Where we look at what can be done with the Streets of Venice board tiles.
With raised streets out last week, and damaged streets out this week, we were wondering what kind of cool tables we could make out of them.
We grabbed a bunch of street tiles and a whole load of Venetian buildings, and got to work! We made three 3’x3′ tables for you to look at, so let’s do just that!
First of all we made a nice and neat board. With a few lower streets and a few raised streets, this is a nice, easy board to make which gives a lot of variation to your games.
We used some small stairs and large stairs to make traversal a bit easier, but there’s a lot of the board here that’ll be hard to climb out of the canals onto, making a pretty scary game!
All of our boards are started with the double-sided card tiles of the Venetian District, the very same ones that come in the Carnevale 2-Player Starter Box.
When it came to dressing the board up for gaming, there’s no better centrepiece than the Crisostomo Tower. That thing is really big and provides a great height to the middle.
Other than that we used the favourite Palazzo Magdalena on one side, and a combination of Dimoras and Casas for the rest of the board. Add in a set of Wooden Barrels (we stuck them together to make them easier to store) and you’re ready for a game!
With our second board we wanted to do something a little different, a little more grimy. The new ruined street sections are perfect for that, allowing you to create a board that looks like it belongs in the slums of Cannaregio.
We made the ruined palazzo the centre of the board, giving both land and water right in the middle. The Leon Bridge makes an excellent addition, keeping the action of the game close to the water at all times. You can just imagine trying to fight through a Guild road block while the Rashaar climb up the side of the bridge.
And of course we added some of the Wooden Jetties. That set really is amazing, adding loads of jetty sections that really change up your games and make the board really look like Venice. They have a lot of beaten up sections too, which is perfect for our dilapidated city quarter!
Now, on a scrappy board like this you won’t find anything as prestigious as the Crisostomo Tower, but we did put the Palazzo Lucia on one of the highest areas – a good place for a rich Patrician!
While the Casas and Dimoras come as one, two, or three-storey buildings, the plugs between the levels are universal on each Storey, so you can take off a couple of floors to make smaller buildings, like we’ve done with the Dimora Giulia on the left of the board.
We also added a Noble Gondola with its gondola poles. These come on little bases so they can be spread out throughout your board wherever you see fit. As small obstacles they make leaping across canals a lot easier – a very useful thing when half of your streets have crumbled into the water!
Our last board today is one of two halves. We wanted a lower down area with a bit of damage, and a higher area for the nobles. This sort of board could represent the district line between Santa Croce and Cannaregio for example. Perfect for a Patricians or Vatican vs Guild or Rashaar campaign.
Interestingly, this board started off as a Venetian Block Streets kit, which populated the entirety of half of the board. This kit was designed to make a 2’x2′ board, so we thought it’d be really interesting to see what needed to be added to make it into the full 3 foot. We interspersed those pieces with one Small Ruined Streets kit (out tomorrow!) to give a little variation.
The raised sections are confined to one half of the board, and there a couple of accessories scattered around too. You’ll see some more Wooden Jetties, but if you look closely, you’ll see another kit being released tomorrow that we haven’t shown off yet!
No board is complete without buildings, and we went all out on this one!
We started with the Chisea Di San Paternian, which fits neatly up on the raised back section. It’s a pretty prestigious place after all! Seeing as it sits right on the edge of the street, it makes climbing up out of the canal almost impossible, further splitting the board in half.
We also added both the Crisostomo Tower and the Palazzo Lucia to the fancy end of town, with Dimora Isabella rounding off the big buildings.
On the other half of the board we stuck to smaller buildings. The Casas and Dimoras all had floors removed, making the tallest building there only two storeys. The Casa Elizabeta is perfect for this, since it’s already one storey!
We actually decided to leave a big open space in the middle of the board, filling it up with only a few Wooden Barrels. With all the buildings on the rest of the board, this makes a perfect killing ground, ensuring a big dust up in the centre!
There we have it! Some cool board layouts for you all to look over. Do you have a favourite way to set out your Venetian boards? Are you looking forward to adding more detail and verticality with the new streets? Or do you have a cool looking painted board? We’d love to see! Send some pictures to email@example.com because we’d really love to feature them here!
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