13 Feb

Yesterday I stopped by a store in Durham, NC for the first time called SciFi Genre.  While there I picked up a box with 200 sleeves and some extra sleeves for my Ascension: Chronicle of the Godslayer game.   I also picked up a relatively new board game, Fresco.  I have played this game a few times at Hypermind and wanted to get a copy of my own to have here at the house.

The object of the game is to restore the Fresco Painting.  Players one at a time decide what time they are getting up and place their pawn on the spot from earliest to least.  Note the earlier you get up the less you are happy.

But fear not.  Getting up early does have its advantages too.

Getting up earlier than another player allows you to shop at the market for paints to be mixed.  The early bird gets the worm in this case.


Once the paints have been bought at the market, each player will then have a chance to buy one of the tiles in the middle and try to restore the Fresco.

The next phase will allow each player to paint portraits and earn some extra cash which can be used in phase 2 (The Market purchases as described above).

After that, each player can mix paints to blend them into other colors that are needed to remove tiles.

The final phase each player will have a chance to make themselves happy again from getting up early.

All of this is done in secret on a player board that has spaces for each of those phases.  And, each player starts with five workers that can accomplish any one of those tasks.

Once you are down to 6 or less tiles, the final round of the game begins.

During the game, you score victory points.  At the end of the game, you also get bonus victory points for additional items.

There are a few other things you can do in the game, but I think I will let the rules speak for themselves by having you visit them here.



Posted by on February 13, 2011 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Fresco

  1. Chris

    February 14, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Yeah, the only downside to the game is that it’s really just a 3-4 player game. There’s a variant for 2 players using a dummy player, which works pretty well but is still a slightly different experience from the “real” game.

    Now that another person owns it, though, maybe we can get the critical mass we need to make it Game of the Month!

    • skirkham

      February 14, 2011 at 10:03 am

      I agree it’s really more a 3-4 player game, but I really enjoy the 2 player variant too. It’s interesting.


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