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As GM for the The Princes of Florence tournament at the recently-concluded World Boardgaming Championships, I made a detailed record of the final game. It was not a perfectly-played game, but it did feature strong players making their best efforts, and I'm posting this report to provide an example you may play through and perhaps learn something about the game. Here's how it went:

The players were Alex Bove, Eric Freeman (the 2007 winner,) Chris Senhouse, Winton Lemoine and Aran Warszawski. Each of them participated in one or both heats (67 people took part in at least one heat) and then won a semi-final in order to qualify for the finals. Here's a link to my GeekList on the 2008 WBC. It provides broader information about WBC and the The Princes of Florence tournament.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/33864

All 5 finalists are BoardGameGeek members, and I encourage them to post additional thoughts about the final game below. I'll use dollar signs in my write-up, even though money comes in florins.

Because of the perception that some seats (especially Seat 2) are better than others, I use bidding to determine seating order in the semi-finals and finals. Alex was first to bid, and he bid $300 to play Seat 2. Eric bid $100 to play Seat 1. Chris then bid zero to play Seat 3. Winton bid $100 for Seat 3 (outbidding Chris,) and Aran bid zero to play Seat 5. At this point Chris accepted Seat 4 at no cost. We rearranged the seating order accordingly and each player paid his bid to the bank.

Seat Cash
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1 Eric 3400
2 Alex 3200
3 Winton 3400
4 Chris 3500
5 Aran 3500


Round 1 --- Auction

As 1st player, Eric started by auctioning a Jester. Alex bought it for $1200. Eric then auctioned a Recruiter, which he got for $800. It was now Winton's turn to put an item up, and he auctioned a Builder that went to Aran for $600. Winton now auctioned a Forest and got it for $200 when Chris passed. As the last one in the auction, Chris took a Prestige Card for $200.

Round 1 --- Actions

1. Eric bought a Profession Card for $300 and Freedom of Opinion for $300
2. Alex bought a Profession Card for $300 and Freedom of Travel for $300
3. Winton built a Workship for $700 (gaining 3 PP) and played #8 Bell Maker for 10 WV, taking $0 + 5 PP
4. Chris bought a Profession Card for $300 and Freedom of Religion for $300
5. Aran bought a Profession Card for $300 and built a Laboratory for $300 (gaining 3 PP)
Winton earned 3 PP for Best Work

Seat Cash PPs
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1 Eric 2000 0
2 Alex 1400 0
3 Winton 2500 11
4 Chris 2700 0
5 Aran 2300 3


Round 2 --- Auction

Alex auctioned a Jester and Eric bought it for $1100. He then auctioned a Recruiter to Aran for $700. He auctioned a Builder to Chris for $400. He then got a Park for $200. This allowed Winton to take a Prestige Card for $200.

Round 2 --- Actions

1. Alex bought a Profession Card for $300 and played #15 Painter for 10 WV, taking $1000 + 0 PP
2. Winton bought a Profession Card for $300 and Freedom of Travel for $300
3. Chris built a University for $300 (gaining 3 PP) and bought Freedom of Travel for $300
4. Aran bought Freedom of Opinion for $300 and built a Library for $300 (gaining 3 PP)
5. Eric built a Laboratory for $700 (gaining 3 PP) and played #4 Botanist for 11 WV, taking $1100 + 0 PP
Eric earned 3 PP for Best Work

During Round 2 Aran realized he had built a Laboratory in Round 1 rather than the Library he wanted to build. He then built the Library in Round 2.

Seat Cash PPs
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1 Eric 1300 6
2 Alex 1900 0
3 Winton 1700 11
4 Chris 1700 3
5 Aran 1000 6


Round 3 --- Auction

Winton auctioned a Jester and Alex bought it for $1200. He auctioned a Builder to Eric for $500. He then bought a Recruiter for $700. Chris bought a Forest for $200. This allowed Aran to take a Prestige Card for $200.

