The best games set in the Renaissance 2024

Looking for a really good game set in the Renaissance? Then we have just the thing: our list of the best games set in the Renaissance 2024.

What are games set in the Renaissance?

Renaissance games are games that took place between the end of the 14th century (when the Renaissance began in Italy) and around the 16th century. At that time, firearms, for example, were rarely if ever found on the battlefield.

Other historical games

Most games set during the Renaissance are also considered wargame- but not necessarily the case.

In addition to Renaissance games, we have created a general list of games based on historical events - and further divided them below into several, more detailed historical categories.

List of the best games set in the Renaissance 2024:

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 593 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Love Letter

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    Love Letter is a charming and strategic card game where players vie for the affection of a noble Princess, aspiring to become her most trusted confidant. Utilizing a blend of deduction, risk, and luck, players must navigate the royal court by enlisting influential characters to deliver their love letter to the Princess.

    More details for Love Letter
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Love Letter

    • YouTube Review for the game "Love Letter" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  2. Azul

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    Azul invites you to step into the captivating world of Portuguese artistry and craftsmanship. This board game draws inspiration from the introduction of azulejos, originally white and blue ceramic tiles, by the Moors. The tiles found a new home in Portugal when King Manuel I, during a visit to the Alhambra palace in Southern Spain, was enchanted by the exquisite Moorish decorative tiles adorning its interior. Filled with awe and inspiration, the king promptly ordered the embellishment of his own palace in Portugal with similar decorative tiles. As a skilled tile-laying artist, you are tasked with the prestigious mission of adorning the walls of the Royal Palace of Evora.

    Nominated for 30 awards and won 19.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 2018

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    More details for Azul
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Azul

    • YouTube Review for the game "Azul" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  3. Love Letter

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    In Love Letter, you must compete with other suitors to deliver a romantic letter to Princess Annette, who has secluded herself in the palace.

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 7.

    More details for Love Letter
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Love Letter

    • YouTube Review for the game "Love Letter" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  4. Splendor Duel

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    Splendor Duel is an intriguing two-player game that builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, Splendor, enhancing it with new layers of strategy and competitiveness. Designed specifically for two players, this standalone game maintains the core elements of Splendor while introducing novel twists and mechanics, making it more dynamic and interactive.

    Nominated for 11 awards and won 3.

    More details for Splendor Duel
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  5. Splendor

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    Splendor beckons you into the vibrant world of Renaissance merchants, where the pursuit of gem mines, modes of transportation, and opulent shops is the path to acquiring prestigious points. In this strategic game of chip-collecting and card development, your goal is to amass wealth and influence that will make you the most renowned merchant of the era. Perhaps, if fortune smiles upon you, nobility may even grace your endeavors, further enhancing your prestige.

    Nominated for 21 awards and won 12.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Splendor
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Splendor

    • YouTube Review for the game "Splendor" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

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    Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra is a visually striking and strategic board game designed by Michael Kiesling. It offers a unique twist on tile drafting, focusing on creating beautiful stained glass windows.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra

    • YouTube Review for the game "Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  7. El Grande Big Box

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    El Grande Big Box is the definitive edition of the classic area control game El Grande, celebrating its 20th anniversary with a comprehensive collection that includes the base game and all its expansions. In this strategic board game, players assume the roles of Grandes in medieval Spain, competing to exert their dominance over the various regions as the king's power wanes. Through cunning deployment of caballeros (knights represented by meeples), players seek to secure majorities in Spain's diverse territories, leveraging power cards for turn order and action cards for strategic moves.

    More details for El Grande Big Box
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  8. Endeavor: Age of Sail

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    Endeavor: Age of Sail invites players to navigate the high seas and earn glory for their empires. Set during the age of exploration, players sail from Europe and the Mediterranean, establishing shipping routes and occupying cities across the globe, all while building their industrial, cultural, financial, and influential power.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Endeavor: Age of Sail
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Endeavor: Age of Sail

    • YouTube Review for the game "Endeavor: Age of Sail" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  9. Century: A New World

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    Century: A New World is the captivating final chapter in the acclaimed "Century" series by Emerson Matsuuchi. This installment transports players to the rich and uncharted territories of the Americas during the 16th century, offering a unique blend of strategy, exploration, and resource management.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Century: A New World
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. El Grande

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    El Grande is a classic strategy board game set in medieval Spain, where players, as powerful lords or "Grandes," vie for control over various regions in a declining kingdom. The game is known for its blend of tactical depth and strategic planning.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1996

    More details for El Grande
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  11. Rajas of the Ganges

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    Rajas of the Ganges is a strategy board game set in 16th century India, during the rise of the Great Mogul Empire. Players take on the roles of influential nobles, striving to transform their estates into prosperous provinces.

