• Designer: Hisashi Hayashi
  • Players: 3-5
  • Playing time: 20 Min
  • Min Age: 14+
  • First Released: 2013

Designed by Hisashi Hayashi, who also designed Trains, Sail to India, and Yokohama among many others, Patronize is set in Renaissance Tuscany, in an Italy that has yet to develop a central government, in a Europe that has only recently emerged from the dark ages.

The nobles that held power have fallen, and traders with money are now attempting to climb the ladder of power. Determined to extend their influence, they use their finances to become patrons of talented individuals, and aid and protect them in their endeavors in fields such as religion, arts, science, and exploration. But other rich merchants are also out there, and the competition to become someone's official patron is fierce; sometimes your intended protégé is snatched from under your nose.

Patronize is a trick-taking card game featuring 17 types of character cards, all with different abilities.