Here’s a quick setup guide for the board game Keyflower. If  you want a rules refresher, watch my How to Play Keyflower video.

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HI! It’s Ryan from Nights Around a Table. Here’s how you set up Keyflower. sort the tiles into their four seasons according to the little icons. Then deal out some winter tiles to each player. This is a bit of a bummer for new players, because they have to devise a strategy right off the top of the game using iconography they don’t understand in a game they’ve never played. In a 2, 3, or 4 player game, deal out 3 winter tiles each. In a 5- or 6-player game, deal out 2 winter tiles.

The number of tiles that go out for auction in each season is also player dependent: it’s player count plus four. The unused tiles go back in the box.

The number of boats should equal the number of players, and there’s alway one less turn order tile than the player count, except in a six player game. Just look for the helpful symbols on the tiles to help you figure out which ones to use.

Each player gets a screen and 8 keyples pulled randomly from the bag. Deal out one home tile to each player at random. The player with the lowest-numbered home tile gets the purple starting player token.

Resource barrels and green keyples form a supply, and skill tiles all go face-down.

Load up the boats up with their tools and keyples, and then deal the spring tiles out to the middle of the table for your first auction.

And now you’re ready to play! If you’d like to know more about how to play, click the link at the end of this video or in the description below to watch my complete How to Play video, which includes the setup segment you just watched. And if you like what i’m doing, click the badge to subscribe, and the bell to get notifications. And now, we dance!

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Keyflower is the most well-known and popular entry in designer Richard Breese’s “key” series, which includes titles like Key Market and Keythedral. Key whiz! Buy your own copy of Keyflower using the Amazon link below, and we’ll receive a small commission.

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In Key Flower, each player starts with a “home” tile and an initial random team of workers. Matching colored workers are used to bid for tiles to add to a player’s village, to upgrade tiles or to generate resources, skills or additional workers. Players not only use their own tiles, but can also use tiles from the other player’s villages, or even the new tiles being auctioned. During the first three rounds; spring, summer and autumn, more workers will arrive aboard the Key Flower and her sister boat, some skilled in the working of key resources. In winter, the final round, players will choose the village tiles for auction, each offering victory points for certain combinations or resources, skills and workers. The player whose village and workers generate the most victory points wins the game!

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