Game Profile: Murano

Murano seeks the most glorious of merchants!

Classification Strategy Game
Publication Mayfair Games, 2014
Ages 10+
Time 60 – 75
Players 2 – 4


Welcome to the Islands
of Murano, home to famous glass factories of Venice.  Players will need to build and use glass
factories along with shops, palaces and some special buildings to score as many
points as possible.  Each player’s turn
begins with action selection.  The islands
are encircled by 18 action spaces.  Eight
of those spaces are occupied by a ship. 
Players move a ship to an unoccupied action space and then take the
action depicted there.  Various actions
allow players to acquire buildings, build buildings, acquire cash, produce
glass, sell to customers, place gondoliers, and acquire character cards.  Most actions cost cash.  Money management is essential.
Some points are
awarded for building buildings during the game, but most points are scored
during end game scoring.  Each of the 40
character cards yields points for a different set of criteria on one of the 7
islands.  In order to score the points a
player must have the character card, the conditions described on the card met
on the island, and a gondolier placed at that island’s wharf.
This game requires
some long range planning, but it demands that players be able to react to
changing goals and conditions.  Players
do not start with character cards.  They
must be acquired before a player knows how to maximize points. When players
acquire a character card they get to draw 3 and keep 1. In this way, players
have a chance to select character cards that fit with their plans.  In the meantime a plan needs to be put
together to generate cash.  The action
selection track changes with every player’s turn.  Players will need to have plan B ready for each

Murano is another game designed by Inka & Markus Brand who also
Village and La BocaMurano creates the kind of tension and decision
making that Euro gamers will really enjoy. 
It is deep enough and variable enough to keep you coming back for more,
but short enough to get more than 1 game per game session.

We have an open copy of Murano available in our Demo
Games Library for you come in and try.

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