Arboretum board game
Arboretum board game

Arboretum

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Overall Rank: #87 | Trending Rank: #199

Nowhere is nature's beauty quite so evident as in the resplendent colors of an arboretum.

In Arboretum, you create carefully planned paths for your visitors to walk as they take in the colorful explosion of buds and leaves. The cheerful cherry blossom, the fragrant dogwood, the mighty oak - all have a place in this peaceful haven. But the tranquil setting belies the game's competitive heart. You must choose which cards to plant in your arboretum and which to keep in hand, as only the most expert curator will win the renown of nature enthusiasts everywhere.

Arboretum is a strategic card game that challenges players to create the most beautiful path through the garden. Choosing the correct cards and placing them in the most efficient orientation will score you the most points at the end of the game. With elegantly simple rules, Arboretum offers players surprisingly complex choices.

Deluxe edition:

The deluxe edition offers fans a chance to enjoy the elegance of the game with an engraved and heat-treated wooden box, premium rainbow foil cards, an embroidered fabric bag, and a beautiful full color sleeve for the box.



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  • Players: 2-4Best: 2
  • Played 2-player. Wonderful! Agonising to have to discard. Often all the cards in your hand are keepers. Edit: Played recently again, and was reminded how great this game is. That simple idea that you must keep a card in your hand to be eligible to score is brilliant. Do I keep the 8? It's higher than 7 but he could play a 1 and turn my 8 into a 0! Was the 1 already discarded? I can't remember! Which card should I discard? I want them all! I'm invested in three trees and he fancies his chances with three by the looks of it. I need to make sure I have some cards in those trees too, so I can scupper his plans. But wait, I need to discard something. Nooooooo!
  • It slaps! Similar to Battle Line in that it feels like the best parts of poker, but with fewer mechanics lifted straight from poker. Instead it uses a similar deck of cards to encourage bluffing with a neat spatial component. Despite not being too heavy, it's still a bit much for some of my non-gaming family, which is a shame. But for even the most casual of gamer friends, this is a hit.In a game with four players, we once had a three-way tie, even with the tiebreakers. I don't think any of us have gotten around to planting our tree.
  • A painfully tense game! Kinda reminds me of Reiner Knizia's three-player Knights of Charlemagne: "I'd rather not play or discard ANY card this turn: will you guys just let me pass instead?" !!!
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A cute educational experience similar to that of #Wingspan for me was #Arboretum because it caught me by surprise. After playing that game you can identify different species of trees, which is neat.

I second #Diamonds and #6 Nimmt! 

I would also recommend:

  1. #The Fox in the Forest
  2. #Bohnanza
  3. #Silver & Gold
  4. #Arboretum
  5. #High Society
  6. #Point Salad
  7. #For Sale
  8. #Love Letter
  9. #The Mind
  10. #12 Days
  11. #Sushi Go Party!
  12. #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine (Maybe an Honorable Mention - depending on how you want to count the component list)

As you can see I love card games ;)

#Bosk or #Photosynthesis are the first that come to mind.  Maybe #Arboretum.  I think dumping a bag of leaves on a #Gloomhaven scenario could work as well.

#Downforce: Wild Ride Expansion with my two boys.  I ended up winning as they spent as much time trying to prevent the other from winning that I actually snuck in for the win. 

#Battleships with my youngest.  I hung on for the win in this one.  Came down to the wire.

Then had my normal Thursday game night and played 2 games of #Sagrada winning one/losing one.  Followed up with a game of #Arboretum for the first time in years.  Man I forgot just how much of a brain burner that game is.

I am with you on this, I have missed on #The Mind, #Deep Sea Adventure and #Arboretum, all fairly small games so I cannot complain!

Lost cities is a very good game. If you like the mechanics, you may enjoy Arboretum. It has similar strategies, but can play up to four players. I wouldn't suggest the deluxe version. All of the cards are shiny and it is a bit overwhelming on the eyes.

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