Agricola All Creatures Big and Small
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- Become an animal breeder and try to make the most of your pastures
- Start the game with a personal board that you make bigger by adding land or by building
- A full game only takes 30 minutes
- This version of the game is intended for 2 players
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ZMG70970 Agricola All Creatures Big and Small
By Z-Man Games
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Designed by Uwe Rosenberg
Agricola for 2 players: a small box full of animals.
Agricola, a game that needs no introduction! Players from all around the world have gone crazy for this return to the world of Agricola. From agriculture to animal breeding, Agricola is an enormous success on all game tables.
Agricola - All Creatures Big and Small, a game designed exclusively for 2 players! In fact, for the last year, Uwe Rosenberg has been working on a whole new version of the game. His objective: to offer a specialized two-player version of Agricola that would offer the same sensation as the original, but in a much shorter, more direct form. The result is that Agricola for 2 players is impressively efficient for such a short game (30 to 40 minutes)! It is not only fast to play; it takes seconds to set up. This gives you the possibility of playing the game over and over!
In Agricola, All Creatures Big and Small, you become an animal breeder (horses, cows, sheep and pigs) and try to make the most of your pastures. You will start the game with a personal board that you must make bigger by adding additional parcels of land or by building new infrastructures, because as the game advances, your herd continues to grow!
1 game board
2 farm boards
144 wooden pieces
16 cardboard tiles
4 farm extensions
1 starting player tile
9 goods tiles
1 score pad
1 rule sheet
No. of players: 2
Ages: 13 and up
Playing time: 30 minutes
From the Manufacturer
Agricola, a game that needs no introduction. Players from all around the world have gone crazy for this return to the world of Agricola. From agriculture to animal breeding, Agricola is an enormous success on all game tables.. Agricola - All Creatures Big and Small, is a game designed exclusively for 2 players. This is a standalone, specialized two-player version of Agricola that offers the same sensation as the original, but in a much shorter, more direct form. The result is that Agricola for 2 players is impressively efficient for such a short game (30 to 40 minutes). It is not only fast to play; it takes seconds to set up. This gives you the possibility of playing the game over and over. In Agricola – All Creatures Big and Small, you become an animal breeder (horses, cows, sheep and pigs) and try to make the most of your pastures. You will start the game with a personal board that you must make bigger by adding additional parcels of land or by building new infrastructures, because as the game advances, your herd continues to grow. Contents: 1 game board, 2 farm boards, 144 wooden pieces, 16 cardboard tiles, 4 farm extensions, 1 starting player tile, 9 goods tiles, 1 score pad, and 1 rule sheet.
Top Customer Reviews
In this game, players compete for victory points which are earned by raising the most livestock and building the most valuable buildings. You make decisions each turn to: collect building materials, collect livestock, expand your farm boards, build structures (stalls, stables, food troughs, buildings), lay out fences to create animal pens, move livestock, and pick up goods. The game lasts exactly 8 rounds - when the yellow borders in the general supply are exhausted the game ends.
There are a lot of decisions to make, and different strategies. There are ways of 'cheating' your opponent but collecting items on the board before they can, since some of the items are not added unless an item exists in the space already (like the space with 1 reed having a sheep added during the refill phase if there is already a reed in the space).
The rules are very well explained in the manual - and there are tons of online help tutorials - as well as terrific customer service from Z Man games.
We highly recommend this game to fans of good two player Euro board games. (Also check out Rivals for Catan - another fun 2 player variant of a major Euro game franchise).
So when I brought up All Creatures Big and Small, she was extremely cautious. I told her that the play time was 30 minutes, and you don't have to feed the family. What a trooper...she tried it! And she ended up liking it! She told me the next morning that she woke up in the early hours of the morning and couldn't fall back asleep because she was thinking of different strategies to win. So proud!
If you are new to Euro-style games, be aware that there is no random chance in this game--or rather, the randomness at play in your game is created by the decisions of your opponent. The skill of play is in finding the best timing for acquiring the various resources in the game to maximize your score at the end of the game. As with Agricola, the farming theme is well done, aided aesthetically by the inclusion of the little wooden animal pieces (affectionately called "animeeples" by dedicated boardgamers).
This is one of the best 2-player Euro games I have played. Turns are short and sweet, the decisions are very clear while being just hard enough to choose between. I highly recommend it. One might rightly ask how this game fares compared to the full Agricola for two players. This one wins out on speed of setup and play, at the sacrifice of some complexity (or, if you prefer, richness or depth of play). I find that this game is appropriate for slightly more casual play than Agricola proper. And, when you take into account the setup time, you could pretty easily get two games of All Creatures done in the time it would take to play one of Agricola. It is by no means redundant, so my advice is to own both. :-)
After 6 plays, I am confident that experienced players could reliably finish in about a half hour. I would suggest going by the age recommendation on the box (13+); I think younger players could play with others of their age, but most would find it difficult to be at all competitive with adult opponents.
We both read the instructions first and once we started playing everything made more sense. My fiance and I enjoyed that we could each check our own copies of the rules as we played for the first time. We both felt like we understood the game after the first play through which took us 1hr, although it didn't feel that long, and didn't really need the instructions after that.
The box says 30min play time. I've played it with 4 different people now and the average game takes 30-45min depending on how much pausing occurs to think out the next move. We especially enjoy the shorter play time compared to some other more die hard board games that take 3+ hours to play because if you lose it's not like you just wasted 3+ hours of planning for nothing! Where other games leave us feeling worn out afterwards, this one leaves us wanting to play again right away (usually to exact vengeance!).
The only rule I was unclear on was the Start Character Token. I emailed Z-Man Games and received a reply within a couple hours explaining it. Great Customer Service from them.
Ordered two of these in a row "ships and sold by Amazon".
Box and instructions are in English.
Tiles are in "?" language.
They are also not in shrink wrap. Question if these are even new. Knew it was too good to be true that Amazon got OOP games, but was hopeful.
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I also received the dutch language on the game tiles, which is a real bear. The box/instructions are English but the game tiles are not.Read more