Board Games 1603
This is a great one. Players are the scheming mercenary princes that Machiavelli found so fascinating. It is an auction game were the princes try to gain wealth and power by fighting on behalf of the various cities of Italy. The players start wars between the cities and then choose which side they will fight on. Each prince is looking to better the position of the cities he has invested in. He can fight to win glory for a city but in a great twist he can purposefully enter fights to lose and so ruin the reputation of the city he was meant to be defending. The scheming, back stabbing and temporary alliances of convenience make for a great experience.