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Morels


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  • Players: 2
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Age: 10 and up
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  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 8 inches ; 14.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B00CS41TQ0
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,151 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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The woods are old-growth, dappled with sunlight. Delicious mushrooms beckon from every grove and hollow. Morels may be the most sought-after in these woods, but there are many tasty and valuable varieties awaiting the savvy collector. Bring a basket if you think it's your lucky day. Forage at night and you will be all alone when you stumble upon a bonanza. If you're hungry, put a pan on the fire and bask in the aroma of chanterelles as you sauté them in butter. Feeling mercantile? Sell porcini to local aficionados for information that will help you find what you seek deep in the forest. Morels, a strategic card game for two players, uses two decks: a Day Deck (84 cards) that includes ten different types of mushrooms as well as baskets, cider, butter, pans, and moons, and a smaller Night Deck (8 cards) of mushrooms to be foraged by moonlight. Each mushroom card has two values: one for selling and one for cooking. Selling two or more like mushrooms grants foraging sticks that expand your options in the forest (that is, the running tableau of eight face-up cards on the table), enabling offensive or defensive plays that change with every game played. Cooking sets of three or more like mushrooms - sizzling in butter or cider if the set is large enough - earns points toward winning the game. With poisonous mushrooms wielding their wrath and a hand-size limit to manage, card selection is a tricky proposition at every turn. Following each turn, one card from the forest moves into a decay pile that is available for only a short time. The Day Deck then refills the forest from the back, creating the effect of a walk in the woods in which some strategic morsels are collected, some are passed by, and others lay ahead.

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Fun game, and easy to learn.
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Love the theme, the artwork is great, game play is both fun and challenging.
Paul Overton
The artwork is beautiful, theme unique.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tactitles VINE VOICE on November 25, 2013
Ahhh, Morels. If I'm going to introduce someone to a 2 player card game, this will probably be my first choice. Jaipur is another great one, and these 2 have some similarities. Jaipur is great for sure, and it is perhaps a little easier to teach. But Morels is more beautiful, and is a little more challenging.

You get a lot of cards, most of them mushroom cards. They have names, and the names are actually real mushrooms. The artwork on these cards is incredible. You also get some tokens, for pans and foraging sticks. You cook your mushroom sets that you collect in the pans, for points. You use your sticks to forage for cards further ahead on the forest floor, as represented by a line of face up cards that each player collects cards from each turn. You can always select one of the first 2 cards in the line for free (there will always be 8 face up), or you must turn in sticks to take a card further ahead, one stick for each card further away.

The goal is to collect sets of at least 3 like mushrooms in your hand, so that you can lay them down in a pan to get points for the set. There is a hand limit on cards, which is the source of the challenge and strategy in this game. You can increase your hand limit by picking up basket cards, allowing you to carry more, and thus hold more cards. You can also sell mushroom sets of at least 2 cards, by discarding them and picking up however many foraging sticks your set allows. So your basic action choices on your turn are pick up a card and add it to your hand, lay down a set to cook for points, lay down a set to sell for sticks, or play one pan card down in front of you from your hand, to use for cooking a set later. You pick one action each turn.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paul Overton on February 18, 2014
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My wife and I play a lot of games, both in our group and at home. Morels has become one of our favorite two-player games, if not our MOST favorite. Love the theme, the artwork is great, game play is both fun and challenging. Also, if you ditch the box, it's extremely portable. This game is a must have for any collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah Fischer on January 18, 2014
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Everyone I introduce to this game wants to play several more times after their first time. This game is a winner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seouldier on January 23, 2014
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I really liked the theme. I love the idea of the decay pile. The illustrations are really nice and the play is fun and fast. I'm a casual gamer, my husband is more hardcore and he really enjoys playing it with me. We've played several times now and strategies have worked and failed so it's not a straightforward as you'd think. There is some luck involved as the deck is shuffled but no dice rolls. I'm obsessed with getting the night cards!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff DeArment on February 18, 2014
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we play games a LOT. this one is really fun. 2 players only. very durable cards....so much so that I had a difficult time shuffling them for a WHILE! beautiful cards, fast turn play, agonizing decisions, and strategy driven. love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brett Mellbye on January 16, 2014
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This is a very fun and addicting two-player light strategy game. I've already played it over fifty times. It is also fairly portable and can be taken to bars/eateries. My only criticism is that I seem to have vivid dreams about collected mushrooms now..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By casey overstreet on January 7, 2014
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Got this for my wife and I as we enjoy two player games. Its fun and is very thematic. Medium level of depth and complexity. Re playability is a bit low ( once you have played it 5 times you have seen about all there is to offer), but if you play a couple rounds every other month it is great.

Tip: arrange the cards in a circle and mark the start/ end of the trail so you dont have to shuffle cards each turn.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cory Brown on May 7, 2014
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I was looking for an easy-to-learn, two-player game that could act not only as a filler game for my small gaming group, but also as something that I could play with my wife. She's not keen on many modern board games, but the theme of Morels, combined with what seemed like a fairly uncomplicated rule set, looked like it might appeal to her. I'm happy to report that it did.

After a handful of plays, everyone who has tried Morels with me has enjoyed it. Gameplay is elegant and flows well, and it allows for light to medium strategy and planning. The art is beautiful, too; the various settings for the different mushroom types, as well as the differences between day and night cards, shows great attention to detail and passion for the subject matter.

The only downside of gameplay is that it gets a little fiddly, continuously having to shift the cards on the table to the right as new ones are revealed. I can't think of a different mechanic that would work better (although I have heard of a alternative circular layout), but it does tend to bog down play ever so slightly. I also wish that the game came with the plastic foraging sticks and frying pans that were made available at some game conventions. For a game so steeped in theme, having those upgraded components in the baseline package would have put it over the top.

All in all, Morels is a tasty two-player game that brings a one-of-a-kind theme to the gaming table. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next from Two Lanterns Games. (Also, if you want a more in-depth look into the design process for Morels, I recommend checking out the Two Lanterns website. I enjoy the game's theme even more after reading about the love and research that went into it.)
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