Merchants of Florence


Cloth trade was an important source of wealth for Florence; the Guild of Cloth Merchants was patron for buildings and artworks and tried to assume civic power. As a member of this guild, you win prestige from cloth deliveries to other towns and supervising construction of buildings and artworks.

You take turns to activate actions; scoring phases between turns yield victory points. The active player places an action disc on an action case - for resources (Wood, Brick, Marble), Building (Ship, Trade House or Workshop), Artwork for a building under construction or the City Council, Weave to produce cloth, Ship to deliver to Port Cities, Transport to deliver to Trade Cities or Contributions, available from slots to the left and right of the disc - or on top of discs already in place; such a stack can hold maximum four discs.

Then you resolve the actions, maybe including action cards; for a white disc, you can do the actions twice; if you cannot do an action, you draw an action card. The owners of the 2nd and 3rd disc in a stack, if applicable, then also do the actions. An eventual 4th disc is placed into the City Council and triggers a scoring - all count their cubes in City, Building under Construction, Artworks, Port Cities, Trade Cities and Contributions, the three best scores in each category score victory points. After 15 such scorings or when all players have placed all discs there is an end-of-game scoring of scoring cards and you win with most points.

A flawless, excellent worker placement game, featuring few components and tight, attractive mechanisms like the random sequencing of scoring tiles at the start of the game.


Players: 3-5


Time: 75+

Designer: Fabio Lopiano

Artist: Harald Lieske

Price: ca. 60 Euro

Publisher: Stronghold Games 2018


Genre: Worker placement

Users: With friends

Version: en

Rules: de en es

In-game text: no



Tight, streamlined mechanisms

Few components

Mechanisms interlock very well

Absolutely recommendable


Compares to:

Worker placement in general


Other editions:

Arrakis (es), ADC Blackfire (de)


Chance (pink): 1

Tactic (turquoise): 3

Strategy (blue): 2

Creativity (dark blue): 0

Knowledge (yellow): 0

Memory (orange): 0

Communication (red): 0

Interaction (brown): 3

Dexterity (green): 0

Action (dark green): 0