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The Prince: The Struggle of House Borgia



 
Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games
List Price: $29.95
Our Price: $29.95
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Designer: Alexander S. Berg
Year: 2003
Number of Players: 3-5
Time to Play: 90 Min.
Ages: 12+

Stock Status:In Stock
Availability:: Usually Ships in 24 to 48 Hours
Product Code: RGG018

Description
 
In Southern and Western Europe, 1475 - 1550 was a period of Renaissance, a new cultural and social movement inspired by the Classical Era.  Italy was in turmoil, and rival city states, controlled by influential families, vied for power.  Some well-known names of that period are: de Medici, della Rovere, Colonna, Orsini, and the most infamous of them all: the originally Spanish House of Brogia.

The Florentine statesman Niccolo Machiavello (1469 - 1527) served as a diplomat under Cesare Brogia, and saw from up close the devilish methods with which this ruler expanded his wealth - and power.  Rodrigo Borgia, later Pope Alexander I, has been named :the best incarnation of the devil on earth:. Based on his experiences with the Borgias Machiavelli wrote his controversial Il Principe (The Prince), stating that rejectable methods like corruption and murder are acceptable if it is in the interest of the ruler.

The Prince: The Struggle of House Borgia is a colourful cardgame, in which the players represent one of the great, powerful Italian families in Renaissance Italy.  Making the best of available resources, and using the political influence of your family, you pave the way for your ultimate goal, which will guarantee your family fame, wealth and even more power: the Papacy.  The road to becoming Pope is long and twisted: you will need to connive with other families, gain fame by becoming patron of remarkable artists, gain Papal offices, strongholds in the patrimony of St. Peter, and cast sums of money, mind your military power, and jostle for position and political leverage until the time comes for the elector cardinals to retreat into their enclave and cast their votes for a new pope.
Features
  • Contents:
  • 60 playing cards
  • 30 cardinals
  • 120 ducat pieces
  • 1 Pope
  • 1 game turn indicator
  • 5 victory points indicators
  • 5 family displays
  • 1 election pad

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