Viticulture: Essential Edition board game
Viticulture: Essential Edition board game

Viticulture: Essential Edition

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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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  • Trade interest - Low
  • Not as hot on this game as most people are but i keep playing it hoping to eventually get more out of it. Though it is very thematic, it's not that exciting.I believe the visitor cards maybe more important to the enjoyment of the game than i've given it credit for, but the random nature of collecting visitor cards makes me shy away from that aspect.
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    Set aside the card randomness - without that the game would be a boring "find the best way" rather than making lemonade out of lemons. The game has a nice slow start but ramps up very quickly - new players tend to get caught off guard on this. However, the game plays quickly, there's not much room for AP so if you have a bad outing, try it again.
  • 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.
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This weekend I taught#The Castles of Burgundy 

#Magic Maze#Tournament at Avalon and did quick refreshers for#7 Wonders and#The Quacks of Quedlinburg 

I also technically taught#Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 but we were doing the prologue, and I was more reading the rule book outloud and being a lead interpreter on how that functions on the board... 

My way of teaching is start with how to win, then go back and explain the game... like "the goal is to get the most points... we do this by...  ". I used to start by explaining the games story, and what roles we were taking on but I found that didn't have enough broad. Also I always end with asking if players want rules and strategy tips or just rules clarifications during the gameplay. 

ive had two people tell me they don't understand the wine production in#Viticulture: Essential Edition after the game was over (didn't mention it during the game or during the teach tho...). So I guess that's a tough one for me, also I just don't enjoy teaching#Scythe

i think I am the teacher in most of my groups strictly because I'm an awful student, I neeeed to see the rule book. It's just the way my mind processes information, if someone is verbally explaining more than 3-5 rules I just can't focus. And almost all people I play with don't enjoy reading rule books so it works. 

Haven't heard of this one either.  But my favorite worker placement is probably #Viticulture: Essential Edition

Mainly just our meetup group. We've only played in person once since April. I really want to try #Viticulture: Essential Edition too mainly because of Phil lol.

I forgot about that #Viticulture: Essential Edition expansion!  I just picked up Viticulture and #Tuscany: Essential Edition this year and have been really enjoying them.  Do we have any idea what the new expansion will be about?

Do you have a lot of other friends/family around that you would normally be playing games with?

I will definitely have to try out more solo stuff.  I will probably be starting with #Viticulture: Essential Edition as Phil suggested but I feel like all my free time after the kids go to bed is spent working or cleaning ~.~ yay adulting lol.  Oh and once a week watching The Mandalorian lol.

Great question!

I have sort of thought about it from the standpoint of the few games I play solo.  However, I'm so bad at multiplayer (or I always finish 3rd or 4th) that I'm not worried about it with #Clans of Caledonia.  In my opinion the #Scythe Automa is so different from regular players that I don't think it would make or break unless you played it alllll the time (especially if you run 2 - 3 Automas).

However, I do think solo play of #Viticulture: Essential Edition has made me a very potent player (I don't know that I've ever lost), and so I try not to get that out solo anymore.

But yeah, I never want to play a game where there is no way I can lose because that would be less fun for everyone else at the table.

Great list. I'm buying #Camel Up (Second Edition) for my family this Christmas, so I'm glad to see it recommended. #Viticulture: Essential Edition also climbs up my wishlist each month... sounds like it's been a real winner for you. The solo mode is supposed to be very good.