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Best with 5 players
Recommended with 4, 5, 6 players
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12 and up
Playing Time
180 minutes
User Suggested Ages
14 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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(22 voters) [vote]
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Princes of the Renaissance
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The game is set in Renaissance Italy. Each player takes on the role of one of the minor Condottiere princes, such as the Gonzagas or d'Estes. Then there are the big five major cities: Venice, Milan, Florence, Rome, and Naples. These are not controlled by individual players, but players will gain 'interests' in them as the game progresses. Each city has six tiles, most of which represent a famous character such as Lucrezia Borgia or Lorenzo Medici. Each tile has its own special properties that are linked to the character on the tile. Thus Cesare Borgia will help you to become more treacherous, while a Venetian merchant will increase your income. These tiles are also worth victory points, depending on the status of the city at the end of the game.

A city's status will change as a result of war. When two cities fight, they will each need a Condottiere to fight for them. Players bid, using influence points, to decide who will represent each city. The outcome of the war will depend on a little luck and the size of each player's army. Each player also gets paid for fighting, no matter what the outcome of the war is. Thus players can turn influence into gold, which in turn can be used to buy more City tiles.

No game on the Italian Renaissance would be complete without an element of treachery. Players can be openly treacherous by buying Treachery tiles, which will allow them to do nasty things like steal influence, bribe troops, or knock players out of an auction. However, the game allows players to be devious in other ways, that still remain legal. Making sure that a war goes the way you want it to is an important part of the game, and it is not always the player with the best army who ends up fighting. Want a city to lose, well become Condottiere for them and make sure you have a really bad army, or use Treachery tiles to bribe your own troops not to fight. At some point some player will become the Pope, which means he can form a Holy League (i.e. join one side in a battle). Want to make sure the Pope is on the 'right' side, well why not bribe him? What players negotiate over is up to them. The game does not force negotiation and works perfectly well without it, but it remains an avenue for players to explore.

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  • Rulebook (in English and German)
  • Full colour mounted map
  • 96 Full colour card tiles
  • Gold and Influence counters
  • wooden game markers and dice

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Princes of the Renaissance
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Publisher: Warfrog Games
Artist: Peter Dennis
Year: 2003
Product Code: 1013
Size: 12.50 x 8.88 x 2.00 inches
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3 Player board and player aid (another one :)
Player board for Princes of the Renaissance. I used the Oiler's file and Piotro's images as an inspiration. The result is a bit of both with different graphics.
10 Detailed Tile Summary of all Tiles
A very detailed summary of all tiles in the game.
6 Princes of the Renaissance Scoresheet
My Princes of the Renaissance Scoresheet version 1. I find this useful to calculate & record scores at the end of the game since there is no score track or VP counters. This make sure every category is recorded correctly & can be useful for post-game analysis. In the city tile scoring area a smaller box is included to record the number of tiles, then multiply this by the final value of each city (if that makes it easier).
0 Keep track of attack/defence values of troops only and total
Both for attack and defence, keep track separately of the value of the troops only and the total value including modifiers (this speeds calculation and it is useful in case of Holy League: Pope can only use troops).
1 PotR Player Mat and Aid in Simplified Chinese
Thanks to Oiler's file, and I localize it in Chinese and include the 1-page summary of the rule and tiles.
3 Macheavellian Varient Korean
Macheavellian Varient Korean
15 PoTR - 1 page rules summary
This rules summary includes all eratta and notes on use of tiles on 1 page.
12 Princes of the Renaissance Faction Cards in Zip file
Keep track of all tiles, money and influence.
52 Scan of the original rules
Scan of the original rules converted to PDF. Permission to convert and post given by Martin Wallace.
13 Victory_Point_Track_v1_BGG_Version.pdf
A victory point track with a tile reminder section. I found out during our first test play that it is hard in the beginning to remember which tiles are bought and which are auctioned, and with what currency. It was also a bit hard to know who was "in the lead" so I created a victory point track to help visualize the player standings. Either update it continuously during the game, between decades, or ignore it altogether. Use tokens to represent players.
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