Uwe Rosenberg - Board Game Designer
Uwe Rosenberg signing the famous Bohnanza world tour copy @LeiriaCon 2011 (Credit: Sentieiro BGG)

WHO IS UWE ROSENBERG?

Uwe Rosenberg is a household name within the board game industry. He is a German designer and co-founder of Lookout Games. Rosenberg began creating play-by-mail games during his school years and had his first major game published by Amigo whilst he was at college.

This game was Bohnanza, a set collection, hand management card game about trading and planting beans. 10 years later, Rosenberg created Agricola - the first of many worker placement strategy games created by the German. Agricola would knock Puerto Rico off the top of the BGG Top 100 in September 2008, and stayed there until March 2010.

Agricola also won the prestigious Spiel dea Jahres Award for the Best Complex Game in 2008.

WORKER PLACEMENT SPECIALIST

When the name Uwe Rosenberg is mentioned among gamers, the first thing that comes to mind is worker placement. His games tend to be complex strategy-based affairs, with an economic theme. Most of his games are also known to be good for solo gaming.

The heavier titles within the Uwe Rosenberg collection include the likes of Agricola, Le Havre and Caverna - all of which have spawned various expansions. A lighter game within the range is Nusfjord, where players take on the role of Vikings battling for supremacy.

Lighter still is the fun-filled game of Patchwork, a two-player competitive game where players try to create the most complete patchwork quilt.

WHO IS UWE ROSENBERG?

Uwe Rosenberg is a household name within the board game industry. He is a German designer and co-founder of Lookout Games. Rosenberg began creating play-by-mail games during his school years and had his first major game published by Amigo whilst he was at college.

This game was Bohnanza, a set collection, hand management card game about trading and planting beans. 10 years later, Rosenberg created Agricola - the first of many worker placement strategy games created by the German. Agricola would knock Puerto Rico off the top of the BGG Top 100 in September 2008, and stayed there until March 2010.

Agricola also won the prestigious Spiel dea Jahres Award for the Best Complex Game in 2008.

Uwe Rosenberg - Board Game Designer
Uwe Rosenberg signing the famous Bohnanza world tour copy @LeiriaCon 2011 (Credit: Sentieiro BGG)

WORKER PLACEMENT SPECIALIST

When the name Uwe Rosenberg is mentioned among gamers, the first thing that comes to mind is worker placement. His games tend to be complex strategy-based affairs, with an economic theme. Most of his games are also known to be good for solo gaming.

The heavier titles within the Uwe Rosenberg collection include the likes of Agricola, Le Havre and Caverna - all of which have spawned various expansions. A lighter game within the range is Nusfjord, where players take on the role of Vikings battling for supremacy.

Lighter still is the fun-filled game of Patchwork, a two-player competitive game where players try to create the most complete patchwork quilt.

DID YOU KNOW?

Uwe Rosenberg founded Lookout Games, alongside Hanno Girke and Marcel-Andre Merkle, in 2000. The first game the publisher released was a small card game called Attribut - originally as on online game. This game was eventually released as a physical game and was shortlisted for the German Game of the Year Award in 2002. The company also published games for Z-Man Games in Germany, including The End of the Triumvirate and Endeavor.

READ ABOUT UWE'S GAMES

Le Havre Review

By Tom Harrod | 31/10/2018

Le Havre is a worker placement game by designer Uew Rosenberg,where you’ll try to grow your own little empire of warehouses, factories and local businesses.

Agricola Board Game Review

By Rory Somers | 05/09/2018

Agricola is a detailed, strategic, and thoroughly engaging euro-style game about indirect competitive farming.

Glass Road Board Game Review

By Mark Capell-Helm | 20/12/2017

Uwe Rosenberg’s thinking gamer’s Euro game. Work the Glass Road in a short but in-depth classic. 1-4 players. Very little luck dependent action selection.

Cottage Garden Board Game Review

By Mark Capell-Helm | 07/08/2017

Cottage Garden is about clever tile placement, looking ahead for future moves and thinking about your opponent’s possible plans.

Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small Big Box – Review

By Nick Welford | 16/11/2018

A Feast for Odin Review

By Luke Hector | 31/10/2017

A Feast for Odin is a recent monstrosity from the biggest lover of resource management/”feed your people” games, Uwe Rosenberg.

Nusfjord Board Game Review

By Ashley Perryman | 14/06/2018

Nusfjord lacks the pressure and angst of other worker placement games like Agricola where there is a continual pressure and worry. Read our review for more.

Patchwork Board Game Review

By Ashley Perryman | 11/04/2017

Patchwork is a fairly light two player game by Uwe Rosenberg in which players compete to place oddly shaped patchwork pieces to form a growing quilt on a personal nine by nine quilt board.

TOP UWE ROSENBERG BOARD GAMES

AGRICOLA

In Agricola, you're a farmer in a wooden shack with your spouse and little else. On a turn, you get to take only two actions, one for you and one for the spouse, from all the possibilities you'll find on a farm: collecting clay, wood, or stone; building fences; and so on. It's a turn-based game, with 14 rounds occurring in six stages.

