Il Vecchio is set in the 15th century, when Cosimo de Medici – also
called "Il Vecchio" ("the Elder) – and his family ruled over Tuscany and
its capital Florence. The players represent the heads of Florentine
families trying to rise their families to power. To achieve this, they
send out their family members to locations in Tuscany to perform various
tasks, specifically to recruit followers (knights, assassins, abbots)
and collect money as both are needed to take control of provinces in
neighboring regions; controlled provinces provide power and a bonus
action. Another task is to gain the favor of the squirearchy as these
favors are indispensable when it comes to getting an official position
in Florence, e.g., a seat on the town council to enhance actions in
Tuscany, or a noble rank to gain power at the end of the game.
To complete these tasks, however, a proper middleman must be present at
a location, and as these middlemen travel a lot, they are rarely met.
That's why it is so important to have one's family members in the right
place at the right time – to save on time and money while achieving
At the beginning of the game, each player has four family members in
Tuscany. Players take turns performing exactly one action. Before his
action, a player may pay money to move one of his own family members to
another location. The available actions are to:
Take a location-specific action in Tuscany. This requires both a
middleman and one of your own standing (active) family members at that
location. After the action, this family member is laid down (inactive).
Travel to another region and take over a province, which costs both
followers and money.
Travel to Florence where you'll spend scrolls (and possibly money) to
claim a city council or nobility tile.
Introduce a new family member to the board.
Raise all lying family members on the board.
The game ends when the "Power of the Medici" has faded, as indicated by
a diminishing pile of crest tiles. Certain actions require you to remove
such a tile, and the game ends when they're all gone. Players then sum
their power points – earned for gained tiles and majorities in the
regions and Florence – for a final scoring, and the player with the most