In Agricola (Latin for “farmer”), you’re a farmer in a wooden shack with your spouse, and little else.
Players begin the game with two family members and can grow their families over the course of the game. But remember you have to grow more food to feed your family as it grows!
Feeding your family is a special kind of challenge. Players plant grain and vegetables while supplementing their food supply with sheep, wild boar, and cattle.
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.
Each player also starts with a hand of 7 Occupation cards and 7 Minor Improvement cards that players use for their strategy.
Agricola is a turn based game. There are 14 game turns plus 6 harvest phases. Each player starts with two tokens (farmer and wife) and can take two actions per turn.
This creates countless strategies, some depending on your card hand. Sometimes it’s a good choice to stay on course, sometimes you better react to what your opponents do.
Agricola can also be played without cards and can even be played solo. Features improved all wood components and a card selection from the base game as well as its expansions, updated for this edition.