The year is 1566. The Order of Malta has placed the first stone of what will become the city of Valletta. The sound of masons and carpenters hard at work mingles with the din of merchants peddling their wares in the marketplace. In Valletta, players enlist the aid of these builders, craftsmen, and businesspeople to construct the future capital of Malta. Gather raw materials from lumberjacks, stonecutters, merchants, and others and then hire builders to convert these resources into the capital's magnificent bastions and baroque buildings. Complete building projects to score points and gain new cards to use in future turns. Hire the help you need, manage your resources, and leave your mark on the city!
Craftsmen and merchants aren’t the only people you’ll meet as your projects progress. Jean Parisot de Valette, the man who commissioned the construction of Valletta, also patrols the streets as building inspector. If he stops at one of your sites, you can fire workers by discarding them from your hand or hire new ones by drawing cards from the supply. The game reaches its final phases when de Valette reaches the end of his patrol, so make sure to wrap up your projects quickly! Ingratiate yourself with the elite and call upon additional historical figures to help you score points. Architect Francesco Laparelli can convert excess goods to points, while Emperor Charles V scores you one point for each blue building you’ve constructed. Wait for the perfect time to play these cards, maximize your points, and become the greatest builder Valletta has ever seen!