In Agricola by Z-Man Games you and your spouse have settled in a little wooden house on a piece of land, and your goal is to cultivate the land, raise animals, have kids, and make some home improvements. Each of these elements is worth victory points; moreover, you receive a penalties if you don't have some of everything. The game works in phases, each one allowing you opportunities to take new actions (plant a field, acquire livestock, build a fence etc.) and each phase ends in a harvest when you will be expected to reap the fruits of your labor and have enough food to feed your family. The game ends at the end of the final harvest phase, and the player with the most victory points wins.
From the US publisher's website:
In Agricola (Latin for 'farmer'), you're a farmer in a wooden shack with your spouse and little else. On a turn, you get to take only two actions, one for you and one for the spouse, from all the possibilities you'll find on a farm: collecting clay, wood or stone; building fences; and so on. You might think about having kids in order to get more work accomplished, but first you need to expand your house. And what are you going to feed all the little rugrats?
Agricola is a turn-based game. There are 14 game turns plus 6 harvest phases (after turn 4, 7, 9, 11, 13, and 14). Each player starts with two playing tokens (farmer and wife) and thus can take two actions per turn. There are multiple options, and while the game progresses, you'll have more and more: first thing in a turn, a new action card is flipped over.
Each action can be taken just once per turn, so it's important to do some things with high preference. Each player also starts with a hand of 7 Occupation cards (of more than 160 total) and 7 Minor Improvement cards (of more than 140 total) that he may use during the game if they fit in his/her strategy. This amounts to countless strategies, some depending on your card hand. Sometimes it's a good choice to stay on course, sometimes you better react on what your opponents do.
Agricola can also be played without cards (family game) and can even be played solo.
Contents: 360 cards, over 300 wooden components, 50+ tiles, 9 boards, tokens, scoring pad.
No. of players: 1-5
Playing time: 120-180 minutes
Box size: 9"x12"x3"
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