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2012
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1 − 4
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Best with 3 players
Recommended with 1–4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
14 and up
Playing Time
120 − 240 minutes
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12+
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Merchant of Venus (second edition)
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Mercanti di Venere
Merchant of Venus
金星の商人
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Merchant of Venus uses many elements which come together to form a very interesting game. Players take on the roles of space traders who move their ships through interconnected systems discovering new alien worlds to trade with. As players start to make money delivering commodities in a unique supply-and-demand system, their earnings can be used to purchase better ships and equipment (shields, lasers, engines, etc...) and construct their own spaceports (which speed up trading) and factories (which create better commodities). Variations included in the rulebook allow for interplayer combat. The player who first acquires enough total value ($1000, $2000, $3000, $4000) in cash and port/factory deeds takes the day.

For the 2012 edition of Merchant of Venus from Fantasy Flight Games, the company promises that this revision "remains true to its magnificently campy core while updating the map and game components and expanding game play in surprising ways that will cause even the most hardcore fan to celebrate." That said, the player count has been lowered from six (in the Avalon Hill edition) to four, with the four races in the game being Human, Whynom, Qossuth, and Eeepeeep.

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Components

  • Two Rulebooks
  • One Game board
  • 4 Merchant Ships
  • 4 Ship Stands
  • 8 Dial Connectors
  • Two Sorts of sheets:
    • 4 Dashboard Sheets
    • 8 Ship Class Sheets
  • Two different Dice:
    • 4 Speed Dice (white, six-sided)
    • 1 Effect Die (purple, six-sided)
  • 120 different Cards:
    • 42 Encounter Cards
    • 8 Pilot Cards
    • 10 Challenge Cards
    • 14 First Contact Cards
    • 1 First Player Card
    • 20 Mission Cards
    • 25 Reward Cards
  • 496 different Tokens:
    • 12 Blue Dot/Asteroid Tokens
    • 8 Cargo Hold Indicator Tokens
    • 103 Credit Tokens
    • 28 Demand Tokens
    • 6 Drive Tokens
    • 35 Encounter Tokens
    • 14 Factory Goods Tokens
    • 14 Factory Demand Tokens
    • 25 Fame/Infamy Tokens
    • 76 Goods Tokens
    • 42 Market Tokens
    • 8 Mission Tokens
    • 15 Passenger Tokens
    • 8 Pirate Tokens
    • 8 Shield Tokens
    • 2 Production Round Tokens
    • 34 Racial Technology Tokens
    • 48 Merchant Spaceport/Drill Tokens
    • 14 Culture Tokens
    • 24 Spaceport Deed Tokens
  • 8 Resource Pointers
  • 8 Resource Pointer Washers
  • 1 Round Marker

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Learn "Classic" Rules via mp3
Listen in browser - How To Play Podcast - Episode 43: Merchant of Venus - 1h 16min

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 1:43 History and game background
  • 5:20 Special Guest Intro
  • 6:50 "Why do I love this game?"
  • 9:29 "Who will NOT like this game?"
  • 13:19 Complexity Rating
  • 16:03 Rules: The Hook - What's the game about?
  • 16:53 Rules: The Meat - How to play (Classic)
  • 52:08 Rules: The Hamster - How to Win
  • 102:00 Classic vs Standard Rules
  • 106:26 Original Classic vs Updated Classic Rules
  • 108:38 Original Classic vs Standard Rules
  • 114:10 Closing

Supporting PDF for mp3 (b/w) - How to Play Teaching Guides: #43 Merchant of Venus

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Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games, Heidelberger Spieleverlag
Artist: Henning Ludvigsen
Year: 2014
Product Code: HE474 / 1650APR13
Size: 11.69 x 11.69 x 4.06 inches
5.74 pounds
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Release Date: Feb 1, 2014
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Publisher: Asterion Press
Artist: Henning Ludvigsen
Year: 2013
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Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Artist: Henning Ludvigsen
Year: 2012
Product Code: VA85
Size: 11.75 x 11.75 x 4.00 inches
5.40 pounds
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Release Date: Nov 2012
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I think MoV is a fascinating game, but sometimes you want something a bit different. Here I have developed 8 different scenarios which give you different goals and change the game's landscape. These are intended for solo play, but some of them would probably work well with more players also. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. I have only played through each scenario a couple of times, so any suggestions for improvements are welcome.
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I happen to enjoy both versions of the game, but I sometimes get confused between the 2 rules sets. I made this as a quick reminder of the differences between the Classic and the Standard versions of the game.
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Please see the thread for discussion: [url]https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1501001/solo-adventure[/url]
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3 Merchant of Venus Classic Goods Values and Profit Margins Quick Reference
A simple quick reference table showing the costs of all the culture goods, and the profit to be made on each, in credits and as a percentage. Designed to help players make better purchasing decisions.
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2015-09-06
4 Merchant of Venus Standard - Polish rules
Tłumaczenie instrukcji do wersji Standard
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22 Universal Head MERCHANT OF VENUS Rules Summary & Reference
The Universal Head MERCHANT OF VENUS Rules Summary & Reference v2 (Aug15) Rules summary and player reference sheets.
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1 Merchant of Venus card texts (Hungarian)
Card texts translated into Hungarian. Kártyaszövegek magyar nyelvű fordítása.
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