CMON to publish Lorenzo il Magnifico and updated Council of Four
November 16, 2016 - 7:57am
CMON and Cranio Creations' first collaboration, Unusual Suspects, has hits stores and already they are liking the buzz they are getting, so they want to continue the relationship with two more games. The first game is a Lorenzo il Magnifico, in it "players control prominent families during the Italian renaissance, aiming to become the most influential among the other players. To do so, they must earn victory points by sending the members of their families out to gather resources, gain development cards (representing a multitude of different things, such as new territory, influential people and more), and put those development cards to use. Of course, the families must also pay their respect to the Church or face hard penalties when the time comes." The game was showcased at Essen 2016 and was well received and so they will publish it in English with the same art and mechanics. The second game is an updated and revamped version of the game Council of Four, one that Tom Vasel of the Dice Tower tried to get for the Dice Tower Essentials line of games. In the Council of 4, players take on the rolls of rich merchants in a prosperous Empire that’s divided into three Kingdoms. The Kingdoms are each ruled by a council of four nobles. Players will do whatever it takes to obtain building permits for their Emporiums within the Kingdoms’ cities. Bribery and political power struggles abound; even the Queen is not above being swayed, overlooking the need for permits from time to time. The player that gains the most points through connecting Emporiums, having the most in a Kingdom’s cities, obtaining permits, or increasing their rank on the nobility track will win the game. The game also contains a modular board and different options for gameplay are chosen at the beginning, making this a highly varied and replayable game. While the mechanics of the game remain largely untouched, they have updated the art of the game and included miniatures, because what is a CMON game without minis? Look for both of these games on store shelves in the second quarter of 2017.