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Subject: My agricola frustration rss

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Casper Pepermans
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Ok,

It's really simple...
My girlfriend and I had bought Agricola a long time a go.
Since we have started to play we never had a high score! It's more about 20/30 and its rare we score 30.

Today I started a solo game, i've read the rules again etc.
And yet again my score is just 32! And it's just stupid! because in the rules they say "You have to get 50 in the solo game".

Does anyone have any ideas to get a better score because i'm getting crazy about it!
 
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Gustav Åkerfelt
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Are you sure your playing it right? Sounds oddly low?
What do you usually end up with in terms of animals, vegetables, housesize & type etc?

Or do you end up with lots of negative points from things?

Getting to 50 in singleplay should be doable if not on your first try then atleast after a coupple of tries.

Could you post what that 32 pts score consisted of?
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Mike Kollross
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The trick with the solo game is to leave resources pile up as long as you can to maximize each move. Getting into that mind set will help and it will screw up your multiplayer game.
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After playing many games of Agricola (no solo games), my highest score was around 42. The highest for my set was around 52. Its all about diversification, few or no unused spaces, and card and bonus points.
 
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I suggest going to the Agricola game page, scrolling down, and browsing through the strategy section of the forums.

Or just go here - http://boardgamegeek.com/forum/941/agricola/strategy
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Yes, a break down of the scoring you use would be helpful.

I think you might be scoring incorrectly.



Make sure you score 2 points for each family member. That should give you 8-10 points!

Also, upgrading you house to clay or stone will score you plenty of points: a 5 room stone house is worth 15 points!

Lastly, don't forget that many of the cards include VP as well -- denoted by the numbered coin to the lower left of the picture.

Good luck!
 
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Michael Giron
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CrankyPants wrote:
Yes, a break down of the scoring you use would be helpful.

I think you might be scoring incorrectly.



Make sure you score 2 points for each family member. That should give you 8-10 points!

Also, upgrading you house to clay or stone will score you plenty of points: a 5 room stone house is worth 15 points!

Good luck!


You have those mixed up. I think you meant to say family member scores 3 points each and a 5 room stone house is worth 10 points (2 pts per room).
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I would have to say you are forgetting something. Like someone else said let some of the supplies build up. Also are you taking advantage of the cards correctly? things like the baker and butcher. I have also seen and forgot myself about animals making babies.

Also on the last round it helps if you already have what you need, such as food to feed the family(i know easier said then done sometimes), so that all you are doing is filling in any empty spaces. Like just putting one animal in a open area, sowing a field, or putting one of the little house thing.(cant remember name)

just a few thoughts.
 
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Be sure you are taking as many family growth actions as you can. Worker tokens are worth points in the end, but they also perform more actions, getting more done in a shorter time frame. It may seem like it is hard to feed all your workers, but if you work on that aspect of the game, I think you'll find there are ways to do it.

I've seen many scores in the ranges you mention when people don't bother getting to the full size family as soon as they possibly can. That might be something you need to work on.

Also, it's important to build a farm that covers the whole board. Big pastures are handy for this, but don't neglect building a bigger house, too. It's often better to build a very large fenced in area and subdivide it later if you can that to build little areas and hope you still have enough time and tokens to build it bigger later. You can lose a lot of points with big empty areas.

Lastly, try to get at least 1 of everything on the score card by the end of the game. One vegetable, which you can get with a single action, even if you do nothing with it, can be a 2 point swing. Try not to get skunked on any aspect of the farm.
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It sounds to me that you are playing something wrong. Also, are you playing the simple game or the proper game? There is a huge difference in score when you add the occupations and minor improvements.
 
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35 sounds like an average score for our 2 & 3 player games. Guess we just arent very good at it from the sounds of it.
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the1jugg wrote:
35 sounds like an average score for our 2 & 3 player games. Guess we just arent very good at it from the sounds of it.


I wouldn't say that. 35 is a very normal score for basic play or a very competitive environment. Higher scores will range into the 40s for good play, but remember that Agricola is a very competitive game and if people are doing the right thing, using the best actions, it's going to interfere with a player's ability to score high.

One shouldn't confuse the solo game scores with multiplayer scores. Solo play lets you do funny things that result in much higher scores.
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Moved to Agricola->General
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Rarely getting to 30 sounds like you're messing some rule up, or REALLY neglecting family growth.
 
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Yeah, sounds like a rule could be played wrong. Are you letting resources (if they have a red arrow) accumulate each turn?
 
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My maximum of Points was 61 with the family version in solo play. Didn't try the game with all the cards yet.

Will do next time. In Games of 2 players it's normal to get more than 30 Points.
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