Lorenzo il Magnifico sees players as clashing noble families in Renaissance Italy. This is a medium-to-heavy weight Euro-style strategy game from Cranio Creations. The design team’s impressive: Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli and Simone Luciani. They’ve also produced the likes of Coimbra, Grand Austria Hotel, and The Voyages of Marco Polo. And, like those games, Lorenzo il Magnifico features a wonderful dice mechanism, too!
The Lorenzo here is Lorenzo de’ Medici, a Florentine patron. He was a powerful and influential figure, and the players here aim to earn their own prestige and fame. (Ahem, points.) The game lasts six rounds, and most points wins. Set collection, worker placement, and economic/resource management simulation occur here.
At the start of each round, three coloured dice get rolled. Their value equals the strength of your corresponding family member workers of that colour. These dice results impact the worker placement mechanism. Many spaces require that family members be of a certain strength (or above) to visit areas. Who will you send first? And where? Will you send your family members to the four towers to buy cards? They all cost resources, as well as dice values. Some represent buildings, characters, conquered territories or ventures. Collect the right cards and you can trigger them to get regular boosts. Then you can afford to buy more cards! It’s engine-building, and it’s wonderful.
Like any worker placement there’s a first-come, first-served system. But there’s also passive ways to block. It costs precious florins to visit locations if you don’t get there first. You start by drafting goal cards, which are worth big points. But points – and game-long benefits – can get snatched away if you don’t pay attention to the church. Religion played a monumental part in the Renaissance; ignore it at your peril!
Lorenzo il Magnifico ticks all the boxes for those who love crunchy Euro games. It comes from designers with real pedigree in this heavier bracket of strategy games.
Player Count: 2-4 players
Time: 60-120 minutes