The Princes of Florence
A game in progress.
|Designer(s)||Wolfgang Kramer and Richard Ulrich|
Rio Grande Games
|Players||2 to 5|
|Setup time||5–10 minutes|
|Playing time||60–120 minutes|
|Skill(s) required||Economic management, Strategic thought, City Building|
The Princes of Florence is a German board game designed by Wolfgang Kramer and Richard Ulrich published in 2000 by Alea in German and by Rio Grande Games in English. Players assume the roles of Florentine Princes who wish to design their own villas to allow artists to create great works of prestige. Through seven rounds, each containing an auction phase and two action phases, the Princes pay for landscaping, buildings, freedoms, and various services and bonuses. At the end of the seven rounds, whoever has the most Prestige Points wins.
An interesting strategic element is that whenever new buildings are placed in the player's villa, they may not touch other buildings, unless certain conditions are achieved first. This leads to not always being able to purchase the most advantageous buildings if they be fitted into the playing area.
Awards and rankings
- Winner, Meeples' Choice Award 2000
- Winner, International Gamers Award 2001
- Winner, Nederlandse Spellenprijs 2007
- 4th Place, Deutscher Spiele Preis, 2000
- Ranked #8 on BoardGameGeek (as of March 2008)
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