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Store:  Family Games
Edition:  Medici
Series:  Medici
Theme:  Business
Genre:  Auction & Bidding
Format:  Board Games
Other:  Available on iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch


2007 edition

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Product Awards:  

Ages Play Time Players
10+ 45 minutes 3-6

Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games

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Product Description

Return to the trading days of the ancient Medici family when ships sailed throughout the Mediterranean and beyond. Bid at the markets for the best prices on valuable and not so valuable goods. Corner the market on a commodity and reap additional rewards. Fill your ship and set sail for foreign markets where your goods will fetch high prices. After three trips to the market, the player with the most money wins!

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Family Strategy Game Nominee, 1999
Deutscher Spiele Preis
5th place, 1995
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 1995

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Reiner Knizia

  • Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games

  • Artist(s): Franz Vohwinkel

  • Year: 2007

  • Players: 3 - 6

  • Time: 45 minutes

  • Ages: 10 and up

  • Weight: 732 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English). This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item.


  • 1 game board
  • 36 tiles
  • 1 cloth bag
  • 6 ship mats
  • 36 wooden playing counters
  • rules (English, German)

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.1 in 21 reviews

Awesome Knizia game!
January 08, 2006
This is a 10 year old game which I have found, very few gamers know about. That makes it extra special -- it is an excellent gem, which has been sitting under your nose all these years...)

Its a simple 30 minute bidding game, hehe... as are most of the games Knizia's games. I've played many many, Knizia games and many more bidding games and this is one of my favorites. But, unlike Tom Vasel, I don't fall in love with every game I play. I am very picky, so trust me, this is a Must Buy!

Other games also on my Must Buy list:
High Society - Knizia game which is even better than For Sale
Kingdoms - also by Knizia
Magellan - Wonderful bidding game
I'm the Boss - Another amazing gem, by the designer of Acquire, which no one seems to know about
Caylus - Its a good game. As good as Puerto Rico, you ask? Time will tell.

These are all great games. With the exception of Caylus and Kingdoms, they are not well-known. I recommend you run, don't walk and pickup a copy of these unknown gems!

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
Great Game, BUY German
December 18, 2002

Absolutely a great game. Buy the German edition. Higher quality production, easier color distinctions, and you get a translation. But for those content with the Cheapass Games (James Ernest) philosophy of buying only the rules . . . go ahead and buy any copy of this GREAT game! Buy it, play it, you'll love it! Read other reviews. This is one game that everyone will be willing to play at least once (and then again, and again).

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
A truly elegant design
March 03, 2002

Many of Dr. Knizia's games have an uderlying elegance to them. Their mechanics are well thought out, and usually have a couple different levels of innovative mechanics that dovetail together to make a unique and interesting game. While some of these game are a little messy, there is no doubt of their brilliance. Want proof? Look no further than Taj Mahal. Other times the game itself is quite simple to grasp, yet using an innovative scoring mechainc, such as Katzenjammer Blues or, most especially, Samurai.

In Medici, Dr. Knizia has created a lean, mean auction game that is both invative and elegant. There is no fussiness to it at all, instead stripping down to the essentials of the auction genre. As in many Knizia games, there are plenty of tough choices to consider each round. Nothing comes easy, and since one is spending one's inheritance (victory points) in order to make each purchase, it behooves the player to make sure each ducat counts.

Between trying to maximize one's holding for cargo value and the attempt to corner various commodity markets, there is much to think about in this game. Any more layers to it would detract from the elegance and streamlined design. This one hits all the right notes. Highly recommended.

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

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