farming

Agricola, one of the great classics of the Eurogame genre, was originally released in 2007. It was reprinted as a revised edition with new rules, art, and cute little ‘animeeples’ in 2016.  But  Agricola: Farmers of the Moor, one of the more popular expansions, was not given the same treatment at that time. Lookout Games has now released the expansion with the matching updated art and pieces.

Agricola: Farmers of the Moor steps up the misery on your farm a notch from the base game by requiring that you keep your family warm in addition to feeding them.  But it’s not all starvation and pain, you have the opportunity to expand your farm by converting forests and peat bogs to arable land, and even better, you get some cute little horse meeples to add to your paddock. If you have the 5-6 player expansion for the base set, the expansion has everything you need to add the expansion in for all six players.

If you didn’t get quite enough medieval farming with the base set you bought in 2016, Agricola: Farmers of the Moor is available now. See the Lookout Games page (German) for more details.

Announced March 14th, Renegade Games is entering a partnership with Frosted Games to bring some of the newest European-designed games to English markets. The first on the docket is Uwe Rosenberg’s newest title, Reykholt, which is slated to be released this fall during Essen with pre-orders for both English and German copies. In Reykholt, 1 to 4 players are competing to be the best farmer of vegetables in Iceland using geothermal energy to grow your crop and meet demand for delicious points. With gorgeous artwork by Lukas Siegmon, this game is an excellent first choice for this new partnership to undertake and impress broader markets. As stated by Scott Gaeta, founder and president of Renegade games, and quoted in the press release:

“Frosted Games has built up an array of top quality games, to be released in the upcoming years. It is such a pleasure to be working with a wonderful partner located right in the center of the modern European game movement. Kicking off this partnership with a game from famed designer, Uwe Rosenberg, sets the bar high. We look forward to exceeding expectations with future releases through this partnership.”

Partnerships such as these are amazing for the board gaming hobby, especially with the ever-growing amount of new games being created across the world. European designs are still wildly popular and the ability to get these games into more hands than before is also bound to be lucrative for both Renegade and Frosted Games. This news also means that there will be even more reason to keep an eye on both of these publishers around Essen as Reykholt is just the start. If you are interested in Reykholt or any future releases from Renegade Games or their partnership with Frost Games, be sure to visit their website for more information.

mi tiera

The successful worker placement game Mi Terra is returning via Kickstarter in a much-improved version!  Mi Tierra is a Worker placement and resource management game, inspired by the beautiful Chilean countryside, for 2 to 6 farmers competing to produce, buy and sell goods, striving to become the richest and most successful land owner.

Designed by Alberto Abudinen and Diego Benavente, Mi Terra Nueva Era (Mi Terra Second Edition) is an exclusive version of the game, and will include a custom plastic storage tray and multiple stretch goals.

From the Kickstarter description:

Based on the feedback we’ve received, we have the following improvements for the second edition:
  • Revised rulebook; English, Spanish.
  • Increased replayability.
  • More options: rodeo, water, horses, etc. …
  • Faster games, limited to 7 years (rounds).
  • Additional winning strategies.

Check out Mi Tierra Nueva Era Rulebook (Eng Spa)  to see how the game offers multiple ways to achieve victory. The game inspired by Agricola is set in a farm, with multiple spots to place workers influenced by Pillars of the Earth. We used dice and random events in order to add some luck, always present in real life.

In a game of Mi Terra, the game flow happens in this way:

  1. Collect animals and seeds
  2. Plant seeds and raise animals at your farm
  3. Produce at factories
  4. Sell at the market
  5. Go to event–Rodeo

The components included in a copy of Mi Terra include:

  • 30 workers
  • 6 money markers
  • 6 turn markers
  • 2 dice
  • 10 blue water markers
  • 39 animals
  • 23 seeds
  • 12 animal pens
  • 32 industrial improvement tiles
  • 60 resource cards
  • 12 event cards
  • 44 market cards
  • 6 player boards
  • 1 main board

Mi Terra is a game for 2-6 players and plays in 90 minutes.  This project will fund on March 19, 2016.  For more information and to support this project, visit the Kickstarter page here.

scoville

Initially funding on Kickstarter back in February, raising $106,002 from 2,434 backers, Tasty Minstrel Games will release the grid movement, set collection, farming game Scoville in November.  Scoville  is designed by Ed Marriot (Dam It!).

The town of Scoville likes it hot! Very hot! That means they love their peppers – but they’re too busy eating them to grow the peppers themselves. That’s where you come in.

You’ve been hired by the town of Scoville to meet their need for heat. Your role as an employee of Scoville is to crossbreed peppers to create the hottest new breeds. You’ll have to manage the auctioning, planting, and harvesting of peppers, then you’ll be able to help the town by fulfilling their orders and creating new pepper breeds. Help make the town of Scoville a booming success! Let’s get planting!

scoville board

A round of Scoville consists of a blind auction, which determines player order, a planting phase, a harvesting phase, and a fulfillment phase. Each round, the players plant peppers in the fields. Throughout the game, the available opportunities for crossbreeding increase as more peppers are planted. When harvesting, players move their pawn through the fields, and whenever they move between two planted fields, they harvest peppers. If, for example, they harvest between fields of red and yellow peppers, they crossbreed those and harvest an orange pepper. Harvested peppers are then used to fulfill the town’s peppery desires!

spirits of rice paddy

Coming soon from APE Games, Spirits of the Rice Paddy is a game designed by Philip duBarry (Revolution!, Courtier, and Kingdom of Solomon).  In this farming and mythology game, players are rice farmers managing water conservation, animal placement, and tending to rice paddies.  In addition, spirits are present to bless players, granting special abilities.

APE Games released the cover art earlier this week by artist Ani Roschier and Jim Maxwell.  Jim has done two other game covers for us in the past – Rolling Freight and Island Siege, and also does art for motion pictures and television (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Borgias, The Vikings, etc.)