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The Farming Game

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  • An Economic based board game
  • Players act as the farmers, who can buy fields, pastures and ridges
  • The board also activates the weather cycles and time of year
  • The players make their way from winter to fall
  • For 2-6 players
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Whether you're a real farmer or an urban dweller, you'll find The Farming Game is an accurate description of the business risks and gambles of farming. Players begin the game $5,000 in debt with 20 acres of inherited farmland. As players plant crops and sell livestock, they slowly work their way to success...that is if the elements cooperate! Farming has never been this much fun! For 2 to 6 players ages 10 and up.

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More than 350,000 copies of The Farming Game ("The Game Invented on the Seat of a Tractor") have been sold, and this 20th-anniversary edition introduces a new generation to the joys of muck and milking. Every player starts the game with 20 inherited acres and moves through the months (i.e., around the board) trying to build the farm into an independent, successful concern that will feed the whole family. A fun game, it also has a serious, educational side--having been invented by George Rohrbacher, a farmer in Washington State's Yakima Valley, who thought it up while trying to figure out how to make enough cash to hang on to his family farm. Up to six players, ages 10 to adult. --Richard Farr

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Product Dimensions 13.5 x 11.8 x 1.5 inches
Item Weight 2.8 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B00004UDWU
Item model number WF100
Manufacturer recommended age 10 - 15 years
Best Sellers Rank #12,548 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#561 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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By A Customer on May 17, 2004
I honestly could not imagine how a game about farming could be fun. Real farming doesn't look the least bit fun to me. After 4 years of reading game reviewers applaud this game, I broke down and bought it for a reunion weekend with a longtime game-playing friend.
When we were well into the first game, my friend put off going to the bathroom for 45 minutes so she could take "just one more turn" and then another and then another. We finally pried ourselves away from the game to go eat at 9:00pm.
It does start out slowly, so give it 2 or 3 times around the board before you give up on it. You start out in debt at the beginning of a new year. One trip around the board is one calendar year. Your goal is to build a profitable farming operation by buying/renting equipment,planting and harvesting, buying and selling livestock. In the meantime, Real Life intervenes in the form of insects, drought, disease, bad weather,taxes,equipment breakdowns, etc. In spite of these frustrations, the fun part is in the harvest. It's sort of like Monopoly with an adrenaline rush! The more fields you own, the bigger the harvest. The more land you own, the more livestock you can support.
The Farming Game is a great educational model for any business, or Life for that matter. You can borrow too much and end up bankrupt. You can have too little cash on hand and not be able to plant. No planting, no harvest. No harvest, no money. No money, no planting.
This is a great game for competitive players. For it to be fun for everyone, players need to be able to count money and either read the cards or be able to follow directions if someone else reads them. If a child can play Monopoly, he or she can play the Farming Game.
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By A Customer on October 27, 2000
If you like monopoly, you will definitely enjoy this game. Its monopoly with a country twist. The board represents one year and you pass through all the harvest seasons--corn, hay, livestock, etc. During these seasons, you receive the chance to roll the dice and collect your harvest. As you climb your way out of debt, you have options to buy more cows, more hay, more land, tractors, harvestors, and even fruit trees. Its a game of chance and luck that can last for hours or days. Just as you think you've struck it rich, though, there's the operating expense cards and the farmer's fate cards that can take it all away! The Farming Game teaches a great deal about how to manage (and spend) your money, the ups and downs of the market, and how risky farming really is. AFter all, it was invented by a farmer! The Farming Game is one of my favorite games of all time.
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The original game is great, with tons of stickers that don't slide and make it possible to have tons of acres to harvest.
But this version comes with interlocking puzzle pieces that slide all over the board at the slightest bump, and less pieces so you are more limited. Buy the other version.
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I bought this and other board games for my husband at Christmas. Everyone loved playing this game, even the grandparents. It is a very well thought out game very true to life. You never know when your operating expenses will be higher than your crop harvest or if it's your year to get top dollar for your cherry crop. It's also a good game to play if you need to be getting up to check on the kids or get snacks because nobody elses crop effects yours. Your fate is in the hand of the cards, where you land, or what you roll. You don't constantly have to be watching to see if someone lands on your property. I think it would be and excellent game for teenagers because some of the rules are facts of life. For instance, you must have at least 20% down to buy property. I would recommend this game to everyone.
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My Dad got this game for Christmas and we could not stop playing it. Because he grew up on a farm it had special fun for him. Being a non-violentist (who too frequently expresses his shadow over the game board) I really enjoyed the fact that this game can be as cooperative as you want it to be. There were just a couple of rule disputes that my Father and I had but they were minimal and more family than game related.
This game is addictive and fun. The board follows the course of one year. You begin at Christmas Break and your part-time job (so you can keep farming). The goal is to build a farm large enough so you can quit your job in town and become a full time farmer. You buy equipment, acreage of hay, grain (wheat and corn) and fruit, cows and lease ridges in an Eastern Washington farming Valley. If you are familiar with that area of the country this game might have particular appeal to you. As you travel around the board you come to different harvest times. The dollar amount you earn depends upon how much of that crop you have and a roll of the die. Whenever you harvest you also draw an operating expenses card, and if the space you landed on says so you may also draw a dreaded "Farmer's Fate" card. You realize how hard farming can be when you are $45,000 in debt, you harvest doesn't cover your operating expenses and the IRS comes to audit your farm all in one turn.
This game is a lot of fun for the whole family. I recommend it for its educational value because it requires some simple percentage, addition, subtraction, budgeting skills and for its social implications.
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