Another Reiner Knizia standby, this game plays very well with varying numbers of people. The object is to accrue the most points during three rounds, which you do by spending your points to bid on sets of cards. Each turn the current player turns up one to three cards for all the players to bid on, with the highest bid taking all cards. The cards denote a commodity type and quantity/value. The round ends when each player's ships are full, or the commodity card deck is exhausted. After each round, points are awarded to each player having the most of a given commodity, and to the one with the most valuable total "cargo load".
It always seemed odd to me that when you selected tiles out of the draw bag you simply put them on the table. I designed this mini-board so that players can place their goods/ tiles on (up to 3) when creating auction lots at the market.
The original Amigo Spiele version of Medici was beautiful and easy to play with one exception: no player identification pieces! So, I drew up some boat/ship graphics in the Amigo edition player colors to help identify each player. Just print out on card stock and/or mount on card stock. Enjoy.
(Black & White Version) 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 #16: Medici" available at www.howtoplaypodcast.com
2.5"x3.5" rules refresher "Cheat Sheet"
This is a card-sized (standard MtG CCG) "cheat sheet" with the key rules for the game. This card is meant for people familiar with the game but wants a quick refresher, especially about picky details that are easy to forget. Feel free to comment/critique for me to improve them.