It’s the 1400s, and you’re in Venice, trying to make a name for yourself as a merchant. Buy goods to sell and trade at your benefit. Gain gold and prestige by completing orders of the Guild Hall craftsmen. Deal with spices, silks, gems, iron, grain, and more! But Venice is demanding and filled with politics… Use your ducats wisely and take all the help you can get! Above all, by low and sell high! Do you have what it takes to be MASTER OF VENICE?
The first thing I noticed about Masters of Venice is the artwork. Jared Blando’s artwork on the cover alone is enough to make me buy this game. It looks like an oil painting from decades ago. It’s so regal, so stunning.
This game comes with a game board, five shop cards, six character cards, one gondola, five movement and bidding dials, 70 shares of stock, 90 resource cubes, one resource bag, six church favors, one gondola marker, 15 rumors, 21 guild order cards, 16 price pegs, five player pawns, 10 player disks, and 138 ducats.
Frank DiLorenzo‘s game design is really interesting. Games that focus on economy/commodity are always fun. This game is no exception. There are tons of moves to make and a lot of strategies to be followed. Being able to control and manipulate your own market is both interesting and entertaining.
The only thing I might change is the directions. Not only are they a bit confusing, but there are a lot of things to remember. I don’t see anyone memorizing how to play this game or even trying to without the instructions. Once you understand most of it, though, gameplay is pretty smooth. It takes all of about an hour to two and a half, depending on how many players you have. Masters of Venice can be played with two to five players, and gameplay allows for about 30 minutes per player.
Overall, this is a great game designed to take up a good chunk of time at any game night. R&R Games, Inc. has put out a lot of themed games like this one, and all are worth your time. This is a really immersive game that requires a lot of attention and concentration. If you’ve got the time for it, this is definitely one to check out.