Korea Boardgames plans to release a new version of the classic board game The Princes of Florence from Wolfgang Kramer and Richard Ulrich.
For those not familiar with the title, which debuted in 2000 as title #4 in alea's "big box" series of games, here's a succinct overview:Quote:In The Princes of Florence, players attract artists and scholars to their palace while trying to become the most prestigious family in Florence.KBG notes that its new edition of the game will feature art from Lukas Siegmon, with players being represented by a princess or prince as they choose thanks to double-sided game boards.Promotional image from Korea Boardgames
Over seven rounds, players attempt to score points in various ways, with most points being earned by playing profession cards to generate "work points", which can be exchanged for money or prestige points. The game includes a variety of professions, such astronomers, organists, and architects; each profession is attracted to a particular combination of building, landscape feature, and social freedom, and players acquire these items via auctions. The more that a player can match these preferences, the more work points they earn — but the minimum requirement of work points increases each round, and you must meet that threshold in order to convert the work points.
In a nod to what is undoubtedly the most common player request these days, this version of The Princes of Florence will have solo rules — which is an odd thing to ponder given that the heart of the game is the auction system in which players fiercely compete to get exactly what they need.
Buildings in this version will be color-coded in addition to being a particular polyomino to make them easier to track, and the profession cards will have their requirements on their left edge so that you can more easily see who needs what across your entire hand — which is important since you usually want to play out professions in the "right" order so that you can satisfy more requirements and ramp up work points over the course of the game.
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