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2013
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8 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
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10 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy
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Dziedzictwo: Testament Diuka de Crecy
Le Testament du Duc de Crécy
Das Vermächtnis: Stammbaum der Macht
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It is 1729 in pre-revolution France, a time when the aristocracy has all the power and the means to rule the country. As a wealthy, well-educated aristocrat, you have travelled the world and had the fortune to enjoy your life to the fullest – but you see that history is about to change course and you know that in order to stay strong, your family must prepare well. You need to find new allies. You must absorb smaller families and use their potency to strengthen your kin. You have to arrange wise marriages, nurture strong connections at court, obtain titles, build mansions, and find the right spouses for your daughters and sons...

Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy enables you to build a powerful dynasty in 18th century France as you step into the shoes of a French noble and compete for lasting honor. Over three generations, you – a resourceful patriarch or matriarch – will attempt to create a lasting legacy by establishing a house with ties to many different wealthy and powerful families from France and abroad (Spain, Italy, Russia and other countries).

This card game offers endless possibilities. Each time you build a family, you write a unique story, bringing to life the diverse relationships between parents and their children, between cousins, uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces. Whether you are looking for the best husband for your only daughter or a suitable wife for one of your two sons, whether you are looking to add new blood to your family by marrying into foreign nobility – you will be working to make your family rise in status through prestige and wealth, new skills and abilities.

In Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy – known previously as Nobles of Paris and winner of Ducosim Spelontwerp in 2009 – you will find 75 spouse cards with unique traits, more than twenty secret missions, nine titles, and nine "contribution to the family" cards. This all culminates in a highly thematic card game that will satisfy players who enjoy exploring many different paths to victory.


Legacy is a worker placement game in which you take actions to improve the standing and/or wealth of your family. You will expand your family, creating an ever-growing tableau, the family tree. You will need to balance the three 'currencies' in the game, Prestige (converts to Honor points at the end of each generation, of which there are three), Income (your income which converts to hard cash at the end of each round, of which there are 9), and Friend cards (which are actual connections/friends, and are the only way to marry into wealthy/famous families, and can only be received through actions, such as marrying a woman who brings some of her social contacts with her).

Prestige, Income and Friend cards can be gained and lost. You can, for example, lose some prestige by marrying someone infamous or lose some Honor points (i.e. reputation) by asking friends for money. There are also numerous actions you can take that will affect one of the three 'currencies' detrimentally, such as bribing someone to get a title (for which you need to pay, but also in the loss of friends who felt they deserved that title, and not you), or the maintenance of a beautiful new park you have built for the people (losing you income). Finally, you can also take actions that result in the loss of some of your social contacts (friends), due to jealousy, or people simply no longer wanting to be associated with you.

These currencies are carefully balanced by the male and female friend cards in the game. Generally men will give you income and possibly prestige, but will cost you a dowry/wedding costs. Women, on the other hand, will give you connections (new friends you can choose from the current socialites (cards lying open on the table) and possibly prestige, and will sometimes even earn you a dowry!

The card interactions allow for multiple different paths to success, but you must choose your road strategically, planning out where you want to be headed, else you will be left behind in the dust by those with greater and more successful plans than yours.

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More Information Edit | History

Game Design Journal
The author and the publisher have jointly written a blog describing their adventures while getting this game published. Here is their story:

Episode I - About Michiel, the guy who had a strong gut feeling...
Episode II - The Needle in a Haystack or How I Came to Find a Publisher
Episode III - Does eurogame need a theme?
Episode IV - Theme and Logic
Episode V - It's all about trust
Episode VI - He better not...
Episode VII - Trash it
Episode VIII - Strip, Strip, Stripping Away
Episode IX - You have 8 weeks
Episode X - It's time to call my bluff
Episode XI - To Completion… and Beyond!

Awards

  • 2009 Ducosim Spelontwerp.

Component list

  • 1 main board
  • 4 head of the family cards
  • 75 friend cards
  • 88 child cards
  • 24 gold cards
  • 9 title cards
  • 9 contribution cards
  • 6 patron cards
  • 1 round marker
  • 1 starting player card
  • 15 mission cards
  • 7 mansion cards
  • 7 venture cards
  • 15 hint cards
  • 12 player markers
  • 4 player boards
  • 23 wooden pawns
  • 1 rulebook

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Das Vermächtnis: Stammbaum der Macht
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Publisher: Pegasus Spiele
Artist: Mateusz Bielski, Barbara Trela-Szyma
Year: 2014
Product Code: 51961G
Size: 11.61 x 11.61 x 2.76 inches
2.87 pounds
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Release Date: Sep 25, 2014
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Publisher: Portal Games
Artist: Mateusz Bielski
Year: 2013
Size: 11.69 x 11.69 x 2.80 inches
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Publisher: IELLO
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Year: 2013
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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Release Date: Sep 27, 2013
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Publisher: Portal Games
Artist: Mateusz Bielski
Year: 2013
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
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Release Date: Sep 2013
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5 Legacy Icons
Useful aid to help players quickly identify the icons used in the Legacy game. I printed this on A4, laminated and sliced up to create one for each player.
English
2015-07-11
1 variante: cartes alternatives
cartes demeures et entreprises pour variante (traduction française des cartes de ReqMan).
French
2015-06-24
9 Stickers for Family pawns / Наклейки на фишки
The sheet for Head of Family pawns stickers. Instruction inside. / Лист для распечатки с наклейками на фишки. Инструкция в файле. (english/русский)
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2015-03-04
1 Paper box for cards
Paper box for cards, 7,3x10,5 cm, pdf file, v. 1.0. [url=https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/187003/]Full list[/url] of boxes.
English
2015-02-20
5 Cartas Legacy Español
Cartas del Legacy en Español. Estan escaneadas de las originales y traducido su texto. Para la gente que no domine idiomas creo que seran de ayuda para este gran juego
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2015-01-21
3 Russian cards
Таблица с переводом текста всех карт в оформлении оригинального буклета. Перевод: Balury Верстка: Balury, Jay
Russian
2014-09-09
3 Russian rules
Качественный перевод правил, сверстанный в pdf на основе оригинального буклета. Перевод: Balury Верстка: Jay
Russian
2014-09-03
31 Legacy Play Summary
I made this for myself to help make the game a bit easier to teach. The rules are actually very simple, but the original rule book is somewhat verbose... Good verbose, but still verbose! :) Anyway, this isn't meant as a comprehensive replacement for the rules, but a helper for someone who already knows how to play. Open to feedback on things I missed or that could otherwise be made more clear.
English
2014-06-15
29 Mansion & Venture Upgrade Cards
These are my custom Venture cards, that give a different bonus as well as the income, as well as my reworked versions of the officially upgraded Mansion cards (easier to read font and in the correct size). Simply cut out, and sleeve over original cards.
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2014-03-20
21 Legacy Children Names
.PDF copy of the file, in case you don't have Excel. See initial post for full details on how to use.
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2014-03-02
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Strategy Game Rank: 198
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Average Rating: 7.41
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