Viticulture Essential Edition Board Game
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- For 1-6 players
- 45-90 minute playing time
- The essential edition includes the second edition of viticulture along with several elements from the original Tuscany expansion pack
- It contains 154 cards at the 44x67mm size and 78 cards at the 63x88mm size
- Includes 36 Mama & Papa cards, 18 Field cards and and 24 Automa cards
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In the game, you find yourself in rustic, pre-modern Tuscany, where you've inherited a meager vineyard. You'll have a few plots of land, an old crush pad, a tiny cellar, 3 workers.and the dream of owning the best winery in Italy. Your job is to allocate your workers and helpful visitors to complete various tasks throughout the year. Each season is different on a vineyard, so the workers have different tasks they can take care of in the summer and winter. There's competition over those tasks, and often the first worker to arrive at each one has an advantage over the rest. Using those workers and visitors, you can expand your vineyard by building structures, planting vines, and filling wine orders as you work towards the goal of owning the most successful winery in Tuscany. The essential edition includes the second edition of Viticulture along with several elements from the original Tuscany expansion pack, hand-picked by famed designer Uwe Rosenberg. These include Mama & papas, fields (properties), various visitor cards, & automat (solo variant).
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|Item Dimensions||3.93 x 8.66 x 10.63 in||6 x 12 x 9 in||7.9 x 2 x 7.9 in||2 x 8.66 x 10.63 in||1.18 x 4.72 x 3.94 in||1.18 x 4.72 x 3.94 in|
|Item Weight||3.35 lbs||7.72 lbs||1 lb||1 lb||0.57 lb||7.04 ounces|
Top customer reviews
While many worker placement games, in my opinion, have a trouble invoking a strong theme, I don't feel that is the case with viticulture. The idea of running a vineyard comes through quite clearly and gives more meaning to the playing of the game. The only thing I feel it's really missing is a bit more importance of having high value wine (or some kind of bonus for doing so). Of course, you may get a wine order or a visitor that requires it, but otherwise having great wine is not necessarily important.
I really like the slight change in worker placement mechanics compared to other games I've played, specifically that the placement is split between two seasons. This adds more decision (and risk) when placing workers, and also helps solidify the theme. While there is an element of randomness involved due to drawing cards, I did not feel it was enough that could not be mitigated. In addition, the game itself is rather straight forward and not particularly hard to learn. This combined with the bit of randomness makes it great for people new to worker placement games (or board games in general), while still being meaty and strategic enough for the more hardcore crowd.
I can't comment on the changes between the original/tuscany and the essential version, as this is the only version I've played.
As for the actual components, all pieces are well made and sturdy, particularly the buildings/meeples/tokens. The artwork is colorful and nice to look at, although some words will blend in the background a bit.
All in all, I highly recommend Viticulture and it has quickly become one of my top games.