Designed by Fabio Lopiano and with graphic design and illustrations by Ian O'Toole, Merv is a tense economic game charting the rise and fall of what was once the greatest city in the world. Through trade and politics players build their wealth and power, but it could all come to nothing if they do not defend the city against the approaching Mongol hordes.
Having enjoyed a distinguished programming career, working for Google, Facebook, and DeepMind, Fabio Lopiano has recently turned his attention toward game design. With several well received and critically acclaimed titles in the last few years, including Calimala and Ragusa, Fabio is widely considered one of the most promising up and coming designers in the UK. Having grown up in Sicily, and studied in Tuscany, Fabio now lives in London, UK. Ian O'Toole is an Irish graphic designer and illustrator working out of Perth in Western Australia, particularly acclaimed for his work on titles such as Lisboa and The Gallerist. Focused primarily on tabletop gaming, Ian's work combines his experience in concise visual communication with his flexible approach to illustration
If you enjoy this kind of game I think you're really going to like
it. I myself am a fan of it, it's one I intend to keep bringing
back to the table -- Zee Garcia * The Dice Tower *
This game is fantastic. It hits on all cylinders -- Richard Ham * RahdoRunsThrough *
I think Merv is a brilliantly clever game * Slickerdrips *
It is a beautiful game [...] but more than that the game itself is really good! * Board Games in a Minute *