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 by painting portraits (which you'll need to buy the aforementioned paint!), 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 frescos 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.
- 2010: Pfefferkuchel Winner
- 2010: JOKER (Pour une autre idée du jeu), Winner
- 2010: Premio Juego del Año 2010 Nominee
- 2010: Gouden Ludo (Flanders), Nominee
- 2010: International Gamers Award Nominee
- 2010: Spiel des Jahres Nominee
- 2010: Deutscher Spiele Preis Winner
- 2010: Graf Ludo 2010 (Spielgrafik des Jahres) / (boardgame artwork of the year)
- 2010: As d'or / Jeu De L'Aneé 2011 Nominee
- 2010: Swiss Gamers Award 2011 5.th Rank
- 2011: J.U.G. JUG 2011 Nominee
- 2011: Årets Familiespill (Family Game of the Year, Norway) Nominee
- 1 double-sided game board
- 14 market tiles
- 25 fresco tiles with values from 3 to 11.
- 60 coins (Thalers) with values of 1 (36×), 5 (16×), and 10 (8×)
- 78 paint pieces, 17 each of red, yellow, blue; 9 each of green, purple, orange
- 4 natural-colored apprentices
- 20 apprentices, 5 each in 4 colors
- 12 master painters, 3 each in 4 colors
- 1 bishop
- 4 small screens
- 4 large screens
- 4 action sheets
- 4 cards showing tables of blending paints
- 1 linen bag
- 1 rules leaflet
- 18 portrait cards
- 12 request tiles
- 7 fresco tiles with values between 13 and 24
- 12 paint pieces, 6 each of pink and brown
- 4 enhanced tables of blending paints (on the back of the basic blending tables)
- 1 altar tile
- 1 Leonardo tile
BGID: 66188Category: RenaissanceTime: 60 minutesYear: 2010Artist: Oliver SchlemmerMechanics: Action / Movement Programming, Set Collection, Simultaneous Action Selection, Worker PlacementAges: 10 and up