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Fresco Board Game [Toy]


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  • Fresco is suitable for 2 to 4 players
  • ages 10 and up
  • playing time 44 to 60 minutes
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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  • Shipping Weight: 7.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003E2FWT0
  • Item model number: QNG60592
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,714 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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The ceiling in the cathedral is getting on a bit and is in urgent need of restoration. The bishop is awaiting important visitors and wants to show off his church from its best side. The players slip into the role of the fresco painters in this colorful family game and have to prove their abilities: But only the player who plans cleverly can win! This fascinating game already contains 3 expansion modules which can be combined with the basic game in any desired manner to influence the scope of the game. Elaborately structured game cards, additional colored pieces and lots of bonus counters provide even more excitement!

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Easy to learn as rules are not complicated.
Jagerin
This experience was much better than the two player variant.
DaBrandoChipper
This board game is made of high quality materials.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jagerin on May 27, 2011
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A strategic game similar to Stone Age, only with less chance involved. I was hooked by the theme of the game and from the first opening of the box, you get the sense of entering into the medieval artist's world.

PROS:
1) Beautiful! Much care has been put into the artwork and the pieces included. It is absolutely worthy of it's artistic theme. The makers have even bothered to create the inside of the box aesthetically pleasing. You just have to see it to appreciate it.
2) Easy to learn as rules are not complicated. There is a fairly lengthy rulebook, but once you start playing, everything seems to flow very smoothly. Probably simple enough to play with older children.
3) 3 expansions included. I'm not sure why they're called expansions if they're included in the original, but I see it as a plus.
4) Can be played with 2 players.
5) Not much danger of a runaway leader.

CONS:
1) No creativity on players' parts, despite artistic theme.

I would highly recommend this game to people who love strategy. It's only very slightly more complicated than what a non-gamer can handle, but having said that, I think this game would be fine for all sorts of gamers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rob Reinhardt on April 22, 2011
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As an avid board game player, I can note that this game has had some staying power with the people I've spoken with. It also currently almost cracks the top 100 on the board game geek web site. But that doesn't mean you have to be a hardcore board gamer to enjoy it. While the rules can be a bit daunting at first for those not used to these kinds of strategy games, playing through a round or two tends to make it all come together nicely.

The premise of the game is that you are an artist and you score points by creating works of art. This may be by painting a section of the ceiling in the cathedral or doing smaller projects. The player interaction comes into play as you jockey for position and turn order so that you can balance the costs of going sooner with pay offs. For example, going first means you get first choice from the available paint colors in the market and first opportunity to paint sections of the chapel. It also means your apprentices will be unhappy with you for getting them up so early and the costs of the paints will be more expensive.

For beginners, I strongly recommend leaving out the "expansion" pieces of the game in your first play. Learn the basics first and you won't risk getting frustrated at the complexity that the expansions add. After that first game, jump right into them, however, as they do add a lot of flavor and more choices to the game. Experienced euro/strategy/designer gamers should have no problem jumping right in and playing the full game with all expansions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony on May 31, 2011
I have been reading about this game for a while and my wife got it for me for my birthday. We played that night with some fellow board-gamers and were very impressed with the game mechanics. We really liked the wake-up time and how that affected the rest of the turn. The first game we played, the game felt somewhat "clunky" and a bit odd as we learned how to play. The second game we played was completely different since we understood the rules and started using some basic strategy. It is an amazing game with great artwork and is extremely well balanced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DaBrandoChipper on July 5, 2012
I had my eye on Fresco for a while and it seemed like a game my wife and I would like. We had enjoyed many games of Stone Age together and there seemed to be a big overlap in the fans of both games. So eventually I decided to spend the $40 and add Fresco to our growing collection.

On first seeing the game, I was very impressed with the production. The tiles are thick and colorful and the board is very appealing. Some complain the art is not an accurate rendering of the time period, but that does not bother me. In addition to the attractiveness of the board, it is quite functional and uses its space well. The board is also double sided allowing for scalability of varying number of players. Even the box is top notch and one you would likely want to preserve.

My first game was a two player game and hence required the use of Leonardo, the dummy player. Players take turns controlling Leonardo whose primary purpose is to remove tiles from the Fresco and threaten to close down paint markets maintaining the tension between the two human players. When you are first learning the game, Leonardo feels disruptive to the play of the game. Once players are familiar with the game, the dummy player's function feels more natural and players learn to use its function to directly interfere with their opponent's plans. That said, the dummy player is still a bit clumsy when compared to some other games that require a dummy type variant when played with two. Homesteaders and Glen More come immediately to mind as two games that use a dummy variant in a much more natural way than Fresco. Leonardo does not ruin the two player game by any means, but it does make you try to find a third player.

I have also played several games of Fresco as a four player.
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By Mike Contreras on March 29, 2013
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I had seen a review of this game on youtube and thought the theme of being a master painter in a renaissance church was intriguing. After seeing that Fresco got a favorable review on the Dice Tower, I immediately ordered it. The rules are simple to grasp and the game play is very fun mixing paint colors to restore fresco tiles of the church. I played the first couple of games without the included expansions and added them when I felt comfortable with the base rules.

The one thing that disappointed me was that the bishop piece was missing from the box and I had to go and buy a generic bishop piece from my local game store to play the game. I emailed Queen Games about this and they ended up sending me two bishops at no cost.

Fresco is a really great game and I like the mechanic of each master painter vying for turn order by waking up early or sleeping in.
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