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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  Oltremare
Theme:  Business, Nautical/Aquatic
Genre:  Trading
Format:  Board Games

Oltremare: Merchants of Venice


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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Advanced Strategy Game Nominee, 2006

Ages Play Time Players
10+ 60 minutes 2-5

Designer(s): Emanuele Ornella

Publisher(s): Mind the Move

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Product Description

Are you the Best Merchant of Venice? Try yourself and sail along the courses of ancient Venetians, Oltremare, in unknown lands of Barbaria.

Look for the most precious wares and the richest stocks. Exchange goods with other merchants, load your ship and sell everything at stock market. But above all, try to escape pirates and robbers, with cleverness or strength...

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Advanced Strategy Game Nominee, 2006

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Emanuele Ornella

  • Publisher(s): Mind the Move

  • Year: 2004

  • Players: 2 - 5

  • Time: 60 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Est. time to learn: 10-20 minutes

  • Weight: 324 grams

Contents:

  • 98 goods cards
  • 1 Venice card
  • 5 summary cards
  • 5 merchant cards
  • 10 wooden cubes
  • 1 board
  • 32 harbour markers

Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 3.4 in 4 reviews

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A fun game for all ages
August 25, 2010

Me and my family love this game! It is especially fun with 3 to 5 players as the trading part of the game comes more into play. This also has some very unique game mechanics as the last card you put in your freight stack on the previous turn, determines how many cards you can have in your hand and how many cards you must play on your current turn! This really makes you think about what cards to play and what order you will place them in your freight stack.

We had very few problems with the rules and they seem fairly straight forward to us. Although you will find yourself consulting them often during your first game.

Highly recommended for good clean family fun!

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by Toni G.
It could be a really good game, but...
March 22, 2009

I think some of the rules are so vague, it makes it more difficult to play. The pirate aspect of the game doesn't really seem to do anything but eat a lot of cards out of the draw deck. We've only played it once so far, but we spent most of the time going,"Is this right?" With some new house rules, we might be able to make it a little less clunky.

Not a bad game, but as we understood the rules, it wouldn't be a first choice.

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by G.
Interesting Elements
March 22, 2009

This game had some interesting new elements such as your play on this turn affecting your play on the next. This creates some tension between immediate reward and future benefit. The interim scoring halfway through is also a nice touch and effects strategy.

However as a whole, it doesn't seem to flow quite right and doesn't seem to have the elegance you expect from a European game. The pirate aspects are the main offender here.

The game is enjoyable and it is worth it just for the unique elements. We will play it again, but it probably won't be amongst our favorites. We may experiment with some house rules.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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