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Canal Grande

San Marco Card Game

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Product Awards:  
Games Magazine Awards
Family Card Game Nominee, 2005

Ages Play Time Players
12+ 30-45 minutes 2

Designer(s): Alan R Moon, Aaron Weissblum

Manufacturer(s): Adlung Spiele

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Product Description

Venice is in its heydey. In the Council of Ten, the old established families are fighting for power, influence and the office of doge (head of state of Venice 697-1797). By using spies and traitors cleverly, they try to win votes in the different districts of the city--only with the districts' support can one become the most powerful man in Venice.

Product Awards

Games Magazine Awards
Family Card Game Nominee, 2005

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Alan R Moon, Aaron Weissblum

  • Manufacturer(s): Adlung Spiele

  • Artist(s): Jurgen Martens

  • Year: 2002

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 30 - 45 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 114 grams

  • Language Requirements: Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English).


  • 52 action cards:
    • 30 district cards (6 districts, 5 cards each)
    • 3 spies
    • 7 traitors
    • 6 gondolas
    • 6 doges
  • 14 numbered cards (values 1-3)

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 4.7 in 3 reviews

by Corey
Fabulous two-player game
May 07, 2004

Rules are simple and straightforward. It takes a few minutes to get started but after one game you'll have the rules mastered.

My wife and I have played this game almost nightly since buying it. It is a very good game, and usually takes no more than half an hour. But beware! You'll probably end up playing two or three times in a row at least!

By far this game's best feature is that it is hard for the game to be a blowout --- often times both players will be on the verge of winning and only because of turn order will one player win out over the other. There are enough elements of luck within the game mechanics to keep the game close. My wife is a definite non-gamer but this game has been extremely enjoyable for both of us. It is definately more 'non-gamer-friendly' than other two-player card games like Hera&Zeus or Odin's Ravens.

If you are looking for a card game that is easy to learn, has great replay value, and is an excellent 'middle-ground' between you and your non-gamer friend, look no further than Canal Grande.

Grande Game
January 09, 2003

Canal Grande is a superb little two player game. You get a deck which at first glance seems rather dull and boring. But don't be deceived! While certainly not a lengthy, super complex game, Canal Grande does offer quick gameplay, enough depth to make every game interesting and close, and no game is the same.

The heart of the game is one player drawing time and action cards and making them up into two 'offers'. Then the opposing player chooses the cards in one of the offers, plays out those cards (sometimes as simple as adding them to theur hand, other times having a Doge call for a vote, stealing cards from the other player, or getting more cards from the action deck).

You are trying to get control of one card from each district, there are 6, or 4 cards from one district. This short review really does not do justice to this clever game, but suffice it to say, there's more to it than meets the eye!

While the game may appear pricey at first, I guarantee that if you play any of the Kosmos 2 plaer games, you will enjoy this game. ( I own lots of them myself) I am very glad I picked up a copy from Funagain- almost as an afterthought with some other games. It has been played about 15 times in two weeks, with the wife and friends. All have enjoyed it.

Well done game, lots of replayability, easy to learn and get going, plays quick, 5 stars, all deserved.

by Kitty
good 2 player gane
November 29, 2003

I have not played San marco so I cannot compare the two. Canal Grande itself plays pretty well because the rules are pretty simple once you understand it, and it's small enough to bring it when you are not near your big box games. The instruction on this game is a bit confusing when first reading it, but once you get through that, rest is pretty easy. I suppose if you played san marco, rules should be somewhat familiar. Art on the cards are kinda fuzzy like, not exactly great to look at, but it's bearable. For a card game it's not bad.

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