Launched at the Spiel fair in Germany in 2016 to critical acclaim, Lorenzo il Magnifico is a game of politics, economics, and intrigue set in the Italian Renaissance period (see “CMON Expands Partnership with Cranio Creations”). As the head of a noble family, each player tries to gather as much prestige and fame as they can by deploying their family members to gather resources, develop newly conquered territories, influence powerful characters, and launch economic ventures. Each round, the abilities of the player’s family members are determined by a dice roll, giving them variable effects during each of the game’s six rounds of play.
In addition to pursuing their family’s objectives, players must show proper respect to the Church. Those who do not pray ardently enough are hit with severe penalties at the end of each two-round period of play.
This year, Asmodee has partnered with Cranio Creations on a number of titles, including a new edition of Maharaja (see “Asmodee USA Will Release a New Edition of ‘Maharaja’ into U.S. Trade”), Reiner Knizia’s Meow (see “Cats Battle for the Best Bowls of Food in ‘Meow’”), and the story-telling game Mekhane (see “Tell Tales of Life and Death in ‘Mekhane’”).