Belgium, 15th Century. The first stock market opens its doors. All of Europe has set its eyes on the wealthy and influential city of Bruges.
In this game, your objective will be to gather influence with the local merchants, bureaucrats, nobles, and the many others that rule this beautiful city. With their help, you hope to gain prestige, reputation, and power.
But you must be careful, as disasters lurk nearby. Ruse, tactical thinking, and a little luck will allow you to pull ahead. And if that is not enough, the shadier denizens of the city will be more than happy to help.
The game includes 165 character cards, with each card having one of five colours.
On a turn, a player chooses one of his cards and performs an action, with six different actions being available:
Take workers, take money, mitigate a threat, build a canal, build a house or hire the character depicted on the card.
In principle, every card can be used for every action – but the colour of the card determines in which areas the actions can be used or the strength of the chosen action, e.g., blue cards provide blue workers and red cards help mitigate red threats. All of the action is geared toward the gathering of prestige, with the most prestigious merchant winning in the end.
2013 International Gamers Award, General Strategy: Multi-player Nominee.
2013 Spiel des Jahres Kennerspiel des Jahres Nominee
Nb of players: 2 to 4
Game time: 60 min.
Age group: 12 years and +
1 game board
4 50/100 points tiles
6 Statue tokens
20 1-guilder pieces
24 3-guilder pieces
45 Threat markers
40 Canal tokens
4 large player emblems
4 small player emblems
8 player pawns
12 Majority markers
9 Overview cards
1 Start player banner
Designed by Stefen Feld
It may not be possible to ship very heavy items outside of the Mainland UK.
Released: 28 August 2013