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There's no simple explanation for anything important any of us do, and yeah the human tragedy consists of the necessity of living with the consequences, under pressure, under pressure. -Courage (For Hugh Maclennan): The Tragically Hip
We're forced to bed, but we're free to dream. -Gift Shop: The Tragically Hip
Fresco is a worker placement game. In it players are renown Renaissance-era master painters, working on completing the ceiling fresco of a great cathedral.

Each round is a day. First you will decide when you will wake up. The time you wake up determines turn order. The earlier you get up, the more choices you'll have, but you will make your apprentices unhappy, and they may leave you. Sleeping in will make your apprentices happy, but you take your turn later, and will have fewer choices available. Your apprentices are the workers that you place out on the board. You can send them off to market to purchase paints, or to mix the paints you have to make other colours, or to do side jobs to make you money, or even to the theatre to improve moral. Then if you have the proper colours you will paint sections of the fresco. This will get you points, and whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins.

I enjoy Fresco quite a lot! Part of what makes this a fairly unique worker placement is the implementation of a little used mechanic. It's where players all choose what their workers are going to do at the same time. Other aspects make it an enjoyable experience too. Things like getting various paints, represented by coloured cubes, and mixing them to get more exotic paints. The board is also beautiful. Watching the fresco come to life, through the removal of tiles to reveal it as it gets "painted", is somehow fascinating.

If you're only going to get one worker placement game, this very well might be the one. If you like worker placement games in general, then you should surely have Fresco in your collection. I highly recommend it.
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Mark Waenink
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Well stated review. It is an under-appreciated game and as an added bonus it is oddly a colour based game that is pretty colour blind friendly.

Aside: I had to reply as I love your Hip avatar despite the "Go Leafs". Keep up the good concise reviews.
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