Round 3 --- Actions

1. Winton bought Freedom of Opinion for $300 and played #8 Goldsmith for 12 WV, taking $1000 + 1 PP
2. Chris bought Freedom of Opinion for $300 and played #3 Philosopher for 14 WV, taking $1000 + 2 PP
3. Aran built a Studio for $300 (gaining 3 PP) and bought Freedom of Religion for $300
4. Eric built an Opera for $300 (gaining 3 PP) and bought Freedom of Travel for $300
5. Alex bought a Hospital for $700 (gaining 3 PP) and played #16 Pharmacist for 16 WV, taking $1600 + 0 PP
Alex earned 3 PP for Best Work

Seat Cash PPs
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1 Eric 200 9
2 Alex 1600 6
3 Winton 1700 12
4 Chris 2200 5
5 Aran 200 9


Round 4 --- Auction

Chris auctioned a Jester and got it for $700. Aran bought a Forest for $200. Eric auctioned a Recruiter to Alex for $500. Eric then bought a Lake for $200. This allowed Winton to take a Builder for $200.

Round 4 --- Actions

1. Chris built a Tower for $300 (gaining 3 PP) and bought a Bonus Card for $300
2. Aran played #11 Jurist for 15 WV, taking $1500 + 0 PP, and bought a Bonus Card for $300
3. Eric played #5 Alchemist for 17 WV, taking $1700 + 0 PP, and bought a Bonus Card for $300
4. Alex bought Freedom of Religion for $300 and played #18 Dramatist for 15 WV, taking $900 + 3 PP
5. Winton recruited #11 Jurist, built a Library for $300 (gaining 3 PP) and bought Freedom of Religion for $300
Eric earned 3 PP for Best Work

Seat Cash PPs
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1 Eric 1400 12
2 Alex 1700 9
3 Winton 900 15
4 Chris 900 8
5 Aran 1200 9


Round 5 --- Auction

Aran auctioned a Jester to Eric for $600. Aran then bought a Builder for $400 (gaining 3 PP.) Alex bought a Recruiter for $900. Winton bought a Lake for $200. This allowed Chris to take a Prestige Card for $200.

Round 5 --- Actions

1. Aran built a Chapel for $300 (gaining 3 PP) and played #21 Organ Maker for 15 WV, taking $300 + 6 PP
2. Eric bought a Bonus Card for $300 and played #13 Composer for 23 WV using the Jester/Freedom bonus, taking $500 + 9 PP
3. Alex built a Laboratory for $700 (gaining 3 PP) and played #4 Botanist for 21 WV, taking $500 + 8 PP
4. Winton played #7 Watch Maker for 15 WV, taking $1300 + 1 PP and bought a Bonus Card for $300
5. Chris bought a Bonus Card for $300 and played #20 Astronomer for 27 WV using the Freedom and Prestige/Freedom bonuses, taking $1100 + 8 PP
Chris earned 3 PP for Best Work

Seat Cash PPs
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1 Eric 1000 21
2 Alex 600 20
3 Winton 1700 16
4 Chris 1500 19
5 Aran 800 21


Round 6 --- Auction

Eric auctioned a Jester to Aran for $500. He then auctioned a Forest to Alex for $700 (Alex had to give up 1 PP for $100.) Eric then bought a Builder for $200 (gaining 3 PP.) Winton bought a Prestige Card for $200. This allowed Chris to take a Lake for $200.

Round 6 --- Actions

1. Eric bought a Bonus Card for $300 and played #12 Choreographer for 16 WV, taking $200 + 7 PP
2. Alex played #17 Physician for 21 WV, taking $100 + 10 PP, and #6 Physicist for 21 WV, taking $900 + 6 PP
3. Winton built a Chapel for $300 (gaining 3 PP) and played #11 Jurist for 21 WV using the Building Size bonus, taking $100 + 10 PP
4. Chris bought a Bonus Card for $300 and played #1 Mathematician for 16 WV, taking $0 + 8 PP
5. Aran recruited #9 Bell Maker, built a Workship for $300 (gaining 3 PP) and played #10 Cartographer for 19 WV using the Each Building bonus, taking $500 + 7 PP
Alex and Winton both earned 3 PP for Best Work

Seat Cash PPs
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1 Eric 700 31
2 Alex 1000 38
3 Winton 1300 32
4 Chris 1000 27
5 Aran 500 31


Round 7 --- Auction

Alex bought a Prestige Card for $200. Winton bought a Jester for $200. Chris bought a Forest for $800 (gaining 3 PP.) Aran bought a Lake for $200. This allowed Eric to take a Park for $200.

