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I've been tracking my game purchases in this geeklist, but as the posts seem to be more like 'impression reviews', it makes sense to post them as such, too.
Background: This was actually ordered on the back of a video review from Tom Vasel, and mainly because of the amazing-looking fruit! When it arrived I was so over-excited I cracked it open straight away for a solo run-through (just so I could figure out the rules and gameplay for teaching others, you understand).
First impressions: I'm new to this hobby. I suppose I have always loved playing board games but only after being introduced to Settlers of Catan and later Carcassonne did I realise what I had been looking for all these years (perhaps Bono should get onto BGG?...)
Anyway one of the first things I did on this site was to search out a list of all the Spiel des Jahres winners to see which ones took my fancy. With so many games out there it seemed like as good a place as any to start, and as I enjoyed two previous winners a lot I figured the chances were there would be others that I would like too.
Well, it took me a while to get through it and while there were plenty I could dismiss quite easily, and others that leapt out at me and went straight on my wishlist, there were a fair few that I just couldn't tell, even after reading rules, reports and watching video reviews. Finca was one of them.
The video review I watched left me in two minds. Pretty, colourful (good), but is there a point? Would I just find it...boring? In the end the suggestion that this game would introduce people (me included) to games that are described as 'worker management' but in a nice, friendly way kept Finca on my list, and in a flight of fancy I ordered it.
OK so box came and yes, it is very colourful, and I do like the wooden fruit. A lot. Somehow just looking at it all made the purchase worthwhile.
First play: As I say I couldn't wait till I had people to try this out on, so I decided to have a go myself.
On a side note, anyone else feel a touch of guilty sadness about punching out the pieces on a new game? My girlfriend thinks I'm weird, but then she's German and far too practical for such ridiculous sentimentalities.
Set up was actually a pleasure and play flowed quite smoothly, everything made sense and as I enjoy games where you need to collect 'stuff' and spend it later (whether train cards, resource cards or fruit), I had a lot of fun and even managed to win.
I did notice quite early on that there seemed to be a strong advantage for the player who goes first, something others have commented on. After trying the suggestion in that thread, I have to agree this is a more even way of playing.
Ongoing play: I have played numerous games of Finca since, both on Yucata.de and in real life. I enjoyed them all and lost almost every one
It's certainly one of those works-well-with-two-but-just-lacks-that-little-something games (kinda rolls off the tongue, eh?), and while it still seems the first player advantage continues even with the suggested modification, in practice this makes no difference as my girlfriend beats me hands down whether she starts or not. Still, I like the no-starting-fruit rule and tend to use that as a default in all my games.
In sum: Finca-lickin' good (sorry).
Most quoted: "What are the brown ones again?"
Seldom seen: Me winning.
Postscript: I rate this 7/10, although I'm toying with 7.5. It's not the best game I own but it is certainly a lot of fun and I do like the bright colours...I seem to be regressing. It is also my brother-in-law's favourite game, since I introduced it to him
Good review :thumbsup:
I love this game myself. Our most quoted? "Oh, these purples ones? Rotted Garlic"