Condottiere

  • Dominique Ehrhard, Duccio Vitale
  • 2 - 6 Players (best with 3 - 4)
  • 45-60 mins
  • Score Attack (full versus)
  • Light weight

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Condottieri ("contractors") were Italian mercenary captains commanding free companies of soldiers.
Each round a specific territory is chosen to fight over. Players then take turns playing cards or passing, attempting to amass the largest army. When all players have passed, the player with the highest total claims the territory. Besides normal mercenary cards, there are also special cards that can quickly turn the tide of battle. But be careful, in future rounds players can only use the cards left in their hand of 10, until everyone runs out of cards.
When a player claims their 5th territory (or 3 in a row) they win the game. Simple to teach, quick to play, travels well.