Viticulture is a worker-placement game set in the foothills of Tuscany. The Essential Edition includes the second edition of Viticulture along with several elements from the original Tuscany expansion pack, hand-picked by famed designer Uwe Rosenberg.
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I really wanted to like this game, and I would be willing to give it another go, but I am quite convinced I lost this game due to drawing useless cards, while other players drew cards that were really synergistic for them. Made me feel like everything else I had done in the game was pointless.
inkl. Erweiterung Besuch aus dem Rheingau und Tuscany
Fantastically tight worker placement game with beautiful components. Tuscany is a must have to extend the seasons with actions from summer and winter to Spring/Summer/Winter/Autumn.
Amazing immersion of the theme, specially with the Tuscany expansion ("fixing" things like when you actually plant and harvest grapes, etc.). Smart twist on the worker placer mechanic by allowing one special "big worker" per turn that can always execute any action. Clever way to choose next player by selecting desired bonus (and the only way to start first is by choosing to be last earlier). Beautiful on the table! Only drawback is how easy it is to accidentally mess the player board (spreading out the grapes/wines), and how difficult it is to figure out the best combination when fulfilling an order (also easy to mess the player board at that moment).