Reel'n in the Years - Viticulture Strategic Winemaking Boardgame Meetup

 

August is harvest time for grapes in the Northern Hemisphere and time for Viticulture!  Almost a year ago, I supported a Kickstarter project for Viticulture.  All the copies I had are gone, except the one I stored in the cool cellar 'til it was time to break it out.

From BGG:

"In Viticulture, the players find themselves in the roles of people in rustic, pre-modern Tuscany who have inherited meager vineyards. They have a few plots of land, an old crushpad, a tiny cellar, and three workers. They each have a dream of being the first to call their winery a true success.

The players are in the position of determining how they want to allocate their workers throughout the year. Every season is different on a vineyard, so the workers have different tasks they can take care of in the summer and winter. There's competition over those tasks, and often the first worker to get to the job has an advantage over subsequent workers.

Fortunately for the players, people love to visit wineries, and it just so happens that many of those visitors are willing to help out around the vineyard when they visit as long as you assign a worker to take care of them. Their visits (in the form of cards) are brief but can be very helpful.

Using those workers and visitors, players can expand their vineyards by building structures and planting vines (vine cards) and filling wine orders (wine order cards), players work towards the goal of running the most successful winery in Tuscany."

Viticulture is a strategic winemaking boardgame for 2-6 players.  I played a learning game at GASP Game Day two months ago with three players.  The game was good but it seemed like it would be better with more players.  So, of course, I am hoping to have a full table for this Viticulture breakout meetup.

We might be able to play two games in an afternoon-evening so that you can make better wine the second time (I remember when my mother tried to make rootbeer...)

Hot lunch and cold beverages (but no wine or other alcoholic beverages) will be served.

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  • Charles P.

    "All the leaves are brown and the sky is gray..." Just when you thought Viticulture season was over ... the designer has sent out a variant set of cards called the Mamas and Papas! In this variant, ignore the starting workers, money, and cards in the rules. Instead, each player is dealt one Mama card and one Papa card, representing their parents, and the player receives to start the game, whatever is on the cards. This makes the game interesting with a variable starting set up.

    September 4, 2013

  • Charles P.

    We played two full six-player games of Viticulture. Joe won the first game by a wide margin. The second game was won by Trudy with 22 points but was much closer at the end with most players within four points of Trudy. For the first time, I reached the twenty-point mark in the second game played today; half of my twenty points were scored on the last turn. Everyone liked Viticulture, and it was clear from the second game that everyone learned from the first game. We probably started playing after 2:00 p.m. and finished the second game around 10:30 p.m. with a 45 minute break for pie in between.

    August 24, 2013

  • Charles P.

    Lunch tomorrow will be pork chops, mashed potatoes or stuffing, croissants, maybe a veggie, and coconut crème pie for dessert. Lunch is at one o'clock.

    August 23, 2013

  • Charles P.

    Looks like Viticulture will be the 200th Meetup for Steel City Gamers! Yay! How do you like those grapes?! :-)

    August 18, 2013

  • Charles P.

    Joe: The number is 13. Don't forget. ;-)

    July 27, 2013

  • Trudy

    I will be late and miss lunch because I am helping a friend move until about 1:30 or so, but I will be ther to play.

    July 27, 2013

  • Charles P.

    No, you cannot burn your opponent's vineyards, kidnap their family members, or start a worker's socialist revolution! Viticulture is a peaceful economic resource management game for a sunny gaming afternoon in the 'burg.

    July 27, 2013

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  • Charles P.
    Lord of Felines, Assistant Organizer
    Event Host
  • Joe Z.
    Timetraveller Joe
  • Trudy
    Aunty Trudy
  • Brian G.
    High-Zoot Tech!
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