Agricola (Latin for “Farmer”) is a medium-heavy game where 1-5 players try to get as many points as possible by building a diverse and thriving farm. The game is incredibly fun and offers a dizzying number of setup options to accommodate players who are graduating from Monopoly to players who think Power Grid is too easy.
Agricola is a great game for families with kids in the 8+ age range. The game teaches long-range planning and shows how decisions early on affect the future. Because the game is only 14 rounds long, it also illustrates very clearly that a person can’t do everything all the time; life is short and it’s up to us to make the best of the time we have.
The game isn’t inexpensive (retails around $70 but is less expensive online) but backs up its high price with extremely good quality and a ridiculous number of components (some very small for those of you with toddlers). Even though it’s only 14 rounds long it still takes 45 minutes to 2 hours to play depending on the number of players.
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