Posted by James (admin) on 20th September 2010
Il Principe is a difficult game to categorise as it involves card management, bidding, area control and role taking. However, rather than delivering a confusing mix of genres, it delivers a tight game which I really enjoyed.
Players are building cities and institutions in Italy to earn victory points (VPs). At the start of each round, players receive 5 cash and 4 cards – the cards come in 5 colours each representing a different city institution (town hall, university, etc.). The players keep 2 cards and the rejected cards are combined and auctioned off colour-by-colour. After the auctions, a player can either (a) use cards and cash to build a city, or (b) place as many cards face-up in front of them of one colour showing control over the 5 different institutions.
There are 10 role cards (5 major & 5 minor in each colour). The player with the most face-up cards of each colour gets the matching-coloured major role uses the role’s benefit, e.g. the player with the most face-up green cards gets the Banker role card which earns them 2 extra cash. Read the rest of this entry »