Friday, February 3, 2012

Game Profile: Patrician

Towering glory - build the tallest towers in Italy.


Classification Light Strategy Game
Mechanics Set Collection, Area Control, Area Influence
Publication Mayfair Games, 2007
Ages 10+
Time 50
Players 2 - 5
Description

"Patrician Towers" is the name given to the tall tower-like houses built by influential men during the Middle Ages.  These magnificent buildings dominated the towns of Italy for centuries.  They were the physical representation of the power and prosperity of the Patrician families: the more influential the family, the taller the tower.

In Patrician players are master builders competing to build the tallest towers in the cities across Italy.  In the game there are building cards that depict a city's crest and either a Patrician portrait or one of 2 special action symbols. On each turn players will play a building card from their hand face up in front of them.  The played card then allows the player to place their tower floor marker(s) in the city represented by the crest on the card and take to any special action that may be indicated on the card.  Round after round floors are added constructing 2 towers in each city.  When both towers in a city are complete, the players who have constructed the most floors in that city receives victory point tokens. Additionally, victory points are gained for every set of 3 matching Patrician portraits in each players played pile of building cards.  The builder with the most victory points is the victor.  The key in Patrician is in positioning yourself within the cities to be at the right place at the right time to gain the best victory points.

You can also watch this video for an overview of Patrician


We have an open copy of Patricain available in our Demo Games Library for you come in and try out.



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