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Condottiere


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  • An elegant card game of conquest and intrigue
  • Fantastic artwork depicting the Italian renaissance
  • For Ages: 12+
  • Number of Players: - 6
  • Playing Time: 45 min
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 4 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: 1589943376
  • Item model number: SL01
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,441 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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CONDOTTIERE is game of intrigue, guile, and warfare in Renaissance Italy for 2-6 players. Take command of mercenary army and carve out your own personal kingdom! CONDOTTIERE includes: game board110 cards1 Condottiere token1 Favor of the Pope token36 control markers in different colors1 Rulebook

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Fantasy Flight Games Condottiere 3rd Edition (FFG SL01)

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The artwork is very well done.
pbeckmann
This is a great game to play with a small group of friends.
Daniel S. Bishop
A simple to learn and quick playing card game.
Paul Harmaty

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daltonovich on September 25, 2010
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Condottiere is a fun, accessible card game that takes about 30-45 minutes to play depending on the number of players. The gamebox itself is small and sturdy, and easily holds all of its components inside. Included with the game are 110 cards, a well-written rulebook, a small board depicting a map of 16th century Italy and a handful of wooden cubes in different colors (for the different players), as well as two sturdy wooden pawns (black and white) to show which city a battle is taking place in and which city is protected (more detail on that in a bit). The artwork on the cards is fantastic, and some of the best I've seen in a card game.

I'm not going to go into great detail of the game but the idea is that its the Renaissance and Italy; being made up of a number of small city states warring for dominance is trying to unite itself by means of the mercenaries at the time (Condottierri). To win, players must be the first to capture a specific number of cities on the board (if the cities are next to each other, the number required to win is smaller).

To capture a city, players alternate taking turns playing mercenary cards adding to their army strength until all but one player passes, the city state going to the highest strength army that resides there. There's also a number of interesting cards that have various effects that change the game up (the Bishop card for example, removes the highest strength mercenary card from the game and also makes one city untouchable until another bishop card is played). The cubes are placed on the board to show what city belongs to which player. There's a lot of fun involved in deciding when to play your cards because you won't receive new cards to use until all but one player are out of cards.

I highly recommend Condottiere to anyone looking for a fun, fairly simple card game that has quite a bit of depth and re-playability to it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Vaughan on December 7, 2008
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This is an excellent game for 3 or more people. (Theoretically it can be played by 2 people, but it isn't nearly as fun).

The basics of the game are that you use cards to fight battles as you attempt to control Renaissance Italy. Most of the game comes down to card battles between the participants, as they try to take over more of the regions on the map. There is some strategy involved in where on the map to fight battles (very straightforward) but most of the game is spent with the cards.

It's fun because it is a simple game, but has enough different sorts of cards that there are strategies for everyone. And it is a fast game! That means you can play a few games in the same time that it takes to play a single game of Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne. It is easy to learn, and even long-time players will find that every hand gives enough variety to keep it interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jeff on November 8, 2010
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Condottiere is easy to learn and plays fast, but it also has quite a bit of depth. It is for two to six players. I think it actually is more interesting with more players than fewer. It is essentially a trick taking game, however a new round doesn't begin until everyone is out of cards, so it is imperative to husband your resources accordingly. There is also a fair amount of strategic depth when it comes to deciding which territories to capture. Replayability is high. Most will enjoy this game.
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This is by far one of my favorite games, and it has so much of what I love in a game: strategy, bluffing, and the ability to plan ahead and make some great comeback victories. I will say, though, the basic rules are mediocre at best, but when you add the alternate rules--draw after battle and bigger kingdoms--the game goes from decent to amazing. The ability to plan ahead and spend just a few weak cards in order to stockpile for a strategic win is so great. Couple that with more effective bluffing in the more battles that typically take place, and this game tends to really come down to the wire. So much strategy opens up from this element and the game really shines at the things it does really well. Overall, fantastic game and one that I highly recommend (make sure to use those alternate rules!). :)
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This is a great game to play with a small group of friends. A ton of fun, easy to learn, hard to master!
I will say that there's a good hunk of luck in the game in terms of what cards you're dealt, and I prefer games not to be so chance-ridden, but this is still extremely enjoyable.
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By Sammuel Syphrett on April 12, 2014
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I love fast paced games you can play with a group of people. Condottiere is a game that does just that. Included in the heavy duty box are: The game board, 110 cards, the Condottiere token and the Favor of the Pope token, 36 control markers, and the rule book. The game board's art is really good as is the card art. This game makes me excited for board-game-parties because it is really fun. It involves strategy, bluffing, and a little bit of luck. I highly recommend it.
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We've been playing this at work. The game length works really well for lunch break. We've been playing 5 players regularly and everyone really loves it. The rules are simple, but the decision you face in the game are hard.
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By Christopher Neil on February 21, 2014
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Great low-key strategy game. The board and cards combination create a fun competition without the drama. From 2-5 players, though 2 can be less interesting. My family and friends love it, even the 'non-competitive' types.
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