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Year Published
1996
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2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
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12 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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Serenissima (first edition)
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Méditerranée
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The Theme

In the fourteenth century, the Atlantic was an ocean without end and America was yet to be discovered. The Mediterranean was a sea of great prosperity - the only route between East and West. The greatest fleets of the age battled for the most lucrative trade routes.

Trade cities like Venice, Genoa, Barcelona or Istanbul grew as powerful as whole nations, establishing trade routes as far as North Africa or Middle East, bringing back Spice, Gems or Gold to the western Mediterranean. SERENISSIMA recreates this era, when the Mediterranean was at the centre of world trade.

The Game

Each players assume the role of one of those four city-states. Their goal is to establish their sphere of influence in the Mediterranean, and share all sorts of commodities to make their trading empire the most prosperous. In the course of a game, players must build galleys, hire crew and buy/sell commodities. The value of goods can be influenced by players having monopolies in certain commodities. Players can also take control of ports, thereby earning extra income from players using the port, as well as being able to get this port's specific commodity.

In the end, the scoring is based on the number of ports each player control, but also on the fact that those ports have commodities of different kind available. Ports come in three types : small, medium, and city-states. Whereas small ports are quite easy to satisfy (they need only two commodities to be considered "full"), the four starting city-states are far more difficult to please, as they will need all kind of commodities available (6 additional commodities, plus the one they produce).

During the course of the game, the number and type of commodities available in ports also controls the number of crew members you can hire, if you can build galleys or forts, and the price of commodities when you sell them. For example, a player won't be able to build new galleys until they have wood and iron available in one of the ports they control. Once a galley has been built, it has 5 spaces available, that can be filled by the crew or the goods. Every crew member allows movement through one space, and makes the galley more powerful. But those spaces are also needed to carry the goods that are worth money. Money that can be used to hire new crews, build new galleys, or commodities. A balance thus needs to be struck between trading commodities and taking control of ports - between a fleet of merchant galleys and a fleet of warships.

The game lasts between 5 to 8 turns depending on the number of active players. Turn order is defined by bidding. The winner of the bid choose whether he will play first, second, third or last. Depending on the situation and what the player wants to do, playing first or last might be equally interesting. For example, by playing first, a player would be unable to react to other players move, but he could avoid having his galleys blockaded.

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Serenissima (first edition)
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German edition with DSP logo
Publisher: Eurogames
Artist: Dominique Ehrhard
Year: 1997
Size: 12.01 x 16.93 x 2.76 inches
3.28 pounds
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Publisher: Eurogames
Artist: Dominique Ehrhard
Year: 1997
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Serenissima (first edition)
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Publisher: 999 Games, Descartes Editeur, Eurogames
Artist: Dominique Ehrhard
Year: 1997
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Italian edition
Publisher: Descartes Editeur, Eurogames
Artist: Dominique Ehrhard, Duccio Vitale
Year: 1997
Size: 16.93 x 11.81 x 2.76 inches
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Serenissima (first edition)
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Publisher: Eurogames
Artist: Dominique Ehrhard, Guillaume Rohmer
Year: 1996
Product Code: 3 289880 002183
Size: 16.93 x 11.81 x 2.76 inches
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1 Serenissima QRF
Serenissima QRF updated to show commodities and their ports
English
2014-08-14
4 Serenissima Score Sheet
This sheet makes it easier to calculate your score at the end of a game of Serenissima. It provides some optional scoring rules, shown in blue italics, if you want to use them. You can cut each page into four sheets, or just use each page four times.
English
2012-10-25
4 Serenissima Player's Card
This card summarizes the rules for setup and the phases of play with useful charts for the prices of goods and combat. It incorporates some optional rules (from David Wessman), shown in blue italics. I recommend printing four of these on US Letter sized card stock.
English
2012-10-25
2 Endabrechnung Siegpunkte
A simple sheet to write down the victory points at end of game.
German
2011-10-11
2 Short rules in german
A short rule summary for serenissima - in german
German
2011-07-23
4 Combat table
A convenient combat table, formatted to print three times on one sheet of A4 paper, which removes the need to do calculations after every die roll, and so simplifies play for those poor at mental arithmetic.
English
2011-04-10
2 Color Blind City Guide
My dad is color blind so we made this guide to the cities for him. Lists the ports in alphabetical order with the color and resource it makes.
English
2011-04-06
3 Serenissima Hulpblad NL
Hulpblad met scores en verklaringen van Serenissima in het Nederlands.
Dutch
2011-03-24
3 Serenissima samenvatting Nederlands
Uitgebreide samenvatting van Serenissima in het Nederlands.
Dutch
2011-03-20
12 Ayuda de juego
Aid game, in Spanish
Spanish
2009-10-17
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