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.
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.