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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall, the game is very enjoyable and only takes a few turns to explain and learn the mechanics. However, since the game is solely based on colors (unlabeled tiles), this game... Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by Jim
This game was a lot of fun the first couple of times we played it; but it didn't take long until one of us discovered the loophole in the game rules that makes "sandbagging" an... Read morePublished on February 15, 2012 by ryesteve
Love this game, so many strategy variants! And i didnt use any of the three extensions yet!
Hours of fun!
This game is OK, my complaint is that it takes a long time to play and is very repetitive. Buy ingredients, make painting, win game. Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by Jim