Here’s a quick setup guide for the Village. If you need a rules refresher, watch my How to Play Village video.
Hi! It’s Ryan from Nights Around a Table. Here’s how you set up Village.
Everyone takes a farmyard board in their chosen colour, and places four level-1 family members there, along with one coin. Put one of your markers here… and another one up here to track your score.
All the other family members and coins go nearby to form a supply.
Shuffle and stack the customer tiles next to the board, and deal them out to the market spaces. In a 3-player game, skip this space, and in a 2-player game, skip this one.
Same deal with the chronicle – you have to cover up these spaces with some non-player pawns in a 3-player game, and these ones if you’ve only got 2 players, to create scarcity. Do the same in the loser graveyard.
Pick the setup card that matches your player count… and put those cubes into the green bag o’ cube dispersal. Shake it up, and seed the spots according to the numbers on the card. You’ll follow this same procedure at the beginning of every new round.
The starting player ring goes in the council chambers, the oldest player gets the starting player marker, and the four monks go in the black bag o’ holy righteousness.
And now, you’re ready to play Village!
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[Music – Board Game Boogie by Ryan Henson Creighton]
Get Your Own Copy of Village
If present-day worker placement games like Anachrony are a little too snarly for you, Village is a nice, gently-paced alternative made slightly more snarly by its expansions, Village: Inn and Village: Port. Buy the game using the Amazon link below (or the ones embedded in this paragraph) and i’ll receive a small commission.