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Subject: Everything I Played: Agricola at BAP games day rss

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Chris Ferejohn
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Originally posted at http://EverythingIPlayed.blogspot.com. It's something between a review and session report, so I'm just posting it in general.

A game that simulates the breakneck excitement of running your own farm, this game is currently the #1 on BoardgameGeek.com, having wrested the spot from Puerto Rico, a game that simulates the breakneck excitement of running your own plantation.

Snarkiness about the theme aside, this game does an excellent job of providing variety within its framework. Even though "good" farms all look pretty similar by the end of the game (since the scoring encourages getting a little of everything), the abilities provided by your hand of cards are varied enough that the road you take to get there will differ dramatically from game to game.

This game illustrates that point very well. Agricola requires that you feed your family every few turns. In order to generate enough food to do this, especially towards the end of the game, you nearly always need to to either get a fireplace/cooking hearth (to turn animals into food) or an oven (to turn grain into food). In this game, I managed to cobble together food from a variety of other sources and fed my family just fine without any of the typical sources, and I won the game pretty comfortably.

Chris 43
Walter 32
August 28
Sean 27

Game Time: 120 minutes
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Ron Hoppe
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Puredeadbrilliant!!!


I have also found that several of my wins and some of my highest scores have come from feeding my family in unconventional ways. Glory be!
 
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Ian Thatcher

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Last 4 player game i played a few days ago i had two occupatino cards that worked toward traveling players. 1st one gave me a min. of 4 food from traveling players and the second gave me 1 grain anytime i took traveling players.

Made for a great way to save a ton of other turns. Sadly i still lost 44 vs. 45. I just coulnd't get the reed needed to upgrade my house.

But i never went hungry that's for sure and at the end of the last two harvests i just realized that i was feeding my people 3 food each instead of two.......but no biggie i had food coming out of my ears anyways.
 
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