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Welcome to the art business!
As a gallery owner, you control the fate of 5 artists. Try to promote those whose pictures you possess -- that's what makes the cash register ring. Damage the reputations of the other artists -- that makes your competitors poorer.
First of all, nobody knows which gallery owner buys pictures of which artist. From the outset, this uncertainty provides lots of tension. Whoever bluffs skillfully, intelligently, tactically and demonstrates his power at the right time, will take the lead in this game. And at the end, whoever has the most money wins.
Experience this refreshing mixture of art and commerce -- enjoy the game of Vernissage.
- 1 gameboard
- 15 agents
- 38 fate counters
- 5 artist counters
- 5 fame markers
- 1 critic's feather
- 110 cards
- 3 6-sided dice
- 1 pack of money
- 10 promissory notes
Average Rating: 4.5 in 2 reviews
This is another terrific Klaus Teuber game. Advance the careers of artists whose paintings you own, while ruining the reputation of artists displayed by rival galleries. Only 2/3 of the cards are in use each game, so the distribution of artwork, movement, power, and critic cards is always different. After adding a marker to advance an artist up the 'Staircase of Fame', Players must pay $$$ each turn to search through one of the draw piles for artwork and other needed cards. The only way to get more cash is to display art. Reveal too soon which artist you're backing, and your opponents will have plenty of time to drag him down. On the other hand, you might just find an ally backing the same artist. Highly recommended!
Klaus Teuber has an enviable track record, having created some of the most visible and respected games of the last decade and a half, with his masterwork undoubtedly being the fabled 'Settlers of Catan.' With 'Vernissage' he delves into waters that were also plumbed by Reiner Knizia in 'Modern Art,' and manages to come up with a winner.
While not without its flaws, Vernissage is definitely the work of a master designer. The basic premise has the players as art dealers influencing the popularity of five unknown artists. During the course of the game, they pay money to buy artwork, to influence the critics, and to place their agents in order to draw attention to the artists. Many actions will force the popularity of an artist up or down the scale, and if it goes high enough there is a payday for those lucky agents who show their artworks by this rising star. If an artist drops low enough, he or she is out of the game, and paintings become a liability.
The mechanics of the game are a bit strange, and don't mesh quite as tightly as they do in a typical Teuber game. The game also lacks the elegance of design of Modern Art, the game closest to it in theme, if not gameplay. It does have the feeling of being a labor of love, of being a game that the designer wanted to create, and that he included as much of his dream as possible. In this, it is definitely a work of art, albeit one that will not necessarily be appreciated by the masses.
Vernissage is fun, quirky, garish, and a bit messy. A middleweight contender, it is a game for gamers looking for something more than a little bit different. Recommended.