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Calimala

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The "Arte di Calimala" — the guild of cloth finishers and merchants in foreign cloth — was one of the greater guilds of Florence, who arrogated to themselves the civic power of the Republic of Florence during the Late Middle Ages. The woolen cloth trade was the engine that drove the city’s economy and the members of the Calimala were the elite of Florence.

  • English
  • From 12 years old
  • , 1 to 2h
  • 3 to 5 player(s)
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The "Arte di Calimala" — the guild of cloth finishers and merchants in foreign cloth — was one of the greater guilds of Florence, who arrogated to themselves the civic power of the Republic of Florence during the Late Middle Ages. The woolen cloth trade was the engine that drove the city’s economy and the members of the Calimala were the elite of Florence.

Throughout its long history, the Arte di Calimala supervised the execution of artistic and architectural works. Most Florentine guilds performed such activities, but the Calimala distinguished itself from other guilds through the number and prestige of the projects and the sites administered, including the construction and decoration of some of the major churches of the city.

Players of Calimala are cloth merchants in medieval Florence, with a number of trusted employees that they assign to various streets within the city to carry out actions. (Each street connects two places where particular actions can be taken.) While taking these actions, players produce and deliver cloth and contribute to the construction and decoration of various buildings across the city. Employees stay on their assigned places for a while, carrying out their actions whenever the street is activated, and eventually are promoted into the city council, triggering a scoring phase.

Depending on the number of players, each player has a number of action discs. In turn order, they can put one on a space between two actions, performing both actions and activating all other discs on the same space. When the fourth disc is placed on an action space, the lowest one is promoted to the city council, which triggers a scoring. After the last action disc is placed or the last scoring phase in the council is triggered, the game ends. The positions of the action spaces and sequence of scoring phases vary from game to game, making each game very different. Secret scoring objectives and action cards add uncertainty.

Theme(s) Middle AgeTrade
Language(s) GermanEnglish
Mechanism(s) WorkersModular
Author(s) Fabio Lopiano
Artist Harald Lieske
Note globale 4.8
Editor ADC Blackfire Entertainment

This game is recommended by 4 of our Bloggers

  • This game was played and recommanded by Kubenboites, here its opinion:

    5/5
    Un excellent jeu de majorité, très épuré, très élégant. Une petite perle ludique.
  • This game was played and recommanded by Vin d'Jeu, here its opinion:

    4/5
    On a un peu le sentiment d’un jeu qui aurait pu être une véritable bombe mais qui pêche par des défauts qui auraient pu être évités. Les actions proposées sont trop conventionnelles et évidentes pour certaines. Les choix sont néanmoins assez difficiles tant les possibilités sont nombreuses grâce au système pyramidal. Même si une action est clairement la plus intéressante pour vous, la réaliser peut également avantager d’autres joueurs et déclencher un décompte qui pourra nous être bénéfique ou pas… La variabilité est assurée par la disposition du plateau action, des décomptes et des objectifs personnels de majorité. Le jeu est trop répétitif et il lui manque un côté crescendo. C’est d’autant plus malheureux que ses mécanismes de choix d’action, de faire profiter les autres de nos actions, de pioche compensatoire de cartes action et de la ligne des décomptes totalement prévisible et maitrisable sont des inventions géniales qui apportent un véritable plus et une forte identité au jeu.
  • This game was played and recommanded by Gus & Co, here its opinion:

    5/5
    Un des jeux qui a bien buzzé à Essen 2017. Et c’était mérité. Streamliné, vivifiant, limpide, servi sur des mécaniques archi-connues mais aux finesses relevées. Essentiellement un jeu de majorité mais avec un système de placement d'ouvriers subtil, préparez-vous à chouiner
  • This game was played and recommanded by Kubenboites, here its opinion:

    5/5
    Un jeu à l'allemande très agréable, au matériel austère comme je les aime, qui met bien dans l'ambiance du commerce de tissus en Europe il y a plusieurs centaines d'années. Calimala est un jeu de gestion de ressources classique dans sa structure mais aux mécaniques très bien pensées, et les décomptes sur fond de majorité sont un vrai bonheur. Il va falloir s'organiser pour être le mieux placé sur les prochains décomptes, et ne pas se faire prendre de vitesse par les adversaires. Un placement intelligent de vos jetons d'actions sera un plus indéniable. Une vraie belle découverte, que je ne peux que recommander.

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Laurent d. on 11/23/17 Verified purchase

5/5
Original, rapide, sympa.
  • on 11/23/17 Verified purchase

    5/5
    Original, rapide, sympa.

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