Merchant Prince is a series of video games taking place in Italy starting in 1300. You play the part of head of a merchant trading family in Venice, and compete with the other three Venetian trading families using a range of methods, some fair, some foul. The games focus mainly on trading and skulduggery. The object is to end the game with more money (including assets) than any of your rivals. How you go about it (naughty and/or nice) doesn't directly affect who wins or loses, but actions do have consequences in the games.