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Mercury Games to Deliver Princes of the Renaissance

W. Eric Martin
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Board Game: Princes of the Renaissance
Well, well, well. After years of rumors and false starts, Martin Wallace's Princes of the Renaissance will appear in a new edition from Mercury Games, with the publisher planning to launch a Kickstarter funding campaign for it before the end of 2015.

Princes of the Renaissance first appeared from Wallace's own Warfrog Games in 2003, and like many Warfrog releases, the game had a single print run, then vanished from the market. Mercury Games has obtained worldwide rights to the design, and notes that it "has further refined the game with gameplay improvements, new tiles, and other items sure to appeal to fans of the game or those who will get to experience the Wallace-classic for the first time".

Details of those "improvements, new tiles", et al. will be released by Mercury at a later time. In a press release announcing this new edition, Richard Diosi of Mercury Games said, "We know how important it is to treat the product with the respect it deserves, while ensuring that the game benefits from the many thousands of plays over the past few years."

From gallery of Photodump

Near-final cover artwork

For those not familiar with the design, here's an overview:

In Princes of the Renaissance, players take on the role of a Condottiere and attempt to influence the major cities of Italy. Using money and power, players take a stake in one or more cities and use their resources to ensure that their chosen city gains prestige at the expense of others. Each city attempts to attack or defend itself by hiring the players to lead their armies, but the outcome is not always as important to the Condottiere as gaining wealth or influence. Players will discover that even the Pope can be swayed...for the right price, of course!
The cover artwork shown above and the image below are "near final", according to Mercury's Kevin Nesbitt, "There could still be changes, but it definitely gives your readers a real sense of the direction we're taking with it."

Board Game: Princes of the Renaissance
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