Dawn of Discovery: Venice is the first add-on to Dawn of Discovery. As the name suggests, the add-on sends you from the Orient to the political most important and economical biggest city of Europe. 15 new scenarios are available in that setting with more than 300 new missions waiting to be accomplished by the player.
Although the core game remains the same with the player building up a flourishing trade empire from scratch, a few new elements have been added into the mix. Besides new items, additional achievements and medals, two new types of ships are available featuring very big cargo holds. In addition islands featuring a huge volcano stand ready to be colonized by everyone who doesn't fear the almost inevitable outbreak in exchange for vast amounts of resources.
Gameplay-wise one of the biggest changes is the inclusion of the bailiwick, giving the player access to a vast array of statistics including which and how many buildings the player has on one island, what they cost, how many inhabitants there are and much more. The second addition is the council board which allows the player to influence the city council in his or enemy cities even allowing him to conquer an enemy without using any military strength. Of course this features is also available to the enemies so the player needs to make sure he holds at least three of five seats in his city council in order to prevent a hostile take-over.
The add-on also adds an all-new multiplayer-mode for up to eight players to the game. The players can either play against each other, form teams or play Coop. Coop is special in that each of the four players on one team has full control over one city and its assets, requiring everyone to work as a team and communicate with each other. Coop can either be played against up to four human players or up to four AI-opponents. Because of the unique way the game is played in this mode, no AI is allowed on a human team.