Agricola is one of the most challenging board games i’ve ever played. Here’s a quick glance at what it entails. For a more in-depth view, watch my How to Play Agricola video.

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Hi! It’s Ryan from Nights Around a Table, and this is Agricola, a worker placement subsistence farming simulation board game, for 1-4 players, or 1-5 players, depending on the version we’re talking about. Here’s The Deal.

You and your friends play farmers in the 1600s who are struggling to build their little farms and keep their families fed year after year. You’ll be travelling to town to gain resources that will enable you to expand and upgrade your farmhouse, have babies, build fences and stables, breed and eat livestock, grow vegetables, hire contractors, and make minor and major improvements to your farm. But the spaces in town are limited and exclusive, and you’ll have to duke it out with your fellow farmers to get all the stuff you need. Every year, harvest time seems to come sooner and sooner, and you’ll always have a number of hungry mouths to feed. If you’re short on food, you’ll have to go begging for it and lose points. At the end of the game, you’ll earn points for how large and varied your farm is, and you’ll LOSE points for how large and varied it isn’t. Whoever has the most points after the final harvest wins!

Well, does it sound interesting? If you want to learn more about the rules of the game, 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 overview 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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Agricola‘s designer Uwe Rosenberg followed up with Caverna: The Cave Farmers, a kinder, gentler take on the farming sim. Players are divided in determining which game is best, but Agricola seems to have the edge with the hardcore crowd. Personally, i think it’s essential to play at least once if you’re into this hobby. To add a copy of Agricola to your own board game collection, use the Amazon link below and i’ll receive a small commission!