Herbaceous was a Kickstarted game from last year that featured lots of beautiful art, and a theme all about storing and growing the most valuable variety of herbs. Dr. Finn Games and Pencil First Games are back again with a new version of the game, Herbaceous Sprouts, which takes the original card game and morphs it into a dice game. In the game each round will have a set number of tool cards, and on those tool cards will be dice that you will get to draft along with the cards. On your turn you will pick a tool card, get all the dice on that tool card, as well as the tool card with gives extra abilities that is associated with that tool. Some of the tools include trowels that allow you to plant flowers, market packages that all you to change dice, seed bags which give extra dice, and more. What you are trying to do is get sets of dice in order to plant your seedlings in the garden, sets like all the same, all different, pairs, or a flower and trowel together to plant in the flower garden. Space is limited in each area so the first person there will get higher points, and if all the spots are taken then you are just out of luck. If you are playing with less than 4 players then there is also a rival who will be planting their seeds according to the leftover card from the initial draft, making card choice at the start even more critical. In the end, whoever has the most points will be the winner.
Like the card game this is based on, Herbaceous Sprouts is beautiful to look at, and with rules that are streamlined and easy to learn, a quick game to play in 30 minutes. A pledge for the base game comes in at $35 plus shipping, and there are additional pledge levels to get other games like Herbaceous or Sunset Over Water along with mini expansions. So head on over to the Kickstarter page to give this one a look, the game also comes packaged with a solo mode for those looking to garden alone.