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Fresco With Expansion 1 2 3

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  • Artful family game
  • Beginners to advanced players
  • Strategy game
  • Easy to learn
  • Playing time: 120 minutes
  • 2 to 4 player game
  • 60 minutes to play
  • The players slip into the role of fresco painters in this colourful family game
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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An atmospheric family game by Marco Ruskowski and Marcel Süßelbeck. 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 assume 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! Includes expansions 1 - 3.

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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 colourful 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 coloured pieces and lots of bonus counters provide even more excitement.

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Product Dimensions 11.8 x 11.8 x 3.2 inches
Item Weight 4.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B003IBE27K
Item model number QUG60592
Manufacturer recommended age 10 - 14 years
Best Sellers Rank #197,022 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
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The rules are actually very simple once you get started. The several pages it takes to tell you how to play is a bit off-putting. However, this game is very fun and simple to play. That said, it is a strategy game - the difficulty level depends on whom you're playing with.

The game itself has no words so the language doesn't matter. You get instructions in English, French, Italian, & Spanish.
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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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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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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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This is a fun game and it comes with the first three expansions which add some nice variety to an already great game. One nice thing is that this game *isn't* that complex, although on first blush it may appear so.
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