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Store:  Strategy Games
Edition:  Agricola
Series:  Agricola
Theme:  Farming / Ranching
Format:  Board Games
Other:  Essen 2007 releases

Agricola

original German edition


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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 60+ minutes 1-5

Designer(s): Uwe Rosenberg

Publisher(s): Lookout Games

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Product Description

"Agricola" is the Latin word for "farmer". Players are farmers back in medieval times when you had little more than a spouse, a tiny wooden shack, and lots of broken land that you needed to tame and cultivate. You have lots of possibilities for improving your land -- collecting clay, wood or stone; building fences; herding sheep, boars or cattle -- but each turn you have only two actions, one each for you and your spouse. 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?

The game lasts 60 minutes, plus about 10 extra minutes for each player.

Description written by W. Eric Martin and used with permission of BoardgameNews.com

Product Awards

Deutscher Spiele Preis
1st place, 2008
Spiel des Jahres
Special Award, 2008
International Gamers Awards
Winner: Multi-Player Games, 2008

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Uwe Rosenberg

  • Publisher(s): Lookout Games

  • Year: 2007

  • Players: 1 - 5

  • Time: 60 or more minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 2,220 grams

Agricola has the following expansions available:

Agricola: 5 Designer-Spielbretter 5-pack of designer player boards Out of Stock

Agricola: Spielbrett Frühling Spring player board Out of Stock

Agricola: Spielbrett Herbst Autumn player board Out of Stock

Agricola: Spielbrett Wild West Wild West player board Out of Stock

Agricola: Spielbrett Mars Mars player board Out of Stock

Agricola: Beutel Baustoffe bag of building materials Out of Stock

Agricola: Beutel türkiser Spieler turquoise player pieces Out of Stock

Agricola: Beutel goldgelber Spieler yellow player pieces Out of Stock

Agricola: Spielbrett Winter Winter player board Out of Stock

Agricola: Farmers of the Moor English language edition of Agricola: Die Moorbauern Out of Stock

Animeeples Wooden Farm Animals Agricola accessory Out of Stock

Vegimeeples Wooden Farm Vegetables Agricola accessory Out of Stock

Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 4.1 in 8 reviews

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Still has all the pizzazz so many years later
January 20, 2017

The classic that began it all, it was one I had the most questions with, nearly ten years after I first got it: does this game still have the pizazz that merits keeping it even in the face of newer Rosenberg Harvest games to my collection?

The short answer: a resounding YES.

I have the first reprinting of the game that featured what is charmingly known as "animeeples" rather than cubes to represent livestock. I don't know what's up with the reprint, which I hear conflicting reports about.

There's a kind of lovely flow to the play process—every round, you add an action space and send out your farming family to add fields and sow crops, create pastures and bring home animals, and of course somehow scratch out enough food to keep your family alive while scoring quite a few points.

The key to the enjoyment of Agricola are the occupation and minor improvement cards. The major improvements are the same every game, but even in the base game, you get a dealt hand of seven occupations and seven minor improvements out of quite a hefty deck to play with. Every single one is unique, and making the most of the synergies in your hand is vital to doing well. In fact, I'd say that the longevity of this game is due to these cards alone. In this way Agricola shares a certain combo-riffic quality with Magic: the Gathering and other collectible games—and for a much lower investment point, even if you get every single small expansion.

And there are so many of those. I thought for sure I would get bored with the smaller number of occupations that a 1-player or 2-player can use, but as it turns out, even with two extra expansions you're never going to run out of combinations. For maximum bang for your buck, you should get the decks named after countries—such as the Netherlands deck or the France deck, which are the ones I recommend the most.

There's so much to love about this game—but be forewarned: it's by far the most stressful of the series in terms of the "feeding your people" mechanism, especially in the solo game —however, for those who love worker placement, engine building, tough decisions, and infinite variability in every game, Agricola is unbeatable in the Harvest series.

By the by, a lot of gamers dislike the Forest and X-Deck additions to the game, since those add zaniness and unpredictability, but I find that for solo games, both or either add an extra incentive to visit that 3(2)-wood space and first ore space that otherwise wouldn't exist.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
 
 
 
 
 
by Jarvis
Looks Intimidating, Easy to Learn
October 09, 2016

Played an version of this game that accommodated 5 players.

Pulling the game out of the box and setting it up for 5 players made it look incredibly intimidating. We went online to find a "How to Play" video, which left us confused at first. We found that it helped to pause the video and have someone read the instructions corresponding to the video.

Once everything was set up and we started playing, everything became clear and by the 2nd worker action in the first round, we were on a roll. Despite the instructions recommending the family version for first time players, we went with the regular version by only using the "E" deck. Instead of the 30-45 minutes per player estimate (so about 2.5 hours) it took us 5 hours to play. What held us up was trying to employ too many strategies at once or just plain old choice paralysis. We all agreed that the next time we played, we'd be using an sand timer.

We had an awesome time playing the game, and we're all looking forward to the next time we play.

The best way we described the game would be Settlers of Catan meets Farmville.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.
 
 
 
 
 
by Jarvis
Great
December 08, 2013

Great! Fun! Complex! Engrossing! Why someone would give a game that clearly has hundreds of action cards a 1/2 star review because it's hard to play without English literacy skills is quite baffling.

Note: this review refers to a different release of this product.

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