Herbaceous is the latest game from Pencil First Games up on Kickstarter from the mind of Steve Finn, of Dr. Finn’s Games, and the brush of Beth Sobel. Herbaceous is a very beautiful looking card game that plays as a distillation of the push your luck mechanic.
On any given turn you will first be given the option to plant herbs in pots, with each pot having different requirements for what you can put in them for points. One gives points based on how many of one type you put, another for how many unique types, another for how many pairs you put, but the last one is special. In the glass jar you can put as many herbs as you want, but this is also the only pot that can take the special herbs that give bonus points. After choosing to pot plants or not, you must draw an herb card and choose if it will go in your garden, where only you can use it, or the community garden where anyone can use it. After making that choice you draw a second card and are forced to plant it in the opposite garden. The push your luck aspect of the game is when you choose to pot the herbs, do you do it now for some points, or hope it’s there for another round and get more points? Will you pot early to grab special herbs in that hopes of getting the bonus biscuit card, or try to maximize points to offset those lost bonus points? Push your luck far enough without going bust and you may score enough points to emerge the winner.
As I mentioned already the art is stunning and that alone is worth a look at the game. As a bonus for being a backer you get some flavor cards which act as events when they are drawn, affecting the game in different ways. If this game sounds interesting to you then head on over to the campaign page to pledge for your copy.