Publisher: Amigo / Rio Grande
So simple but still good
The rules for Medici are quite simple. You bid for goods as they arrive - in lots of one, two or three cards - and load them onto your ship. But as soon as you play Medici, you discover that it's not that simple. First, lots aren't separable, so if you don't need that low-value grain, too bad, you have to take it if you want the high-value gold. Second, your ship only has room for five cards, which means that you might not be able to bid for some lots because they would overflow your ship. Third, you only get one chance to bid for the goods, so if you go too low someone is going to outbid you.
The board could be a little clearer - there is a little confusion over which commodities are which. Amazingly, given the highly respected author, there is no mention of Reiner Knizia's name anywhere on the outside of the box. Or, for that matter, how many players can play. These are all niggling complaints though, and the game has a depth that you can only appreciate by playing it. A great filler game, provided you can stop at just one session!