Rainy Day Game's Board Game Review of The Princes of Florence:
The Princes of Florence in Summary
In the tradition of other great development games like Puerto Rico and Tigris and Euphrates, the Princes of Florence board game offers a deep strategic challenge to fans of German board games.
As the Prince, your city must be developed with parks and ponds, entertainers and political freedoms to attract the cultural elite. These artisans and scholars will create beautiful works of wonder in your city earning you prestige and glory.
But with all the improvements to be made in your city, you have precious little time and even less money. A myriad of choices have to be made to steer your city to the greatest glory in the land. It’s an hour of gaming that will leave any fan of the development genre ready to set the board up again immediately.
The Princes of Florence Gameplay
The goal of the Princes of Florence board game is to lure artisans and scholars to your city. These scholars are attracted by various conditions in your town such as the building present, the improvements you’ve made such as parks and greenspace, and by the range of political freedoms you allow them. There are also other enticements such as Entertainers you can employ which make you more attractive to these members of the elite.
The first phase of The Princes of Florence is an auction. City improvements, entertainers, architects and other goodies are put up for auction and the highest bidder takes them. The bluffing and positioning here seems to determine the winner at our table. By giving away what you want, other players will drive up the price. If you can get your opponents into a bidding war for an improvement you don’t want and let them take it, you’ll have drained all their resources so they cannot give you trouble on your preferred piece. But watch out your bluffing doesn’t backfire because you can get caught with a piece you don’t want at a high price.
Next there is an Action Phase players can perform two actions from a list of possible actions. These include erecting a new building, declaring a new political freedom, or purchasing important cards such as bonus cards or the all important scholar cards.
But the really important part of the action phase is the employing of scholars. Each scholar looks for a particular kind of city to settle in. For example, the Theologian prefers a University, a Park and the political freedom of Religion. If those are present in your city, they will make up 10 points required to employ the Theologian. Other sources of points are entertainers (two points each), other scholars already employed (one point each) and bonus cards you may be able to use.
A total of 7 rounds take place, where players repeatedly improve their city, erect buildings and employ the elite artisans and scholars. By collecting a strong group of scholars you earn victory points. Money and buildings also yeild victory points. After the 7th turn players compare their victory point total to see who is the greatest Price of Florence!
Who should buy The Princes of Florence?
We cannot recommend Prices of Florence highly enough. For all the gamers out there with an interest in Eurogames, and especially city development games, The Princes of Florence board game should be a required part of your game cabinet. The agonizing choices to be made, the bluffing and bidding of the auction, the careful planning of your city layout: The Princes of Florence is really one of the Princes of our games collection.
The Manufacturer's Board Game Review of The Princes of Florence:
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!
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