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Name Fresco (2010)
Complexity 2.6372
BGG Rank 361
Player Count 2 - 4
Mechanism(s) Action Queue, Grid Movement, Market, Set Collection, Simultaneous Action Selection, Turn Order: Stat-Based

In Fresco, players are master painters working to restore a fresco in a Renaissance church.

Each round begins with players deciding what time they would like to wake up for the day. The earlier you wake up, the earlier you will be in turn order, and the better options you will be guaranteed to have. Wake up early too often, however, and your apprentices will become unhappy and stop working as efficiently. They would much rather sleep in!

Then, players decide their actions for the turn, deploying their apprentice work force to various tasks. You'll need to buy paint, mix paint, work on painting the fresco, raise money (which you'll need to buy the aforementioned paint!) by painting portraits, and perhaps even send your apprentices to the opera in order to increase their happiness. Points are scored mostly by painting the fresco, which requires specific combinations of paints, so you'll need to buy and mix your paints wisely, in addition to beating other players to the paints and fresco segments you would like to paint.

Fresco includes several expansion modules, so you can play without expansions for a lighter family game or add in expansions to vary play and increase the decision-making and difficulty, resulting in a very flexible game with a high replay value.

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Lists with this game

Organization Year Ranker Rank List
The Boardgame Mechanics 2019 Jason 27 Top 100 (2018)
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Chris 62 Top 100 Board Games of All Time – 2018 Edition
The Boardgame Mechanics 2019 Jason 35 2019 Boardgame Mechanics Top 100
Board Game Anonymous 2019 Chris 54 Top 100 2019