CaptainPossum

Economic Farming Game

Does anyone remember the old computer game Sim Farm? I haven't found a good farming economic computer sim game in the 27 years since that one. Today they all seem to be about tediously driving tractors and hooking up equipment. Oh and dressing up your farmer in branded gear...

In Sim Farm, you planted crops and tended to your herds. There were abstracted farm tasks to complete in a top down fashion. The real joy of the game came from knowing what to plant and when and trying to get the best price for your crops and animals.

Are there any board games like that? If you were to design one, what mechanisms might you include in the game?

4 points by CaptainPossum - updated 10 days ago | 23 comments | report | subscribe

BenjaminK 10 days ago | 2 points[-]

I spent far too many hours playing Sim Farm! I loved crop dusting (which isn't like traveling through hyperspace) and showing off my animals at the fair. Such a good game. I can't really think of a game like it on tabletop. That'd be a fun one for sure!

nealkfrank 11 days ago | 2 points[-]

Mmmm the two games that come close are #Clans of Caledonia and #Agricola (Revised Edition). Clans you are harvesting and selling your goods and Agricola you definitely plant and harvest different resources, but no economy side of things. 

nealkfrank 11 days ago | 2 points[-]

The economy in agricola is feeding your family lol. 

CaptainPossum Supporter11 days ago | 1 point[-]

I have not played Clans of Caledonia but I really do not care for Agricola. As you said there is no economic part of it but I just find the game itself to be pretty dull.

I think in regards to economy that fluctuating crop prices would have to be considered.

nealkfrank 11 days ago | 2 points[-]

There is a variable market in Clans! 

CaptainPossum Supporter11 days ago | 1 point[-]

Sounds like I need to look at it. Thanks

nealkfrank 11 days ago | 2 points[-]

Definitely! There are also contracts for outside vendors. Could be a game for you. Not much in the way of plowing fields but the economy is there. 

CaptainPossum Supporter10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I watched a video about it. The market fluctuation is exactly what I envisioned but I'm not sure the rest of the game appealed to me.

sdirrane Supporter10 days ago | 2 points[-]

I was coming on here to suggest Clans because it's one of my favorites.  But I understand if it doesn't give you what you're looking for.  What about one of the Brass games?

Edit: I just noticed you were looking for farming.

nealkfrank 10 days ago | 2 points[-]

Not EXACTLY farming, but #Viticulture: Essential Edition might be an option? You plant vines, harvest them, ferment them and fulfill orders. Some economy there, but there is not a variable market. You may have found a gap in the gaming market!

philryuh Supporter10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I haven't played this but was wondering if #Fields of Arle is in the same vein as Agricola or if it would satisfy your requirements better.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter10 days ago | 2 points[-]

This is a very specific subset of farming. But, have you tried #Vinhos Deluxe or #Viticulture: Essential Edition

CaptainPossum Supporter10 days ago | 1 point[-]

Thanks for the suggestion. I am probably sounding picky at this point and I shouldn't judge a game by its theme but I can't think of too many themes that would interest me less than wine production haha.

Marshwiggle92 Supporter10 days ago | 2 points[-]

Hey, I don't blame you. 

Skurvy5 Supporter10 days ago | 2 points[-]

Oh man I loved that game as a kid. It was fun to see your farming community grow too. And to participate in the fair! That was fun. 

Marshwiggle92 Supporter11 days ago | 2 points[-]

I haven't thought about sim farm for years. I loved that game. 

BearLeeLucky 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

You might check out #Fields of Green from Stronghold games. It's a hand drafting game where you build up your farm and manage your resources. Excellent engine builder! At the end of a round you run your farm where you have to have enough water for your crops, your watered crops produce food for your livestock, then you sell your livestock for cash. Use your cash to expand your farm. Takes planning but is very rewarding. 

theDL 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

I realized everyone's tastes are different, but every time I see how popular some farming themed video and board games are, I feel like I'm taking crazy pills, haha. I don't understand the draw. Obviously a game can be good aside from its theme, but I'll probably never even consider a game with just a straight farming theme. Maybe someone can explain the appeal to me?

CaptainPossum Supporter10 days ago | 1 point[-]

For me, any farm video game that’s come out in the past 20 years or so wouldn’t appeal to me either. 

Sim Farm was more of an economic sim with a farming theme. I personally like farming so that might be part of it. 

Last week I tried playing Farming Simulator ‘19 ...it was so bad. I accidentally flipped my tractor and couldn’t figure out how to right it so I just went for a walk and found train tracks. Tried to get run over by a train but it just went right through me. Tried to jump off a dam but I ended up just walking on the water...

Marshwiggle92 Supporter10 days ago | 2 points[-]

Wow, just wow. That is hilarious. 

theDL 10 days ago | 2 points[-]

Sounds like you were playing Jesus Sim '19...

nealkfrank 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

This...comment...is...amazing

theDL 10 days ago | 1 point[-]

lol

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