Julian Anstey
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A design for the MicroGame Print and Play Contest [2014].

Components: 30 cards + 3 rules cards
7 pastures
2 cows
2 pigs
2 sheep
2 chickens
2 donkeys
3 cereals
3 vegetables
3 fruit
3 tents
1 tractor

Image of prototype:


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is doing the final artwork.

Rules:
Card 1:
Pleasant Prospect Farm is yours! Will
you keep animals, which are valuable but
require a fenced paddock? Will you grow
crops? Or diversify and offer camping
facilities? Finally, a tractor will be a great help
with ploughing and harvesting, but if you have
campers they may not like the noisy
machinery!

Setup
Shuffle the cards and deal 4 to each player.
Place the remainder as a draw pile.

Gameplay
Play 3 rounds with the following 4 steps:
1 . Each player takes 1 card from the draw pile.
2. Each player places 1 card face up in front of
them (reveal them simultaneously).
3. Each player places 1 card face down in
front of them.
4. Each player passes their remaining cards to
the next player clockwise.

Card 2:
Game End
Each player places their last received card face
up in front of them and turns over the 3 face
down cards. The scores are tallied and the
highest score wins. If you wish to resolve a
tie, play again to determine the winner.

Scoring
Paddocks - Each paddock can accomodate 1
or 2 animals of the same type (e.g. 1 or 2 pigs).
Animals - Each animal scores the appropriate
number of points, provided it can be
accommodated in a paddock, otherwise it
does not score.
Cereals / Vegetables / Fruit - Each card
scores the appropriate number of points.
Tents - Score 4 points for 1 tent card, 10
points for 2 tent cards or 18 points for 3 tent
cards.
Tractor - Score 3 additional points for each
cereal or vegetable card, but lose 2 points for
each tent card.

Card 3:
Example
Anna scores the following:
Paddock with 2 sheep 16
Paddock with 1 donkey 6
Cereal 3
Paddock (empty) -
Total 25

Ben scores:
2 Cereals 6
2 Vegetables 8
Fruit 4
Tent 4
Tractor +12 -2
Total 32

Charlotte scores:
Paddock with 2 cows 20
2 tents 10
Fruit 4
Chicken (without paddock) -
Total 34
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Tim Patterson
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This sounds like a quick and fun game I could play with the kids. I'd be interested in trying a prototype if you create one.

How are you working out the best point balance for the game - by trial and error testing or by analysing possibilities?
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Thanks. Yes, my kids (aged 8 and 11) like it a lot.

I started out by just trying some reasonable-sounding values. Playtesting showed up some issues, so I did some analysis based on that and then tested and tweaked some more.
 
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Here is a pdf of the prototype cards, including rules:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxdoGc4NM2uYcG5RV1RINlRkWUk...
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Looks fun!

I'm thinking of doing up a set of (black-n-white) cards that are 1.60"×2.50", so I can get 18 of them on a single (8½"×11") sheet. So just two sheets for the whole game (not counting rules) ... really a MICRO-game!
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j409603 wrote:
Here is a pdf of the prototype cards, including rules:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxdoGc4NM2uYcG5RV1RINlRkWUk...


Looks like there's a typo on the tractor card?
It shows veg as +2 and tent as +3, but the rules say veg is +3 and tent is -2.

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kswingruber wrote:
... a set of (black-n-white) cards that are 1.60"×2.50" ...

So I did it:


Played it with the wife and kid (8 years old) this evening, and it was an instant hit! Three games in about 30 minutes (that included explaining the rules) and the kid got the highest total score.

Kind of an express version of an Agricola/7 Wonders mash-up... what's not to like!?

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kswingruber wrote:
Looks like there's a typo on the tractor card?
It shows veg as +2 and tent as +3, but the rules say veg is +3 and tent is -2.


Thanks for that. The rules are correct. I don't have access to the file right now, but as soon as I do I'll fix the card.

And thanks for the nice feedback.
 
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The tractor card is fixed.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxdoGc4NM2uYcG5RV1RINlRkWUk...
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Julian - looks like a terrific game. Looking for fun stuff to play with my kids!

Can I get a copy of the files below to try out?

kswingruber wrote:

Looks fun!

I'm thinking of doing up a set of (black-n-white) cards that are 1.60"×2.50", so I can get 18 of them on a single (8½"×11") sheet. So just two sheets for the whole game (not counting rules) ... really a MICRO-game!
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Thanks, Joel.

Best contact kswingruber directly for the B/W micro-micro cards. Alternatively, I hope to be able to post the official artwork later this evening.
 
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The final artwork is now available here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxdoGc4NM2uYYWlESUdtcVMtdDQ...

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has done me proud.

Here is an example:

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wow stellar job
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Good little game. thumbsup

Now all it's lacking is its own entry here on BGG.

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It has been a pleasure to work with Julian again. The game is fun and I think that has inspired me a lot when drawing.
I think we will spend great moments with this game in company of my daughter.
Please, give a try if you can.
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Great Job, this looks beautiful.

This might just be me, but when I look at the PNP, some of the score values appear to be missing: for instance above the sheep and pigs. Previewing on Chrome on a Mac.

Anyway, great job!
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I noticed the same, but it's the in-built viewer causing problems. If you download the PDF and use Adobe Reader, it all looks fine.
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I couldn't print it at first either.
I downloaded it and opened it in acrobat and it worked.
Really nicely done.
Great art.
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Hello Julien, I'm fan of Tooting Town and because of that I will try this one too. I've read the rules but I didn't understand how the normal round is:

"1 . Each player takes 1 card from the draw pile.
2. Each player places 1 card face up in front of
them (reveal them simultaneously)."

How is it?
1) the first player takes one card from the draw pile and places 1 card face up in front of them; OR
2) the first player takes 1 card from the draw pile and the 2th player takes one card from the draw pile and the 3th player does the same. ?

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Thanks for playing again. I hope you like it. Sorry, it's hard to make the rules completely clear in a limited space.

1. Every player takes 1 card from the draw pile and puts it in their hand.
2. Every player places 1 card from their hand face up in front of them.
3. Every player places 1 card from their hand face down in front of them.
4. Everyone passes their cards to the next player.

The cards in step 2 should be revealed by everyone at the same time, to avoid anyone gaining an advantage by seeing the cards of other players before placing their own.

So, each round, everyone takes 1 card from the draw pile and places 2 cards from their hand in front of them; 1 face up and 1 face down. Then they pass their cards to the next player. All of this is repeated 3 times and the final passed card is then added to the rest and scoring takes place.
 
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Now I understood!!! Tks!! I can't wait to play with my son.
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