Here’s The Deal with The Princes of Florence, a tile placement auction board game set in Renaissance Italy. Watch my How to Play The Princes of Florence video if you want to see how the game is played.

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Hi! It’s Ryan from Nights Around a-Table, and this is The Princes of Florence, a tile placement auction game for 3-5 players. Here’s the deal.

You and your friends play wealthy Italian families during the Renaissance, like the Sforza or Medici. You’re winning items at auction to improve your principality, to make it more enticing for artsy-fartsy types to come there and create great works, which you can brag about to your rich buddies. By doing this you earn PP, or Prestige Points. At the end of 7 rounds, the player with the most PP wins the game.

You begin the game with 3 Profession cards. You can get more of these later. They represent the artsy-fartsy types you’re trying to attract. Each professional wants your principality to have certain buildings, landscape features, and freedoms. So the Botanist likes a Laboratory and a Park. He wants to enjoy freedom of religion. Just like anyone else, he likes being entertained by Jesters, and he’ll have a better time at your place the more professionals you have to keep him company. The Alchemist also likes a Laboratory, but he wants to see a Lake and to have freedom of Opinion.

You don’t have to have these features in your principality to please a professional, but each one you do have adds to the score that makes the artwork that a professional produces better and better.

And now you’re ready to play! If you’d like to know more about how to play, click the link at the end of this video or in the description below to watch my complete How to Play video, which includes the setup segment you just watched. And if you like what i’m doing, click the badge to subscribe, and the bell to get notifications. And now, we dance!

Get Your Own Copy of The Princes of Florence

The Princes of Florence is #4 in a series of games released by Rio Grande Games where the spines all line up like books and look pretty snazzy on your game shelf. i mention this because once you buy it, if you have a completionist streak, you may be compelled to pick up the rest of the games in that series!

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