GGenoa, in the middle of the 16th century, is the largest trading city in the
Mediterranean. The many trading houses compete to be the richest and most
profitable. But to be succesful, they must sometimes cooperate.
The players take the roles of traders in Genoa. They fulfill orders, deliver
messages, and take ownership of important buildings in the city. Of course, this
is not possible without the help of the other traders. And that can cost
money... and other valuable goods!
Of course, this is not possible without the help of other traders. And that can
cost money... and other valuable goods!
The game takes 7 to 12 rounds, depending on the number of players. In each
round, each player takes one turn. On his turn, a player may move the trader
tower through Genoa. By moving the tower, the players may visit up to 5 spaces,
most of them buildings. In each building, specific actions may be taken. On a
player's turn, he may take only one of the five possible actions. But, he can
sell the other actions, at a reasonable profit of course, to the other players.
If he sets the price too high, the other players will refuse to buy and the
actions will remain undone. If he sets the price too low, the other players will
rejoice and he will lose possible profits.
Through skilled negotiations, the players try to get the actions that will bring
them the orders and messages they want, and then they will try to fulfill or
deliver them quickly. Clever players will also find that the ownership of
buildings and special cards can be very important.
At game end, the player with the most ducats is the winner!
1 game board
40 ware markers
28 special cards
60 game cards
35 owner markers
80 bank notes
1 trader tower
1 round marker
1 rule booklet
||International Gamers Awards
Best Strategy Game Nominee 2002
||Spiel des Jahres