FARE tokens
version 1.0 of slightly modified FARE tokens for “classic” Merchant of Venus
English
2014-04-19
6 Coming of the Empire variant
some of the files are already in different CoE files. This includes the burning planet map, rastur thieves, and a few other needed counters. *Use the CoE Manual for rules.*
English
2013-11-20
8 Pilot Deck Variant
Pilot Deck Variant. Includes 3 decks of 10 cards. You will need to print a copy for each player.
English
2013-11-11
13 Teaching Guide for Merchant of Venus from "The How to Play Podcast"
Here is a short outline to keep with your game and assist you when you need to teach the game. The outline includes an opening hook, a step-by-step outline on a suggested order in which to teach the meat of the rules, and some beginning strategy. To hear an example explanation using this outline or to learn the game yourself, listen to "The How to Play Podcast Episode #43: Merchant of Venus" available at www.howtoplaypodcast.com (Black/White version)
English
2013-01-05
16 Deeds, Patents, & IOU's Tokens (Old School Edition)
This PDF includes a full set of Deeds (Spaceports, Factories, Mining Colonies), Relic Patents, & IOU's in 1" square size. They are double sided. Print on sticker paper and mount on chipboard or plastic squares for best results. Designed to work with the Avalon Hill edition. Version 3 has revised factory deeds that have an additional icon to better differentiate the $100 & $200 value deeds. Also, the factory icon art has been updated.
English
2012-07-02
23 Merchant of Venus Rules Summary
A summary of the rulebook that reads less like a wargame rulebook than the original. Many thanks to Kevin in Kansas and Russ Felton-Jue for corrections and clarifications!
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2012-02-02
13 MoV square counters (black and white background)
MoV square counters (black background) - redesign of a redesign. I took original Dathkadan's countersheets, edited the individual counters off of them, transformed them to square counters and hashed back to sheets as per original layout. Pages: 11-12 Paper size: A4 Background: black
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2012-01-11
15 Merchant of Venus - base play summary sheet
Play summary for the base game of Merchant of Venus, based on Solamar's "MoV Play Summary_V1.pdf". I removed his variants, expanded some places and edited the text to stick to the base game rules (without combat etc.) to keep it clear and concise.
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2011-09-28
9 MoV Ships reference
This is a little reference for the ships that is basically the top left corner of the 4 base ships and the 4 extra ones for the variant. All taken from the excellent Dathkadan design.
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2011-06-20
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Board Game Rank: 432
Thematic Rank: 91
Strategy Game Rank: 256
Num Ratings: 2250
Average Rating: 7.21
Standard Deviation: 1.50
Num Views: 406597
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Users Owning: 2623
Users Wanting: 300
Users Trading: 75 [find trade matches]
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Show #25: MoV AH to FFG Deltas, and Deadlands Battle for Slaughter Gulch
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Episode 43 – Merchant of Venus
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2013-01-01
The Long View: Merchant of Venus
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2012-11-08
Show #20: Phantom Leader, and Merchant of Venus
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I've Been Diced! episode 3: Games that stood the test of time
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BGTG 107 - Handcrafted Games (with Lincoln Damerst and Greg Wilzbach)
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Show #1: Jeff and Mark's Top Ten Games
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