In Genoa, during the Renaissance, it's not good enough to just be a powerful family. You have to be the most powerful family. But with each house looking to become the greatest, it's a struggle to get to and stay on top. If you want to become the new Doge (such power, wow), you'll have to hire the right workers, collect money you're owed, and convince the local Lord that your family is the best choice for his daughter to marry into. That's the story behind Brides & Bribes, a new worker placement board game that's up on Kickstarter.
Players take on the role of the head of one of the powerful families, looking to increase their house's prestige. The game uses a hidden worker placement mechanic, meaning that everyone shows where they've sent their subordinates at the same time, so there's a bit of bluffing going on. It's also a bit deck-building, as you acquire workers and employees to help run your house as well as workshops around town. The game lasts for 6 rounds, unless someone ends up with the winning number of Influence points before then (either 20 or 25, depending on how many people are playing).
The Kickstarter campaign just launched today and is set to go for another 27 days.