6. Agricola

Next up on playing our games in order of rank on boardgamegeek is Agricola. Agricola was one of the first games I bought after playing a few gateway games (mainly Carcassonne and Ticket to Ride). I was drawn in by the cute animeeples, but underneath the cute exterior is a much harder and unforgiving game.

We played it a few times when I initially purchased it and found it difficult to play well, often with starving farmers wondering how to get them their next meal. So it sat unloved for quite a long time. In the meantime we’ve both played the solo game on the app. I enjoy the app game, particularly the way it runs a bit like a campaign with occupations carrying over. I can then get more done so I feel more accomplished at the end of a game.

I don’t think worker placement is one of my favourite mechanisms. Having experienced many more games since my initial purchases I’m much wiser when it comes to what to buy. However I enjoyed our revisit, and not only because I won.

I found for most of the game I was concentrating on feeding my family – bad memories of starving farmers made me reluctant to gain more workers. I think when we play again I need to focus more on expanding the house to give me more actions each turn as I often needed one more go each turn to achieve what I wanted. I don’t really like blocking mechanisms, I find it stressful trying to judge when to select an action. I also found it frustrating as I was often one resource short of being able to do what I wanted on a turn.

Part of the main board, this is where workers are sent to complete tasks

Would I buy it now? Probably not – I’ve mostly learnt not to solely buy a game based on the pieces. Am I happy I own it? Yes, it’s a classic with a lot of scope for further plays – we’ve never tried the interactive or expert decks. Would I play it again? Definitely, but I’d need to be in the right mood. It’s one of those games that takes a lot of thought and forward planning to play well.

Next up: The Crew: Escape from Planet Nine. This is much more our cup of tea so we’ll hopefully get a play or five in soon.


3 thoughts on “6. Agricola

  1. We must have gotten into board gaming at the same time. I remember buying this, and having to track down a version with animeeples – they were the hot thing at the time. Agricola is a classic! But I played it recently, and I just don’t have the appetite for all the book keeping after each round any more. Maybe I should try Caverna?

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    1. I’ve never tried Caverna… I do love animeeples, just got given tiny epic dinosaurs which was mainly on my wishlist for the cute dinosaurs (I’m trying to avoid choosing games based on pieces, but sometimes I fail). I got into boardgames early in 2014, started with Carcassonne…

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      1. Haha you’re not alone in buying a board game based on the type of meeples you get. It seems to be a weakness our species. I think I got started in 2012? Back with Catan and Cranium of all games.

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