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Renaissance Man Board Game

3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Players: 1 to 4
  • Ages: 13+
  • Gametime: 30 Minutes
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Each player is a Renaissance Man, skilled as a Scholar, a Merchant, a Knight, and a Baker. The goal is to train, hire, and recruit others, aiming to produce a Master of one of these 4 areas of study.

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Product Dimensions 10.9 x 7.5 x 2.8 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B00FA2U490
Item model number RIO497
Manufacturer recommended age 13 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #515,488 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#12,404 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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3.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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I love strategy games, and I love card games. Rio Grande’s Renaissance Man is a masterful mix of both. The goal is to create a “master.” In order to do so, you must stack 14 supporting workers (from level one of 5, level two of 4, and so on) underneath the final, game-winning master placed at the top of the pyramid. Sounds easy? Not quite. In order to stack a worker, you practically need to align the stars. The two symbols at the bottom corners of the one card must match perfectly with the symbols at the top of the supporting workers below. Thus, you may have access to any number of workers, but that “right one” will only appear every so often. Then, another player may fight you for it! And it gets more and more difficult the further up the pyramid you climb (four different options quickly turns to three then two then just one!). One way to counteract the difficulty of collecting the right worker is to build a Renaissance Man (i.e., a wild card). In order to build him, four workers (one of each kind) must be turned in for each of four types. But there’s a downside to using a Renaissance Man: he doesn’t provide any actions and, in fact, eliminates the two available actions from the characters below him!

There are four possible actions to take: a Merchant allows you to hire a worker (i.e., place on your pyramid), a Baker allows you to barter (i.e., save an action token for later use), a Teacher allows you to teach (i.e., placing a token to build a Renaissance Man), and a Knight allows you to Recruit (i.e. place a knight piece on the recruit board to “bid” for one of three workers). One major component of the game is the ability to remove any visible worker at any time (without using an action) thus freeing up actions.
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This is an abstract pyramid building game. In this game players are trying to build a pyramid of men with different professions, the first person to add a card to the top of their pyramid is the winner. This is done by doing actions and those action are on the cards, but only the exposed cards can be used. So the higher the pyramid gets the fewer actions available.

It's a very neat idea and it works very well but it is also quite abstract which doesn't align with my interests the best. The art doesn't do it any favors, all very dull and brown. Plus I have another somewhat abstract pyramid building game called Viceroy that is a lot more engaging and has a lot, lot better artwork.

So this game almost seems superfluous if you can get hold of that one. They play differently and if you want something a lot simpler then this is maybe the better option but everything from gameplay, in my opinion, to the production values of Viceroy trumps this game completely.
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My full video review can be found here http://www.gameboygeek.com/#!renaissance-man/ck5s
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By neodem on October 15, 2013
I just got this the other day and payed a few times with my friends. We are all casual gamers and not too hardcore. What I like best about this game is that there is a lot of strategy in it. You can learn it and play it pretty easily but as you and your friends get better and better it gets harder and harder..

Give this a try!
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