A sad prophecy for the wonderful city of Venice: the fact that it will be sinking into the sea seems to be inevitable. Venice is a city built on more than 100 islands. The water, however, is everywhere and when it rises, you will see lakes instead of the squares and the small street will be impracticable. What will the future of Venice be?
The year is 2099, and Venice is sinking. Players take on the role of art collectors and try to save as many treasures and art works as possible. They need strategic thinking. The gondolas help them escape. The players move on floating platforms. Bad luck for whoever finds himself in the part of town that is sinking...
The 8 by 8 board depicts Venice. At the start of the game, all -land and bridge- tiles are placed randomly on a plastic frame. Each player gets 3 tokens that he should place anywhere on the board. All tiles have a value (higher numbers obviously are better). Each player also is dealt 5-9 cards and receives 9 money.
The game ends when all dealt cards have been played. On their turn, players must play their lowest numbered card. The cards go 3-8. When playing a card, the tile that has the same number is flipped over to its water side, possibly with a players token that stood on the tile. Luckily all players also have two gondola cards that enable them to rescue the token and may be place it on another tile. The tokens give treasures by travelling to a specific coloured tile, paying one money, and taking the corresponding coloured treasure.
When all cards have been played, there still is a part of the map that is not submerged as at the beginning some cards remained out of play. From this, the value of the treasures is calculated with the most points for treasures of coloured tiles that are the rarest.