Europe: the early modern world
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I'm making this list to compile games that take place in Europe in the early modern world, which is my area of academic interest. There is a "renaissance" category in Boardgamegeek—which is here—so I am not looking to be exhaustive. I made this list to (slowly) add reading recommendations and comments, especially about how historical and thematic the games are.

This list is open: feel free to comment and to post any games that take place in the period, but please do not add a game that takes place before the 14th century or after the Age of Revolutions.

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1. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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There really is no reason why this game takes place in Spain at this time period and not in any other place and any other time in history. In fact, nothing in the game grounds it into specific location or dating. The fact that the castillo is in Majorca does not make a lot of sense either.
 
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2. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:136]
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This is a nice game that captures some of the 'exploring' feeling of the time in all its euro-centric glory. Post-colonial literature and theory recommended to compensate for the enthusiasm of winning by destroying native populations. Probably a good idea to talk to kids about it if playing with them.

[update: no chicken pox expansion expected]
 
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3. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:168]
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My favorite Renaissance game, not only for its game engine, but because of its historical depth.

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4. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:347]
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5. Board Game: Vasco da Gama [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:441]
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6. Board Game: Genoa [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:502]
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7. Board Game: Princes of the Renaissance [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:589]
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8. Board Game: Condottiere [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:792]
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9. Board Game: Age of Renaissance [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:883]
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10. Board Game: Leonardo da Vinci [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:971]
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This is a nice euro. I wish it was more thematic: not much can be learnt about Leonardo playing this game. Also, the idea of the 'robots' is terribly unattractive to me—it is just plain silly—and it makes me feel that the theme of the game could have been something else having nothing to do with leonardo. In any case, it is a very playable and recommendable game.
 
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11. Board Game: Royal Palace [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1061]
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12. Board Game: Serenissima (first edition) [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1109]
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13. Board Game: Richard III: The Wars of the Roses [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1229]
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Readings:
Richard III by Charles Ross
Henry VII (Routledge Historical Biographies) by Sean Cunningham
The Military Campaigns of the Wars of the Roses by Philip A. Haigh
Lancaster and York: The Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir
 
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14. Board Game: Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648 [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1264]
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This is a personal favorite. It is at once streamlined and complex. It is long, but it is broken down into stages, which makes it easy to play. It is a lot of fun for 2 players, each of whom controls two factions. I think they did a good job incorporating the reformation element, especially given that there are no "event" cards to contextualize the events. In general, I found the support boxes system to help feel the complexities of the time.

Recommended reading: Israel, Jonathan I. The Dutch Republic. Its Rise, Greatness, and Fall 1477–1806. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998
 
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15. Board Game: El Capitán [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1269]
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16. Board Game: Palazzo [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1445]
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17. Board Game: Machiavelli [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1549]
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18. Board Game: Strozzi [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1708]
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19. Board Game: Medici vs Strozzi [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1753]
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20. Board Game: Pizarro & Co. [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1806]
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21. Board Game: Augsburg 1520 [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2068]
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22. Board Game: Court of the Medici [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2184]
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The game has nothing to do with the Medici court or Florence; it's all about the numbers. At least each card has different artwork (unlike, let's say, Master's Gallery). I appreciate that all of the artwork are early modern paintings. In any case, given the theme, the paintings can be rather anachronistic: e.g. the jesters are portraits by Velazquez.
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23. Board Game: Il Principe [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2200]
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24. Board Game: Gonzaga [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2316]
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25. Board Game: Men of Iron [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2508]
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Playing Men of Iron you become extremely aware of why and how a given belligerent faction won while the other lost.

The Hundred Years War: A Wider Focus (History of Warfare) by L.J. Andrew Villalon and D.J. Kagay
The Battle of Poitiers 1356 by David Green
Battles of the Medieval World by Kelly DeVries
 
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