The last (so far) in the Tempest series of unboxing videos. Mercante, from Jeff Tidball, put you in control of a merchant house and sends you to do business and become the greatest in Tempest.
Something that’s probably easier said than done!
But is the game production any good. Is this game worth the amount of money you have to pay to get your hands on it?
Let’s check it out!
This is what the guys at Alderac say:
A city as large and crowded as Tempest depends on the daily arrival of supplies and foodstuffs, and the wealthiest echelons of society demand the latest goods and luxuries almost as frequently. Domination of this bustling trade is the ultimate goal of every merchant house in the city.
In Mercante, you control one of these merchant houses. Deploy your trusted agents to purchase goods from arriving ships and sell them into the most profitable markets. You must also do more – from “enticing” senators to outright skulduggery – to claim your rightful place at the pinnacle of Tempest’s merchant class. Do you have the business acumen and ruthlessness required to claw your way to the top?
Designed for 3–5 players, Mercante is a game of economic warfare. At the beginning of the game, each player controls one warehouse and two agents. On each turn, goods are purchased at auction and stored in the warehouse to be sold at market when the time is right.
Players compete to accumulate crowns to finance their operations, and senatorial favors (victory points) to win the game. The player who accumulates the most money and favors will control all trade and profit in the City-State of Tempest!
Thank you so much for the time you’ve spent on these. It was a pleasure to meet you in Essen, and I hope to see you again this year.
Likewise Todd. I really hope to see you again either at the UK Games Expo and/or Spiel 2013.
It was a real pleasure to review the components and shoot the videos and look forward to playng the games and reviewing them too.
Next time I promise to be quicker doing the videos, though! 🙂