***NOTE: This edition now includes the Animeeples!
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.
Problem: 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.
Manufacturer's rules are printed in English. Game components are printed in English.
• 360 cards
• over 300 wooden components
• 50+ tiles
• 9 boards, tokens
• scoring pad
Forgot to give this game a star-rating when I wrote my review. 5 stars all the way! (I guess I wasn't logged in when I wrote my review - I'm "anonymous")
Posted by: Anonymous
Date: 2012/02/21 Time: 1:37am
Have been playing this fame for a few days now, and have introduced a number of friends to it - we all LOVE it! One suggestion I would make though, is to buy the Goodies expansion and the Deluxe Wooden Farmer Set (both available on this site). The game itself only comes with coloured discs and cubes to represent all of the different players, resources, food, and animals. It can be quite confusing to look at and know what is what during game play.
The Goodies expansion gives you a set of "meeples" to replace all the discs and cubes (except player pieces). You get little wooden sheep, boars, and cattle, wooden grain and vegetable markers, and wooden stones, wood, clay, and reed markers. This makes the game much more appealing to the eye, easier to determine what is what during game play, and just fun to play with! The expansion does not include wooden farmers (player pieces), but instead gives you stickers to put on the wooden discs that are included with the base game. They are cute and colourful too, with a range of characters to choose from, but the discs are still small and a pain to pick up and move everywhere. The Deluxe Wooden Farmers Set provides you with farmer meeples, to complete the game. You get 1 farmer, 1 wife, and 3 children per player colour, for a total of 25 meeples. I'm glad I purchased these additional pieces - it made the game way easier and more fun to play.
Also included in the Goodies expansion are 4 additional expansion decks to add to the base game, as well as 5 new 'themed' player boards - winter, autumn, desert, waterfront, and Mars.
If you were to purchase all of the meeples (veggies, animals, resources, and farmers) separately, you would spend the same or more than if you just bought this expansion plus the farmers set, and you wouldn't get the bonus expansion decks or player mats!
This game is rated #4 on Board Game Geek's top 100 games, and for good reason! I highly recommend this game to anyone who enjoys worker placement and/or resource management games! (or anyone who likes to have fun!)
Posted by: Dawitchy (5 reviews)
Date: 2008/11/12 Time: 8:12pm
The Number one game on Board Game Geek and a must for any Eurogame, Strategy and Family Game lovers out there. With the fun of building your own farm, including raising animals, building on to your house and farmyard, planting wheat and Vegetables and even starting a family! The strategy in this game is wonderful with a wide selection of cards to choose from in designing a unique gaming experience every time you play. Definitely a must pick up.
Get it now!!
Posted by: Mister Alex (43 reviews)
Date: 2008/10/14 Time: 6:47pm
Agricola easily lives up to its hype, mixing rich Euro-style strategy with some clever variability, pleasing component design, and a dash of good humour (the characters in Agricola... play Agricola!). The game manages to be unpredictable while still rewarding solid planning and shrewd tactics; and with so many possible avenues to victory, players will find themselves gleefully turning over new gambits and stratagems in their heads for days on end. But perhaps the smartest design feature is the almost preposterous volume of cards: each player gets only 7 of each type for an entire game, but there%u2019s over 300 to work your way through, which practically guarantees that each and every game of Agricola will have its own unique flavour.