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The Princes of Florence

#4 ALBS, English language edition of Die Fürsten von Florenz


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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 75-100 minutes 3-5

Designer(s): Wolfgang Kramer, Richard Ulrich

Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Alea

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Product Description

Experience the golden age of the Renaissance! Assume the role of the head of an Italian Aristocratic dynasty and lead your family like the Medici or Borgia. Build magnificent buildings, cultivate beautiful parks, and invite famous artists and scholars to live and work in your court. The players support the builders, artists, and scholars so that their completed works bring them fame and prestige. As the patrons of such great works, players multiply their reputations, but only one will become the most prestigious prince of Florence!

Over seven rounds, players build Buildings, cultivate Landscapes, and invite artists and scholars to their Palazzi where they provide them with the facilities which inspire such people to produce great Works. All this is done by the players in their Principalities to earn Prestige Points, which are recorded on the fame track.

The more impressive a Work -- that is, the higher its Work Value, the more money and Prestige the player in whose Principality the Work is created is able to earn. Money is important to acquire more Buildings and Landscapes. Also, the Builders and Jesters, which provide valuable services, expect to be paid. Players will also find that Prestige and Bonus cards have great value in building their reputations and fame.

The player who has earned the most Prestige by the end of the seventh round is the winner!

Difficulty: 6/10

Product Awards

The Dice Tower Awards
Best Game Reprint Nominee, 2007
International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game, 2001
Games Magazine Awards
Best Advanced Strategy Game, 2001
Deutscher Spiele Preis
4th place, 2000

Product Information

Contents:

  • 1 game board
  • 5 player boards
  • 30 Buildings
  • 18 Landscapes
  • 12 Freedom tiles
  • 6 Builders
  • 7 Jesters
  • 60 cards:
    • 21 Profession cards
    • 14 Prestige cards
    • 20 Bonus cards
    • 5 Recruiting cards
  • money
  • 5 scoring markers
  • 1 starting player figure
  • 5 player markers
  • 1 round marker
The Princes of Florence has the following expansions available:

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Average Rating: 4.6 in 50 reviews

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by artofshopping
Great medium-complex strategy game
March 04, 2008

Introduction/Topic
In this game you take the role of a medieval prince trying to strengthen the power and prestige of your court. In order to achieve this goal you have to take care of your court in a lot of meanings (buildings, landscape, civil rights,...) to attract as many people and artists as possible to live there.

Components
The box comes fully packed with a lot of material of high quality, both the different boards (scoring board and the boards for the players) and the other gaming material (buildings and landscape tiles, cards and markers) is manufactured really well. In the version published by Pro Ludo also two expansions to the basic game are part of the package.

Gameplay
The game lasts for seven rounds, whereas each round is divided into two phases (Auction and Action). After the last round the game ends immediatly and the winner is the player with the most prestige points. In the first phase of each round (Auction) each player bids for some specific tiles (landscapes and builders, but also prestige cards) he needs to extend his palazzo on his playing board. In the second phase (Action) you can buy (and place) buildings, get certain bonus cards and most important, get professionists to complete some "works" at your court. Depending on the building- and landscape tiles on your playing board, as well as some other influences, this brings different (and overall most of the) prestige points necessary to win the game.

Conclusion
The game is great. It is easy to learn, medium complex and the rules are quite clear. It is very well balanced which makes every decision really hard, but also gives you the chance to plan ahead and work on a strategy which might lead to victory. The influence of luck is kept quite low and even if there is not too much interacting between the players, there are also some mechanism integrated in gameplay taking care of this matter - and so the game overall plays really fluently and is exciting. Beside that it has a manageable amount of playing time (and just a little downtime for each player) ensuring that it will be played quite often - believe me.

(initially published on http://artofshopping.blogspot.com * a blog on boardgames, comics, books and music)

 
 
 
 
 
Boring and Not Worth the Time
September 02, 2007

I'm quite honestly shocked at the positive review scores this game has received. We played it a handful of times, but quickly gave it away. We simply found it boring relative to other games on our shelf. Perhaps we didn't "get" it, but with other great games out there (Settlers, Wildlife, Puerto Rico, and Tigris and Euphrates being just a few), if the game doesn't shine in the first few playings, we're on to something else.

 
 
 
 
 
I Love it!
January 16, 2006
The first time I played this amazing game was at a friend's house. The very next day I rushed into a near shop and bought it for myself.

The thing I really like about this game is that there are so many strategies you can follow in order to win.

It's a MUST have!


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