Spiel des Jahres 2010 Contender: Fresco

Box Front "Fresco" from Queen Games

Fresco

One of the five finalists in the 2010 Spiel des Jahres, a German board game award — no, make that the most important award in board games, awarded to the Game of the Year —  Fresco has just arrived in the store.

From publisher Queen Games comes this synopsis of the game’s premise:

“The ceiling in the cathedral is getting on a bit and is  in urgent need of restoration. The bishop is awaiting  important visitors and wants to show off his church  from its best side. The players slip into the role of the fresco painters in this colourful family game and have to prove their abilities: But only the player who plans cleverly can win!

This fascinating game already contains  3 expansion modules which can be combined with the basic game in any desired manner to influence the scope of the game. Elaborately structured game cards, additional coloured Spiel des Jahres logopieces and lots of bonus counters provide even more excitement!”

I’m looking forward to playing this one.  Boardgamegeek.com has some glowing reviews from its gamers, who were pretty well unanimous in their thumbs-up opinions.  Most said that the component quality was impressive, and that Fresco would be a great family game (especially when played without the expansions, which lengthen and deepen the gameplay.)

2 – 4 players, ages 10+, 45 – 60 minutes.  In stock now.

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