Forget raindrops on roses... worker placement and custom bits are two of my favorite things. A medium-weight Euro that plays in about 20 minutes per player, with vibrant colors and a solo option? It's like they read my mind.
Venice lets players take the role of influential merchants as they ride their gondolas up and down the city's canals, train their assistants, complete contracts, and leverage their influence to gain political power. But merchants must avoid arousing the suspicion of the Venetian Inquisition, lest they find themselves arrested and their businesses shut down.
Venice is available for £39 (about $51) with all Kickstarter exclusives, stretch goals, and a free metal coin. If you missed the Ragusa campaign last year, you can bundle both titles for £74, including all Kickstarter exclusives and stretch goals from both campaigns. Group pledges are also available. Check out the campaign before it ends on December 15, 2019.
About the Game
Venice is a game of intrigue and engine-building, set during the time of the Venetian Inquisition in the mid-16th Century. Players are influential merchants attempting to build their businesses as well as a potential career in politics.
Throughout the game, they must navigate the canals, visiting buildings where they can buy and sell goods, trade in rumors, build bridges, and increase their influence.
Assistants are activated as gondolas pass by, and are promoted on the building where they end their movement, improving its ability for future rounds.
Lingering in busy docks and passing by other merchants can result in vicious gossip that can draw the attention of the Inquisition. At the end of the game, the Inquisition will arrest the player who has accumulated the most intrigue and close their business, taking away any chance of victory.
More on Kickstarter
The Kickstarter page has links to videos and the rulebook, plus great stretch goals, so be sure to check it out before it ends on December 15, 2019.