Ventura“Dove l’oro parla, ogni lingua tace.”
“Where gold speaks, every tongue is silent.”
-Italian proverb

It is an age of great battles, valiant leaders, and unscrupulous mercenary armies. The Italian landscape is littered with noble houses vying for economic and territorial supremacy. The most cunning Captains of Fortune (Capitani di Ventura) have the power to lead the most ambitious of these houses to victory.

Ventura is a new strategic board game for 2-4 players from Fantasy Flight Games. Each player leads a noble family, mustering armies, hurling them into battle, conquering territories, and managing their wealth and resources wisely. Whoever has the best army stands the best chance of conquering. But the best armies are also the most expensive!

Each player assumes command over a unique and historical noble family: Este, Gonzaga, Medici, and Visconti. The oldest of the four—the Este family—was known for their political importance. Ruthless in their scheming for control, they were rewarded by the pope, who bestowed upon them the office of vicar. The Gonzaga family, previously landowners, gained power through a coup d’état. They were known for their civil and intellectual splendor, and diverse skills. Arising from a lineage of bankers, the Medici family gained and consolidated power through cunning and charisma. With a multitude of supporters, the family overthrew the territory’s republic and established a dukedom. The Visconti family were preeminent and powerful artistocrats. They successfully spread their dominion over other cities through the ‘Visconti strategy’.

In order to lead their house to glory, players will have to balance their finances with the development of their armies, while also establishing control across the map. Gameplay unfolds over a series of rounds broken up into phases, with each player recruiting, annexing, expanding, conscripting, mobilizing, and managing their troops before moving on to the next round.

“E un gran pacier la morte.”
“Death is a great peacemaker.”
-Italian Proverb