Fresco (Board Game)

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In Fresco, players are master painters working to restore a fresco in a Renaissance church.

Each round begins with players deciding what time they would like to wake up for the day. The earlier you wake up, the earlier you will be in turn order, and the better options you will be guaranteed to have. Wake up early too often, however, and your apprentices will become unhappy and stop working as efficiently. They would much rather sleep in!

Then, players decide their actions for the turn, deploying their apprentice work force to various tasks. You'll need to buy paint, mix paint, work on painting the fresco, raise money (which you'll need to buy the aforementioned paint!) by painting portraits, and perhaps even send your apprentices to the opera in order to increase their happiness. Points are scored mostly by painting the fresco, which requires specific combinations of paints, so you'll need to buy and mix your paints wisely, in addition to beating other players to the paints and fresco segments you would like to paint.

Fresco includes several expansion modules, so you can play without expansions for a lighter family game or add in expansions to vary play and increase the decision-making and difficulty, resulting in a very flexible game with a high replay value.

Product Details

Boards & Dice
10 Jan 2017
Game Mechanic
Year Published
Queen Yellow Wave Box Series
# of Players
2 - 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players, Recommended with 2 - 4 players
Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
Game Designer
  • Wolfgang Panning
  • Marco Ruskowski
  • Marcel Süßelbeck
Game Artist
Oliver Schlemmer
User Suggested Ages
Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
  • 2010 Deutscher Spiele Preis Best Family/Adult Game Winner
  • 2010 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Nominee
  • 2010 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee
  • 2010 Gouden Ludo Nominee
  • 2010 Graf Ludo Best Family Game Graphics Winner
  • 2010 International Gamers Awards - General Strategy; Multi-player Nominee
Expansion Sets
  • Fresco: Expansion Module 7 – The Scrolls
  • Fresco: Expansion Modules 4
  • 5 and 6
  • Fresco: Expansion Modules 8
  • 9 and 10
  • Fresco: The Bishop's Favor
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