LE HAVRE

In Le Havre, a player’s turn consists of two parts: First, distribute newly supplied goods onto the offer spaces; then take an action. Actions include taking all goods of one type from an offer space or to use one of the available buildings. Building actions allow players to upgrade goods, sell them or use them to build their own buildings.

GLASS ROAD

Glass Road is a game that commemorates the 700-year-old tradition of glass-making in the Bavarian Forest. Players must skilfully manage their glass and brick production in order to build the right structures to keep their business flowing. A game of Glass Road consists of four building periods.

CAVERNA

Caverna: The Cave Farmers is a worker-placement game at heart, with a focus on farming. In the game, you are the bearded leader of a small dwarf family that lives in a little cave in the mountains. In the game you will cultivate the forest in front of your cave and dig deeper into the mountain, furnishing your caves as dwellings.

PATCHWORK

Patchwork is a well-loved two-player tile-laying game. The game pits two people against each other in a battle to create the most complete, aesthetically pleasing patchwork quilt. The quilt pieces are represented by shaped-tiles, which are randomly arrange in a circle at the beginning of the game.

FIELDS OF ARLE

Fields of Arle sees players develop an estate and expand their territory by cutting peat and building dikes. The game lasts nine half-years with alternating summer and winter seasons, and each season allows or denies specific player actions. Players will create goods through different and detailed manufacturing processes.

A FEAST FOR ODIN

In A Feast for Odin players command a band of Vikings to trade, hunt, raid, pillage and plunder in search of wealth and glory. Each player explores new territories —and raids the villages they find there — to increase their wealth and glory, while also taking part in day-to-day activities such as gathering food to feed their band of hungry Vikings.

COTTAGE GARDEN

In Cottage Garden, you compete in the art of gardening and are working two beds with a variety of flowers. Whenever no unplanted box is visible on a bed, you have completed it, then you count your points and replace it with a fresh, unplanted bed. You gain points for all of the visible plant pots and planting bells. The player with the most points wins.

NUSFJORD

Nusfjord is a worker placement game which plays much quicker than Agricola, Le Havre and Caverna. It’s in a more medium-weight category with regards to complexity. The game is all about building a fleet of boats, catching fish, constructing buildings, buying shares and earn points. The game lasts for seven rounds, with several ways to score points.

AGRICOLA

In Agricola, you're a farmer in a wooden shack with your spouse and little else. On a turn, you get to take only two actions, one for you and one for the spouse, from all the possibilities you'll find on a farm: collecting clay, wood, or stone; building fences; and so on. It's a turn-based game, with 14 rounds occurring in six stages.

LE HAVRE

In Le Havre, a player’s turn consists of two parts: First, distribute newly supplied goods onto the offer spaces; then take an action. Actions include taking all goods of one type from an offer space or to use one of the available buildings. Building actions allow players to upgrade goods, sell them or use them to build their own buildings.

GLASS ROAD

Glass Road is a game that commemorates the 700-year-old tradition of glass-making in the Bavarian Forest. Players must skilfully manage their glass and brick production in order to build the right structures to keep their business flowing. A game of Glass Road consists of four building periods.

CAVERNA

Caverna: The Cave Farmers is a worker-placement game at heart, with a focus on farming. In the game, you are the bearded leader of a small dwarf family that lives in a little cave in the mountains. In the game you will cultivate the forest in front of your cave and dig deeper into the mountain, furnishing your caves as dwellings.

PATCHWORK

Patchwork is a well-loved two-player tile-laying game. The game pits two people against each other in a battle to create the most complete, aesthetically pleasing patchwork quilt. The quilt pieces are represented by shaped-tiles, which are randomly arrange in a circle at the beginning of the game.

A FEAST FOR ODIN

In A Feast for Odin players command a band of Vikings to trade, hunt, raid, pillage and plunder in search of wealth and glory. Each player explores new territories —and raids the villages they find there — to increase their wealth and glory, while also taking part in day-to-day activities such as gathering food to feed their band of hungry Vikings.

FIELDS OF ARLE

Fields of Arle is set in the German region of East Frisia, and sees players develop an estate and expand their territory by cutting peat and building dikes. The game lasts nine half-years with alternating summer and winter seasons, and each season allows or denies specific player actions. Players will create goods through different and detailed manufacturing processes.

COTTAGE GARDEN

In Cottage Garden, you compete in the art of gardening and are working two beds with a variety of flowers. Whenever no unplanted box is visible on a bed, you have completed it, then you count your points and replace it with a fresh, unplanted bed. You gain points for all of the visible plant pots and planting bells. The player with the most points wins.

NUSFJORD

Nusfjord is a worker placement game which plays much quicker than Agricola, Le Havre and Caverna. It’s in a more medium-weight category with regards to complexity. The game is all about building a fleet of boats, catching fish, constructing buildings, buying shares and earn points. The game lasts for seven rounds, with several ways to score points.