Everdell Board Game Review - By Board Of It

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A 2020 review of Everdell, including light how-to-play elements. See what we think of this cute woodland themed game that has a surprising amount of strategy......

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4 months ago

I have heard quite a lot of positive things about Everdell recently. With each player moving individually through the seasons, do you have situations where a player finishes their game well well before everyone else and then has to  sit and watch, or where everyone is finished and one player keeps going for another 10 minutes?

4 months ago

I have the game and have played quite a few times. It's only happened a couple of times at 2 players where one player finishes well before the other. Usually the continuing player has just a handful more moves, and they can do them in quick succession since the first player isn't taking any. At higher player counts it's not bad either - usually just a couple of turns, and the finished players can add up their scores while waiting if they want. It doesn't factor into my enjoyment of the game at all.

4 months ago

That's good, I remember playing a game of #Tapestry which has a similar mechanic with reagard to finishing rounds earlier or later: at the end of the game everyone else had finished I spent the next 5 or so minutes finishing up a rather convuluted series of moves as I had built up a tonne of resources and got to the end of the technology track which lets you start again on another track. While I don't think it would likely happen too often, I think it was a bit of a drag for the other players and I felt kind of bad doing it (I hadn't intended to).

4 months ago

I've found that everyone ends at a pretty similar time. It's a short game anyway so that probably also lessons the effect. At most you'll probably have one player who has done well who might take a few turns after everyone else, but as each turn is play a card or gain resources, they take no real time. Another factor is that you can only have max 15 cards in your city, so even if you could keep going for another 5 minutes, the game blocks you. 

4 months ago

Nice, will keep my eyes oopen for this game, thanks for the review!

Supporter4 months ago

Best use of pets in a board game review! xD

Thanks for the review, I really have to try this out some day. And it sure seems like both of you are getting more and more comfortable in front of the camera! The only thing I'd suggest is maybe giving each other glances once in a while when that person is talking, just so that you don't have to look at the camera the entire time. I'm actually going to start my own video content too and I'm sure I'll need a lot of time to get used to it hahaha

Also, I took a quick look at your twitter account and noticed one thing: Whenever you share your reviews on your Twitter, you should try to tag the publisher and/or designer of the game whenever you can. They're usually happy to retweet and give their games more publicity.

4 months ago

Thanks for the comments! We appreciate the feedback, both are good ideas. We will revamp the twitter efforts right away! Good luck on getting your stuff off the ground and the pets say hello :-). But for sure give Everdell a go sometime, it's probably quite a good game to try at a boardgame cafe due to it's length and ease of learning. 

4 months ago

Everdell is one of my favorite games. The tableau building leads to the last few turns of autumn being tense and full of "how to I sqeeze the most I can out of this?" decisions. I don't have a copy myself, but someday I wll.

4 months ago

Nice review! We love this game in our house. I do agree about the scoring. A scoring guide for each player might help, even if it isn't a score sheet that you physically write on.

4 months ago

Thanks! We appreciate it! Yea, I had the issue on Saturday that the cards that gave me end game points from other cards included cards that gave me points from other cards so there was no way to organize them into scoring piles, it became a bit of a mess trying to remember if you'd scored this card for that card or the other....

4 months ago

Do you remember the cards involved? I'm having trouble visualizing that situation, haha

4 months ago

I think one was the Castle, and counting up common buildings, but I can't remember the other. Sorry!

4 months ago

No problem!

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