Princes of the Renaissance
In Martin Wallace's Princes of the Renaissance, players take on the role of a Condottiere attempting to influence the major cities of Italy. Using money and power, players take a stake in one or more cities and use their resources to ensure that their chosen city gains prestige at the expense of others. Each city will attempt to attack or defend itself by hiring the players to lead their armies - but the outcome is not always as important to the Condottiere as gaining wealth or influence. Players will discover that even the Pope can be swayed... for the right price!