Powerful principalities come on in northern Italy. Each player has at the start of the game a little unprotected principality. For three years they will develop this. Money and food ensure that an army will guard the borders and culture creates additional wealth and prestige in the principality. When is the best time to expand? When the harvest is rich and how much defense is required in your city wall? Only the player who can make these decisions at the right time will prevail at the end. Timing is the key to success!