Medici

Grail Games and acclaimed designer Reiner Knizia have teamed up once again for another game in the Medici line.  After a successful reprint of the auction game Medici, followed by Medici: The Card Game, Grail Games has just launched a Kickstarter campaign for Medici: The Dice Game.

Medici: The Dice Game utilizes five custom dice with faces representing goods of different values.  Each player’s sheet represents the cargo hold of a ship.   The person who rolls the dice will get to select up to three of them for their ship, while the other players will select one of the remaining dice.  Players will score their ships based on the value of goods and majority of commodities, similar to the original game.  The game is for two to four players and features illustrations from Vincent Dutrait, who also provided the art for the previous games.

The Kickstarter campaign includes pledge levels for just the new dice game, as well as, a bundle of all three Medici games.  You can learn more about the game and see the campaign by clicking here.

Medici (1995) is a classic designed by one of the most influential people in board games, DOCTOR Reiner Knizia, and is the distilled pure essence of an auction game. Players bid their points on collections of goods, some they want, some they don’t, earning more points by set collection of those goods. Period. End of story.  Medici inspired an excellent card game version in 2016, and now Grail Games has announced the third in the family,  Medici: The Dice Game.

Also designed by the good doctor, Medici: The Dice Game is a dice drafting, roll and write game, which retains the simple elegance of the original. 2-4 players will spend their turns over 3 rounds filling the hold of their ship, trying to collect the most valuable goods, as well as majorities in each good type. Once again using the stunning artistic talents of Vincent Dutrait, Medici: The Dice Game is scheduled to hit Kickstarter in November 2019. For more information, check out Grail Games website here.

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Medici is one of Reiner Kinizia’s classic designs, and it recently got a reprint through Kickstarter courtesy of Grail Games.  Well now they are back to fund the card game version of the game, aptly called, Medici: The Card Game.  This takes the bidding mechanic of the full board game and turns it into a push your luck mechanic with drawing from a central stack of cards.  On your turn you will draw up to three cards from the deck, always drawing at least one, and then deciding if you want more than just the last card you drew.  This goes around until someone reaches seven cards in hand, play then stops and the day is scored, giving out points for what you are holding and what is in your warehouses.  After scoring you take the cards in your hand and put them into your warehouses for scoring in later rounds.  At the end of the third day, whoever has the most points is the winner.

While the tight bidding of the board game kept me away, turning it into a light push your luck card game will definitely get me interested.  It also helps that the art is stunning and done by the highly regarded Vincent Dutrait, so I am definitely backing this game.  If you want to join in then head on over to the campaign page to snag a copy for yourself.

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Just a few months ago in February, Grail Games Kickstarted the reprint of the Reiner Knizia game Medici, now they have a new version of the game to publish as well, Medici the Card Game.  Unlike it’s full sized brother, the card game will feature no auctions, but has a push your luck type mechanic to help retain the tenseness of the larger game.  On a turn the active player will draw 1 to 3 cards and always has to keep the last card drawn, then they decide if they want to keep the other cards they drew, or leave them for the next player.  Any cards they keep are immediately loaded on their ship and once their ship is full it is scored.  You score based on the value of the cargo on your ship, as well as the commodities you have stored in your warehouse.  Some cards add value to the ship without taking up space, but often can’t be held in warehouses, making the choices in the game no less critical than in the auction style board game.  Grail Games will have copies of this new game to demo at GenCon and it will see general release in the first quarter of 2017.

Grail Games announces Reiner Knizia’s Medici: The Card Game

This all-new design, sister to the classic Medici board game, will be the first entrant to the Medici & Strozzi family of games in nine years, and will feature stunning new artwork by Vincent Dutrait.

Sydney, Australia – Monday, June 20 th , 2016. Today, Grail Games announced that it will be publishing the English language edition of a brand new game, Medici: The Card Game. It will be available to demo at the upcoming Gen Con in Indianapolis, and is due to be released in Q1 2017.

Designed by famed games designer Dr Reiner Knizia (Medici, Tigris & Euphrates, Samurai, Ra, etc.), Medici: The Card Game will feature artwork by Vincent Dutrait (Medici, Rise of Augustus, Lewis & Clark, Broom Medici: The Card Game will be the first new edition to Knizia’s Medici & Strozzi line of games since 2008. While sharing the same setting as the Medici board game, it is an all-new design that, in contrast to the other games in its family, does not feature auctions.

“To create an entirely new game that has the same ‘feel’ as Medici, while offering something different to players, was an invigorating design challenge,” said game designer Reiner Knizia. “Without auctions, the new game is easier for first-time players, but make no mistake, it’s not all smooth water to victory. I can’t wait to see people playing it all over the world, established fans of Medici and new players, alike.”

Medici: The Card Game will be adorned with stunning illustrations by award-winning artist Vincent Dutrait. “To be asked to revisit Medici was a welcome invitation,” he said. “I believe I have illustrated the game in such a way as to be beautiful as well as highly functional. Medici: The Card Game will be able to sit proudly next to its big brother, Medici, on any gamer’s shelf.”

Medici: The Card Game is set in 15th century Florence. Players will try to acquire the most valuable goods for their merchant ships by drawing 1-3 cards from a common deck each turn. After drawing, the active player will take cards from the display. Cards that are not taken remain available to future players. Once a player’s boat is full (seven cards with two players, five cards with 3-6 players), they are out of the round and the day is scored.

Players score points for the value of their ships’ holds, but also for the number of commodities of each type that they have stored in their warehouse. The highest earning merchant over three days wins the game. Some cards do not take up space on ships, while others contribute to the value of a hold, but cannot be stored in warehouses.

Medici: The Card Game is for 2-6 players and takes approximately 30 minutes to play. The game will include: 110 cards, 50 scoring tokens, and a rule book. An accurate release date and MSRP will be confirmed soon.

Grail Games is a board and card game publisher located in Sydney, Australia. Our games include Medici, Elevenses, Matcha, Circus Flohcati and Jeju Island. Our focus is on board and card games that are family friendly, fast to teach, and that offer depth and replayability. To find out more, please visit www.grailgames.com.au