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Aaron Mesnar
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Hello,

My game group is about to play Viticulture very soon. I own the Essential Edition as well as Tuscany. None of us have played this game before and with so many options, I was hoping someone may be able to suggest to me the best way for the group to play the game if we are to add anything from Tuscany to it or play it straight from the Essential Edition first. Obviously we don't want to confuse anyone, but we have some new comers and we ourselves are not the "veteran" gamers ourselves yet, but looking for the pros out there to suggest the best starting gaming experience for this.

Thank you so much
 
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Greg Darcy
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V:EE is a great game on its own.
Play it until you start to see flaws (there are a few) or want to shake the game up a bit. Then add in the Tuscany map. Play it some more then add in the other modules as they appeal.
 
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Nick Vallina
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I think playing only with the Tuscany board from Tuscany might be the best option.

That board is far superior to the original one, IMO.

but if you want the simplest option, just use Viticulture.
I wouldn't recommend adding in the structures or any other modules other than what's included in Viticulture essential edition
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Jamey Stegmaier
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I highly, highly recommend only playing with Viticulture first.
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Johnny P
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Hi Aaron, great game to play, it remains a game my group plays regularly. I’d encourage you to start with the Tuscany board, but use the side that doesn’t have structures. They are orange’ish in color, small cards, placed on the board at the end after the winter, blue, visitor cards. Use the side that does not have them.

The game rounds are broken down into years with each year having four seasons. Each player will take an action in each season. Both the base game board and Tuscany have players performing actions in each season, spring, summer, fall, and winter. Tuscany makes the spring and fall actions more distinct and consistent, arguably more enjoyable.

Note I’m intentionally not giving a detailed Tuscany board vs base game board breakdown. Our group started with the base game board, one play, then played again with the Tuscany and immediately the response was why didn’t we start with this.
 
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James Ataei
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Based on your group description I'd recommend starting with just the regular V: EE stuff.
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Chris Laudermilk
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Start with V:EE first. Play a few times until everyone is comfortable with the game (and perhaps it's getting a little stale). Then add in T:EE to shake things up and add new options.
 
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Dan Mansfield
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I agree that playing just Viticulture: EE first is the best way to go for people who are new to the game, unless one person is able to teach and explain all the differences with Tuscany. Once you have the flow of the base game down, switch over to Tuscany, using all the extra modules.
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Aaron Mesnar
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Wow thank you everyone!!! Apparently I shared this with my friends and they chose tonight to play it, so I will update you all soon on how it went. Thanks again all
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jameystegmaier wrote:
I highly, highly recommend only playing with Viticulture first.


I second this... I am still adding in all the Tuscany modules but it was a lot easier on me to learn Tuscany a bit at a time. You look back and are amazed at how far you have come!
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