Saturday, April 3, 2010
What can I say about Agricola? This was my first time playing it, and I must say the hype for it has been great over the years, including one of the vaunted top slots on BGG's list. It's a pricey game, but Andy picked it up at almost half price in a scratch-and-dent sale.
As you can see form the pic, there is a lot going on, but after a turn or two, it moves along a good clip. You're a farmer, with a family. And livestock. And vegetables. And you're growing them. It certainly sounds like a weird setup, and certainly an odd basis for a boardgame, but it is what it is, and somehow, it works marvelously.
Now was it the "best boardgame" I've ever played? I can't say that, but I only played it the one time. I can see the appeal, and each game is going to be different than the last, especially if everyone knows what they're doing. Unlike some games, where you can focus on one element to win, in Agricola you've got to focus on all the aspects at the same time, and build them all up equally. Resources are limited though, and more often than not one of the other players takes a turn before yours, and scoops up that last resource you were counting on.