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Teaching games well in an easy way will give the players a more pleasant experience during the first play.

I did explained this game more than 100 times during playtesting.
If you are the one who usually reads the rules and have the hard job of explaining Vinhos, you will find here some of my experiences that may help you trough that ungrateful task.

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Like in my first list 'Vinhos - how to play list' this is a work in progress and, I will add some new items to make it grow once in a while.
If you have some doubts or suggestions please feel free to place them at the related items. Or consult the above link to a more completed explanation of the rules.
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1 - Where to start?

At first don't worry to explain the mechanics of the game, just focus your attention in the different areas of the board.

Setup the game and, give the players a quick thematic overview of the game. Drop a line or two about the goal to win using visual aids.

This is how I usually do:

1 - 'Vinhos is a game about wine industry, where players play the part of winemakers in Portugal. They will produce and use the wines to get fame and prestige translated in VP.'

Visual aid - Wine tiles

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'The main goal of the game is to get more VP than the others. The player with the most VP will be the winner.'

Visual aid - Scoring track

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'A game of Vinhos takes 6 turns, equivalent to 6 years, in each year the player take two actions, one at the time, then a quick maintenance step, and a production step. In 3 of those years a wine taste competition will happen. After the 3rd fair after the last year production of the game, players may spend their surplus wines taking rounds.
The game ends, when all players had passed.'


Visual aid - Turn counter

Move the tracking pawn along the turn counter while explain this.

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Time: 1 minute.
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2 - Wine uses to get money and VP

Show the different things players can do with the wine produced, pointing the scoring places and where to get money.

1 - 'The wine can be sold for money, taking the sales action.'

Visual aid
Place one or two barrels in any spot of the hang-outs.

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Place your action pawn in the sales action of the quadrel.

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2 - 'Be trade for VP thought Exportation, taking the export action.'

Visual aid
Place a few barrels in any spots of the exportation spaces.

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Use another players pawn and place it at the exportation action of the quadrel.

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3 - 'sending one wine to the fair'

Visual aid
Use another players pawn and place it at central spot of the quadrel

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Take a fair tile and place it in any of the fair booths

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4 - 'or using these fair managers services'

Visual aid
Place a barrel in one of the guys and two more in any of the multipliers.

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At this point you should have in front of you only a couple of barrels.
While players assimilate these rules, show the few barrels you have left and make them think, shooting this line:


'As you can see, there are very few barrels to use and a lot of places to use them, so, try to manage them right.'

Then, you go:

'Those medallions drawn in the board represent victory points.
The red ones are immediate ones and the ivorys' are VP at the end of the game.'


Visual aid
Point the medallions on the exportation action space, exportation zone, managers, wine taste competition and the bank.

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Time: 2 minutes.
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3 - Producing wine. Vineyards.

Now it's time to focus at the player board.
Explain how players get wines and, how they can improve their quality. This will introduce the first main concept of the game. The 'Production value' of the wines.

'Each player board is divided in 4 Estates.
At the top of each estate players will develop their wine properties in each region of Portugal.
At the bottom, players will store their produced wines during the production step.

To produce a wine the player have to buy at least one Vineyard from one region of Portugal in any state.
This will Produce a wine with a 'Production Value' of 2 points as stated in the vineyard tile. It means that the wine quality worth 2 points.'
(forget the region bonus for now).

Visual aid - Vineyards
Take a top vineyard from any region in Portugal and place it at the top left of one Estate of your player board.

Take a 2 points production value tile and, place it at the left most warehouse space of the same space.

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'Each vineyard will produce a white wine or a red wine depending of the color of the square at the top right of the tile'


Visual aid - Vineyards
Take another vineyard of the same color from the previous region and place it at the same state as before. Pointing to the color square of the tile. Without talking about it, place the renown cubes in each one of regions where you took the vineyards. This will leave the players curious. Just keep make them wait.

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Reinforce the example:
'In this case my estate is established at 'Sado' Region and produces red wine.'

Continue:
'Since I have two vines in my estate, during production step, I will have a wine with a 'production value' of 4 points. 2 points for each vineyard, as drawn in the tile.'

And finish:
'Taking the vineyard action you can buy the top vineyard from many regions you want. Only one per region. Each estate can only have vineyards from the same region and with the same color.'

'So, if I want to produce more wines I just take vineyards from different regions and place them in different estates.'


Visual aid - Vineyards
Place one action token at the buy vineyards action of the 'Quadrel'.
Take a few more vineyards from different or from the same region and place them in some different Estates of your player board.

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Time: 2 minutes.


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4 - Improving wine quality

'Besides the number of vineyards in each estate, there are a few more elements to improve the quality of the wine.

Wineries, will add one more point, and enologists, two more points. The problem with enologists is that, at the maintenance step, you must pay a salary of 1000 bagos from the bank, for each one you have and they also must be placed in an empty winery. The advantage, is they can move from estate to estate before the year vintage.'(production step).


Visual aid - wineries and enologists.
Reveal the tiles and move a pawn in the quadrel actions, showing where you can get them.
Also point at the enologist symbol at the bank, to the players remember that the salary money have to be from the bank. Reinforce that rule.

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add a quick note:
'You have a limited of two wineries per Estate, other wise you cannot produce wine because you don't have any space left to build a vineyard'

Visual aid - Wineries and enologists
Place two examples showing different ways to grow a Estate.
Without talking about it, place the renown cubes in each one of regions where you place the wineries. Like you did with the vineyards. Just keep make them wait.

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Then continue.
'But the weather also plays an important role in the quality of the wine produced. He will add or take a few points to the quality.
If the weather is bad, the vintage will be also bad, and players will produce wines of inferior quality, if the weather is good, the vintage will be good, and the wine quality also improves.'


Visual aid - Weather tile
Show some good and bad weather tiles and point to the influence number, giving an example, of the 'produced value' accounting.

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Time: 2 minutes.

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5 - The Quadrel actions

Continue...

Until now, explanation time: 5/6 minutes
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