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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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Condottiere is a game of intrigue, guile, and warfare in Renaissance Italy for 2-6 players. Take command of a mercenary army and carve out your own personal kingdom!
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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.
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.
While far from ideal with two or six players, it's best with four or five players, and decent with three players. With these numbers, it offers a lot of game in a small and easy to learn package. The game has randomness, but it is mitigated by good hand management and the quick play time.
The bottom line: Especially for four or five players, this is a quick little card game that offers a lot of replayability and strategy in a small package. - EndersGame @ BGG
The artwork is very well done. The game is not overly involved but still keeps ones interest. It can be played in under an hour. The packaging is very nice. It is not a bulky game.
I would make modification for a 2 player game: First remove all scarecrow cards. Second ignore the concept of "rounds", instead each player discards their entire hand after every "battle" with the option to keep two cards.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a really fun game that isn't so long that it gets boring. Typically the game lasts about 45 minutes after everyone learns the rules, but I've played games that are as... Read morePublished 11 months ago by mya
This is a great game to play with a small group of friends. A ton of fun, easy to learn, hard to master! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Daniel S. Bishop
I love fast paced games you can play with a group of people. Condottiere is a game that does just that. Read morePublished 22 months ago by JulianIV
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. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Timothy L. Knaak
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. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Christopher Neil
I tend to have trouble with many games; they either have too many rules that keep people from wanting to play them or they're way too silly so you don't care about the outcome at... Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This is a great small game to start or end a game night. It's a fun and easy game that anyone can play. Read morePublished on September 18, 2013 by CBAA
The instructions are a little confusing but then we got the hang of it. The board split after one use but it is fun.Published on April 4, 2013 by nannycozza
A simple to learn and quick playing card game.
It offers enough options and challenges to keep you playing again and again.