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    More details for Rajas of the Ganges
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  12. Medici

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    Medici is a classic auction-style board game designed by Reiner Knizia, known for its strategic bidding and set collection mechanics. Players take on the roles of merchants during the Renaissance, aiming to acquire the most valuable cargo through competitive auctions. The game is well-regarded for its ability to accommodate various player counts effectively.

    More details for Medici
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  13. King Up!

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  14. Nations: The Dice Game

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    Nations: The Dice Game is a fast-paced, dice-driven game that captures the essence of civilization-building. Designed for 1-4 players, it condenses the expansive experience of the original Nations board game into a more streamlined and quicker format, ideal for players looking for a shorter playtime without sacrificing strategic depth.

    More details for Nations: The Dice Game
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Nations: The Dice Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Nations: The Dice Game" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  15. Crypt

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    Crypt introduces an intriguing blend of strategic decision-making with a dice placement mechanism that captivates players from the get-go. Designed for 1 to 4 players, this compact game offers a rich and engaging experience despite its small box size. The goal is straightforward - to amass the most valuable collection of treasures. However, the path to achieving this is layered with tactical choices and risks.

    More details for Crypt
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 35 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Crypt

    • YouTube Review for the game "Crypt" by R2i games
      Video is in English
  16. The Castles of Tuscany

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    The Castles of Tuscany is set in the picturesque region of Tuscany during the 15th century, where you, as an influential prince, aim to expand your domain during the Italian Renaissance. Through strategic card play, you'll support the growth of towns, villages, and monasteries, extract marble, and transport goods, all to see your lands prosper and score victory points.

    More details for The Castles of Tuscany
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Bruges

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    Bruges is a strategic board game set in the bustling 15th-century city of Bruges, known for its thriving culture and commerce. The game revolves around the theme of merchant competition and maintaining influence in this wealthy Belgian Hanseatic city.

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Bruges
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  18. Lorenzo il Magnifico

    All details for the board game Lorenzo il Magnifico and similar games

    Lorenzo il Magnifico is a strategic board game set in the Italian Renaissance, where players embody heads of noble families vying for prestige and fame. This game is a blend of resource management, strategic planning, and careful maneuvering.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Lorenzo il Magnifico
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Lorenzo il Magnifico

    • YouTube Review for the game "Lorenzo il Magnifico" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  19. Medici: The Card Game

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Medici: The Card Game

    • YouTube Review for the game "Medici: The Card Game" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  20. Notre Dame: 10th Anniversary

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Notre Dame: 10th Anniversary

    • YouTube Review for the game "Notre Dame: 10th Anniversary" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  21. Fresco

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    Fresco is a thematic board game that immerses players in the world of Renaissance artistry, specifically in the restoration of a fresco in a church. This game combines resource management, strategy, and a unique wake-up mechanic to create an engaging experience.

    Nominated for 20 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2010

    More details for Fresco
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  22. Masters of Renaissance: Lorenzo il Magnifico – The Card Game

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. Dogs of War

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    Dogs of War is a beautifully crafted board game that transports players into a steampunk-renaissance universe, where noble houses clash in a struggle for dominance. Players assume the roles of the eponymous Dogs of War, mercenary captains who wield their private armies to sway the outcomes of battles between these houses for profit and influence.

    More details for Dogs of War
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 75 Minutes
    • 14+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  24. Test of Honour: The Samurai Miniatures Game

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame is a strategic board game set in 14th century Paris, where players assume the roles of heads of influential families vying for prosperity and reputation around the iconic Notre Dame cathedral.

    Nominated for 8 awards.

    More details for Notre Dame
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  26. Keyflower

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    Keyflower is a strategic board game designed for 2-6 players that spans over four rounds, each representing a different season: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. The game combines elements of auction, tile placement, and resource management set in a medieval world. Players start with a "home" tile and a team of workers, using them to bid for new tiles, gather resources, and build their village.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 3.

    More details for Keyflower
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  27. Council of Verona

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  28. Alhambra: Big Box Special Edition

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Fresco: Big Box

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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