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While I'm sure that the number of games set in Venice is still quite small compared to the number of games set in Egypt, I predict that number will rise! Venice is the new Egypt! And unlike Egypt, which is just a movie set, Venice is a real place! Venice is a country in Italy with waterways instead of streets! Venice has gondolas and funny men in striped shirts to push them around!

Hooray for Venice, city of moisture!

Please add games to this list that are set in Venice! Hooray!
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1. Board Game: Venedig [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:3126]
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It's that hot new game by Klaus-Jurgen Wrede! Set in Venice! Yay! Famous Environmentalists like Ted Danson have kept this game from being published in the United States because this game is all about destroying wetlands!

Destroying wetlands is bad, but Venice is good. So if wetlands must be destroyed to build a city like Venice, then I say move along little froggies!

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2. Board Game: Die Säulen von Venedig [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1789]
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This game is also about building Venice with orange pillars. The orange pillars really clash with the rest of the color scheme, and in every picture of Venice I've seen, I can find no orange pillars at all. But it's in Venice, so who cares. Yay, Venice! Country of orange pillars!
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3. Board Game: San Marco [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:333]
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An awesome picture of an awesome city, presided over by the awesome Doge! You can tell he's the Doge because he's wearing an awesome hat.

This game really is about Venice even though it's called San Marco because San Marco is a country in Venice. Here are pictures to prove it.

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4. Board Game: Canal Grande [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2197]
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Venice again! Hooray for Venice!

Except this is a card game so there's no awesome map of Venice. So, boo!
 
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5. Board Game: Doge [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1781]
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Look, it's Venice again! And this time it's a Colovini, so you know that the Venetian theme and the gameplay are inextricably linked in exactly the same way that Egypt and gameplay are linked in Knizia games like Rah, but better, because it's not Egypt.

And check out the Doge's hat. Did you ever seen an Egyptonese person wearing such an awesome hat? I think not!

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6. Board Game: The Patrons of Venice [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:5886]
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Here's another game set in Venice! (Yay!) And I don't know a thing about it. But it does have a map on the board, so that's awesome.



It also has boards that look like spreadsheets, and that's not as awesome. In fact, that's kind of boring. Where are the gondolas!?

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7. Board Game: Oltre Mare [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:826]
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This game is based on Shakespeare's movie of the same name, in which Shylock, played by Charles Bronson, goes on a killing spree seeking revenge against those who picked on him because he was Jewish.

There's an awesome gondola chase scene.

There are also very awesome hats.

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8. Board Game: Master of Venice [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Here is a quiz question:

Q: Is this game set in Venice?

(Hint #1: There's a Doge.)
(Hint #2: Awesome hat.)

A: Yes!
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9. Board Game: Venezia [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:5739]
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There are no Doges here, nor are there hats, but there are pigeons and their poop. Oh, and a map, of course:

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10. Board Game: Venice Connection [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:9744]
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Here's one!
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11. Board Game: Inkognito [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1037]
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And of course Inkognito revolves around walking the streets of Venice during a carnival.
 
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12. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:446]
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And then in the 21st century when Venice goes to outer space they will...

What? Wait... Oh, never mind.
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13. Board Game: Ponte del Diavolo [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1483]
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A new two-player game from Hans im Glück.
 
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14. Board Game: Monopoly: James Bond 007 [Average Rating:4.77 Unranked]
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I am sure this is not a stretch. Of course we all remember Roger Moore as James Bond in MOONRAKER? Well there is no game that I know of based on that movie. But it did have Mr. Bond visit Venice for the requesite gondala / hovercraft chase scene. He also visits Venice in Casino Royale and From Russia with Love. And this game very likely contains some reference to one or more of these movies.

How many times has he been in Egypt? Only twice (The Spy who Loved Me, and very briefly in Diamonds are Forever).

So there you go.
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15. Board Game: Celebrity Head [Average Rating:5.30 Unranked]
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Doge with awesome hat! Venice!
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16. Board Game: Casanova [Average Rating:4.32 Unranked]
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I don't see any funny hats, but lots of canals and gondolas filled with ladies. And even better, this is from the game description:

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Casanova has disguised himself with women's attire (a pin is inserted into one of ten pairs of women playing pieces - it can only be felt or seen from the underside of the playing pieces). It is the task of the players to secretly figure out, under which pair of women Casanova hides, to get him into the player's palazzo via a gondola, and finally to bribe the doge to make sure Casanova can escape into freedom.


Wow. That would never happen in Egypt.
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17. Board Game: Maskenball Venezia [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:9456]
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More awesome hats, more masks, and the one in the middle is wearing head tinsel!
 
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18. Board Game: Serenissima (first edition) [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:749]
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Well it doesn't play IN Venice, but you can play Venice (as fraction) IN the game
 
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19. Board Game: Machiavelli [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:1028]
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This one also includes Venice as one of a number of sides available to the players. Fight your ancient enemies the Milanese and Florentines, as well as the Pope, the Neapolitans, the Turks, the Austrians and the French.

 
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20. Board Game: Age of Renaissance [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:572]
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As does this one. Fight your ancient enemies the Genovese as well as the Barcelonese, The Parisese, the Londonese and the Hamburgese. Ahem.
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21. Board Game: Othello [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2016]
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Like his earlier movie, The Merchant of Venice, William R. Shakespeare wisely set the sequel, Othello, in Venice as well. (The full title of the movie is The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice.)

The Tragedy of Othello concerns a contest of wills between Othello (played by Patrick Stewart) and his lover, Iago, as they match wits over the board game pictured above. What was originally called "Reversi" in Shakespeare's day, was soon referred to as "Othello" in honor of the film. The reason he's called the "Moor" of Venice is that he owns a dock where all the merchants moor their sea-going vessels. He lives above the dock and all the action takes place in his dwelling.

No awesome hats or pigeons, sadly.
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22. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:362]
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Ah yes the land of Venice... Where ships suddenly land in your backyard
(Waiter there's a ship in my soup...)
 
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23. Board Game: Rialto [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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A tactical dice-rolling game about building bridges in Venice - that`s all info that there is in the wiki and no picture at all ???

Wolfgang Friebe (single owner) - take some pictures!!
 
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24. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:5]
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Umm..really! I can explain! See, "Puerto Rico" is the codename for "Atlantis", and, it's a well-kept secret that Atlantis is in Venice! On land, no less!
 
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25. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:45]
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Venice featured here! Plus a guy in a hat on the box cover. Not quite as spectacular a hat as the Venetian standard I'm afraid.
 
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