Round 7 --- Actions

1. Alex built an Opera for $700 (gaining 3 PP,) recruited #12 Choreographer and played #12 Choreographer for 21 WV, taking $100 + 10 PP
2. Winton built a Theater for $300 (gaining 3 PP) and played #19 Poet for 17 WV, taking $100 + 8 PP
3. Chris bought a Bonus Card for $300 (giving up 1 PP to take $100) and played #2 Theologian for 21 WV using the Prestige Card and Small Building/Landscape bonuses, taking $100 + 10 PP
4. Aran played #9 Bell Maker for 17 WV, taking $100 + 8 PP, and played #14 Sculptor for 17 WV, taking $100 + 8 PP
5. Eric built a Studio for $300 (gaining 3 PP) and played #15 Painter for 28 WV using the Landscape Type and Categories bonuses, taking $0 + 14 PP
Eric earned 3 PP for Best Work

Seat Cash PPs
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1 Eric 200 51
2 Alex 200 51
3 Winton 900 43
4 Chris 100 39
5 Aran 500 47


It was time to reveal Prestige Cards to determine the winner.

Eric had no Prestige Cards
Alex earned 7 PP for Most Works
Winton earned 8 PP for All 3 Freedoms and 6 PP for 4 Buildings, 2 Freedoms and 4 Works
Chris earned 7 PP for Most Forests and 7 PP for a Builder, a Jester and 2 Landscapes
Aran earned 8 PP for Fewest Empty Spaces

Final Scores

Seat Cash PPs
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2 Alex 200 58
3 Winton 900 57
5 Aran 500 55
4 Chris 100 53
1 Eric 200 51



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Re: Princes of Florence WBC 2008 Final Game -- Detailed Session Report
In round six you wrote:

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5. Aran recruited #9 Bell Maker, built a Workship for $300 (gaining 3 PP) and played #10 Cartographer for 19 WV using the Each Building bonus, taking $500 + 7 PP
Alex and Winton both earned 3 PP for Best Work

I was under the impression that once works were played, they couldn't be taken off the table and back into anyone's hand ... that recruiters were played when you wanted to use someone else's work and you couldn't recruit and hold. I guess I was wrong.
 
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You may recruit a Profession card (from the table in front of an opponent) either immediately after buying a Recruiting card or during your Actions. You pick up the Profession, put it into your hand, and place the Recruiting card from your hand on the table where the Profession used to be. You may use the Profession card you recruited immediately to perform a work, or you may keep it in your hand until some future time.
 
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Thanks for the great session report, Eric. Very helpful - I will break out my "thrift shop find" PoF to replay this and look for other opportunities.

I came in 2nd to Eric in the semi's. He used two huge prestige cards to pass me at the end. Looks like even one card may have made the difference for him at the end of this one!
 
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p.s. - I'd enjoy playing a game of Through the Ages with you at WBC next year!
 
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Hi Eric and thanks for this great report.

I believe that when the game ended I had 300$ since I bought a lake.

In the end of 6th round I needed to decide what to do.
I estimated that 58 would give me 1st place ( I was wrong it was enough for a tie), so I saved 500 instead of taking 2 points for 2 reasons.
1. It will guarantee fewest spaces which I needed from the prestige card.
2. The Forest which I surely buy (or so I thought) would give me 3 points, which means 1 more point.

I was mistaken, 3 of us needed the forest, and I lost 2 points for nothing, as it was, I should at least have bid higher against Alex in last round instead of letting him have it for 200, I might have got a card for the game although not likely.

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aran wrote:
I believe that when the game ended I had 300$ since I bought a lake.


Buying the Lake reduced your cash to $300, but then you earned $100 for each of your two final Works.
 
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Here's a link to the report for the 2009 WBC final:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/432675
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