Designer: Jeff Tidball
A city as large and crowded as Tempest depends on the daily arrival of supplies and foodstuffs, and the wealthiest echelons of society demand the latest goods and luxuries almost as frequently. Domination of this bustling trade is the ultimate goal of every merchant house in the city.
In Mercante, you control one of these merchant houses. Deploy your trusted agents to purchase goods from arriving ships and sell them into the most profitable markets. You must also do more – from “enticing” senators to outright skulduggery – to claim your rightful place at the pinnacle of Tempest’s merchant class. Do you have the business acumen and ruthlessness required to claw your way to the top?
Designed for 3–5 players, Mercante is a game of economic warfare. At the beginning of the game, each player controls one warehouse and two agents. On each turn, goods are purchased at auction and stored in the warehouse to be sold at market when the time is right.
Players compete to accumulate crowns to finance their operations, and senatorial favors (victory points) to win the game. The player who accumulates the most money and favors will control all trade and profit in the City-State of Tempest!
“This is a very equal balance between worker placement and market manipulation. I love the fact that you’ve got auction, economic, and recipe-fulfilling mechanics, but it’s not afraid to introduce that poke in the eye.” —The Spiel
“A variety of mechanics interacted very well to produce a constantly engaging experience.” —Strange Assembly
“It has the really good feeling of ‘I really wish I had one more action.’ I’m really having to make some choices.” — Strange Assembly
“I really enjoyed it, and the production value is amazing.” —Garrett’s Games
9 Merchant House Cards
32 Shipment Cards
38 Event Cards
20 Contract Cards
3 Reference Tracks
5 Merchant Ledgers
Punchboard Coinage and Goods Tokens
36 Assorted Wood Markers
Size: 11.75″ x 11.75″ x 2.4″
Available: October 2012
Game Time: 60 minutes
Ages: 12 and up