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Store:  Strategy Games
Series:  Viticulture
Format:  Board Games

Viticulture: Essential Edition


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Ages Play Time Players
13+ 45-90 minutes 1-6

Manufacturer(s): Stonemaier Games

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  • WARNING: Choking Hazard - Small Parts

Product Description

Viticulture is a worker-placement game set in the foothills of Tuscany. The Essential Edition includes the second edition of Viticulture along with several elements from the original Tuscany expansion pack, hand-picked by famed designer Uwe Rosenberg.

Product Information

  • Manufacturer(s): Stonemaier Games

  • Year: 2015

  • Players: 1 - 6

  • Time: 45 - 90 minutes

  • Ages: 13 and up

  • Weight: 1,940 grams

Contents:

  • 1 game board (double-sided)
  • 6 vineyard mats (double-sided)
  • 42 vine cards
  • 36 wine order cards
  • 38 summer visitor cards
  • 38 winter visitor cards
  • 36 Mama & Papa cards
  • 20-page full-color rule book
  • 1 quick-reference guide
  • 18 Field cards
  • 24 Automa cards (solo variant)
  • 31 custom wood worker meeples
  • 6 custom wood grande meeples
  • 48 custom wood structure tokens
  • 6 custom wood rooster tokens
  • 6 custom wood VP tokens
  • 6 custom wood residual tokens
  • 50 glass tokens
This game has the following expansions available:

Viticulture Metal Coins Stonemaier Edition Out of Stock

Viticulture: Moor Visitors Expansion expansion for Viticulture Out of Stock

Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 5 in 1 review

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by Matthew Sanders
Great for couples, New favorite worker placement game!
January 12, 2016

This edition vastly improves on the previous two editions, which were already worthy in their own right. Uwe Rosenberg (creator of Agricola and Bohnanza) helped curate a better gaming experience by choosing the updates from Tuscany (official Viticulture expansion with 12 independent modules) which he felt elevated the base game to the point where it should not be played without them. That said, you can still purchase Tuscany and enjoy the other expansions, some of which really increase the heft of the game. This edition, more than the others, feels complete, well rounded, and highly polished.

If you are new to Stonemaier Games, you are in for a treat. The production quality, art, components, and overall fit and finish is always top quality with this publisher. Nothing they produce feels cheap and this game is no exception. The board is thick, the cards are beautiful (although on the small side), the meeples are well designed, cut, and colored, the glass beads are a perfect choice, the box insert is well thought out, the box itself is beautiful, and the printing is fantastic.

If you are new to Viticulture, this is the perfect way to get started. Before discussing mechanics, I first have to admire the theme. While I was initially skeptical, I found the theme to be exceedingly charming as I played. The mechanics all adhere to the theme in every aspect and at no point does it feel like something was hammered in just to get it in there. The actions make great sense within the theme and it really draws you into the game. I certainly cannot think of any other board games that have spawned recommended wine pairings for while you play. Although, it certainly makes me think along these lines when I play other games now!

If you have ever played a worker placement game before, you will find it is very easy to learn this game. The play is fast paced and simple, but allows for a variety of strategies and individual styles. The player order mechanic is beautifully handled here. Sometimes, it is beneficial to go first, as in most worker placement games. But this game provides some enticing benefits to going later in the turn order. It adds strategy to a mechanic that often doesn't have any and offers benefits to offset not being able to pick first. This attempt to be rewarding, rather than punishing, is seen throughout the game. Each action advances the player, rather than taking away from them and thereby damaging their strategy. This keeps things very light and positive throughout the game.

The addition of the Mamas and the Papas expansion starts players off with different resources, which can affect your whole strategy and make each game different. The ability to sell or buy fields can be helpful in the early stages. The visitor decks are very useful and well balanced. There is a certain amount of luck involved with this game. While this is often a deterrent to people who like to develop strategies without the influence of luck, I felt it was handled beautifully here. There is just the right amount of luck to make the game different from play to play, but not enough to derail your grand schemes.

This edition includes the Automa deck, allowing for solo play. It has been well executed. The game is great for two players, which a lot of worker placement games aren't. Then it scales very well for up to six players. Each player count affects the gameplay, but not in a negative way.

Summarily, this is my new favorite worker placement game. This is partially due to the excellent theme and well executed mechanics. Beyond that, it has a lot to do with who I like to play with. A lot of my games are two person games with my significant other. She can handle the heavier games, but she really enjoys this game. When we aren't sure what to play, this is one of the first suggestions. We enjoy it equally and it causes us both to have more fun playing. Pour a couple glasses of wine and enjoy some quality couple time. Got some geek couple friends? Have them being over a bottle and have a terrific double date!

Buy this game. It is really good.

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