You are the founder of a new village in the Middle Ages, in the wake of a great plague. With scarce resources, you need to choose wisely which of the refugees you will select from the road to settle with you. You need to build up a population of villagers who rely on each other’s specific skills and crafts and provide each other with food and the ability to build new houses, which will in turn increase the capacity of your village and make you prosperous.
Villagers was funded in a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign by, UK-based company, Sinister Fish Games. Both the game design and artwork are from Norwegian designer Haakon Gaarder and it feel as though you can really see some inspiration in the art from the middle ages in Scandinavia.
Villagers is a card drafting and village building game for 1-5 players in which each player will form their own tableau of Villagers, building an engine of resource and gold generation. Each round in Villagers consists of two phases; a drafting phase followed by a building phase. In the drafting phase you’ll take a number of cards from the central pool related to the amount of food in your village. Once all players have drafted cards, there is then the chance to build cards, and the number of cards you build can also be increased by putting the right cards in your village with the building symbols.
Throughout the game you’ll build single villagers, but you’ll also start to build trees of visitors, where playing one card relies on having already played its predecessor. Other cards will be locked and you may need to pay an opponent to play the card. These ‘tech trees’ give a real focus to the game and unlock bigger and bigger abilities to generate large benefits or lots of gold that will ultimately be your end game points.
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Villagers is a simple but intriguing game. You could introduce the game to anyone, but it’s also great to play with seasoned gamers.
If you missed out on the Kickstarter campaign, then Villagers is definitely a game worth checking out. It has a great mix of drafting and engine building that is fast paced and provides some real variability in strategies. The artwork is clean and really charming and after checking out the prototype copy, it's a game we highly recommend.