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What is the deck and name of this card that gives extra food?

I remember seeing a card once, but I cannot remember which deck it belongs to, or whether it was a minor improvement or occupation. I am also having trouble finding it on google. The text was similar ...
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Agricola: What cards allow for animals be the main source of food for my family?

In 3 player games (only played 4 player a couple times), as I see occupations and minor improvements get dealt out (draft mode), I never see any cards that make me think, "Hey, that would make animals ...
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Topping up fields in agricola

I have a question about the Sow action in Agricola. Namely, consider the following: - You sow a field, so now you have 3 grains on it. - Harvest happens, so you have 2 grains on the field and 1 ...
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Agricola Family Growth importance threshold

From comments and such on here and boardgamegeek.com, quickly building rooms and getting family growth seems to be just about the most important early part of Agricola. The hard part is balancing ...
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Forester and Copse in Agricola

Looking at some links that show statistics of the most used occupations and minor improvements from winning players, I've noticed that the Forester and Copse do not rank nearly as high as I thought ...
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Occupations and minor improvements break the game?

After playing several games of Agricola in the family friendly mode, I played a couple of games of the full version with a friend. What we've found is that adding the additional occupations and ...
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How can I make Agricola vegetarian friendly?

Agricola is a great game, with good theming, and I'd like to introduce it to a couple of friends who are vegetarian. The problem is they might feel uncomfortable with the 'eating your animals' ...
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When does my new family member occupy a new room?

I was playing Agricola the other day and an odd situation came up. I had three rooms with three family members occupying them. In one round I was able to play these actions in this order: Family ...
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How are Minor Improvement and Occupation cards meant to be selected for play?

I'm reasonably experienced playing Agricola - but the family friendly version only, because the people I've played with find the game complicated enough as it is. I understand how the minor ...
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Are you allowed to bake bread in two different ovens?

If I build both the clay oven and the stone oven, and I play a bake bread action, am I allowed to cook two grain in my clay oven, and one clay in my stone oven, for a total of thirteen food?
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In Agricola, do family members occupy as many rooms as possible?

Say I have three rooms and two family members, and I take a "family growth (even without space)" action (for example using the Lover occupation). Does the new family member now occupy my third room, ...
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In Agricola, why are Minor Improvements not separated by number of players whereas Occupations are?

In Agricola, Occupations cards are each marked with 1+, 3+ or 4+, indicating the number of players for which they are valid. For example, you cannot be dealt a 3+ or 4+ card in a two-player game. With ...
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How can I handicap Agricola? [duplicate]

I really like Agricola, and I own it. I also think it's a game that other people will enjoy, having cute theming and good complexity. The problem is, because I own it, I'm often going to be playing ...
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What do minor improvements and occupations add?

This question isn't about the mechanics or rules of the game, but what dynamics it adds. After playing several games of the the family friendly version of the Agricola, I played a game of the full ...
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How can you get around the lack of early stone in two-player Agricola?

In two-player Agricola, the first Take Stone action space appears in Rounds 5-7. Apart from one or two Minor Improvements, there is no way to get stone earlier than this. Having played quite a few ...
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Agricola: Fireplaces and Cooking Hearths

Last night I played my first game of Agricola and I was amazed how great game it was. But one thing is not clear to me, when owing Fireplace / Cooking Hearth, can I trade for example 2 x vegetable ...
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Move Animals Between Pens During Harvest

During the feeding stage I end up with one sheep in a pen for four and three cows, two in a pen for two and one pet. After breeding I no longer have room for the cows. After breeding there is no ...
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Agricola question about minor improvement and occupation cards

Every time I want to play a minor improvement or occupation do I need to pay what is on the top right hand side every time i play that card? or is it just one time pay and then i can use it for the ...
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On playing the Agricola Bielefeld minor improvement called Bielefeld Playing Cards, does it include animals?

We are playing with the Agricola Bielefeld card deck. When playing the card called "Bielefeld Playing Cards", it says whenever you use an accumulation space, place all items on this card until you ...
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Minimizing Agricola setup/clean up time

I enjoy playing Agricola, but the box the game comes in doesn't lend to keeping the pieces organized, and I generally spend a fair amount of time taking everything out, and even more time putting ...
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the sycophant card

We need an impartial explanation on how to use this card "the SYCOPHANT". The card states " Any other player that uses the take 1 grain action space must first pay you one food. In addition, you ...
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Church Warden vs Reed Hut in Round 14

I'm playing an online game of Agricola right now and we've just reached Round 14. I have a 3-room Wooden Hut with 4 Family Members in it, and a Reed Hut containing my fifth token. I have also played ...
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Feeding The Baby After The Next Harvest

In Agricola the rules say something like if family growth occurs in the round before a harvest, the baby only needs one food. Do you think this could be a rules "typo" and they actually meant to say ...
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Whats the perfect set for Agricola solo series using E, I, and K decks?

Agricola solo series is all about your occupations. Often I have a great card that will help my current game, but I am always thinking about what is the long term significance of keeping it forever. ...
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Why are the decks in Agricola called Komplex, Interactive and Easy?

Komplex - presumably from the german for Complex, but in what way are they complex? More difficult to play or to be able to play them, less beneficial, or do they complicate the overall game? ...
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Can you play the Village Well (minor improvement) even if you don't own the Well?

The card says "Return Well" in the top left hand corner, but that doesn't state whether you can only play that card if you own the well, or if in fact, anyone who has already bought the well must "...
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Interactive Deck came with Easy cards?

After owning Agricola for quite sometime, I finally got a group of experienced players and decided to use the I (interactive) deck. I just opened it, and inside the deck there are cards marked with an ...
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What's the best way to get a good food engine going in Agricola early on?

I've played Agricola a couple of times and really like the game. But I have a problem: getting a good enough food engine going so I don't have to concern myself with taking too many important actions ...
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Agricola Family Growth by 2 (or more)

Is it legal to use the Family Growth action to extend your family by 2 or even 3 if you have enough rooms? The rules do not forbid it, but they only talk in singular about the new family member.
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Best game for two couples, median age 20? [closed]

I'm looking for some nonstandard board games that don't take more than two hours to complete and don't take less than thirty minutes. By nonstandard I mean other than monopoly, risk and cluedo. I've ...
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What does the Yoke card mean when it says “Plow”?

I played the Yoke minor improvement, and there was some disagreement as to whether it referred to the number of fields currently on the board, the number of times the "Plow 1 Field" action has been ...
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Does mixing decks in Agricola reduce the chance of synergies?

This is in some ways a followup to Is the Complex deck in Agricola strictly better?. In Agricola, are there many synergies between cards across decks, or do cards which work towards a certain theme ...
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Why do you get an extra point for each fenced stable in Agricola?

Most of the scoring rules in Agricola makes sense because they reward you for doing well in various categories (like crops and animals). However, I haven't been able to figure out why the rules reward ...
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How bad would it to be to allow partial house renovation in Agricola?

In explaining this game to people over Christmas, several people independently balked at the idea that the whole house must be upgraded at once. Is there a strong reason to enforce this rule? After a ...
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Is the Complex deck in Agricola strictly better?

I've played half a dozen games of Agricola — enough to get a feel for it, but not enough to know all of the cards or really weigh their balance. It's my impression that the Basic and Interactive ...
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Can you throw animals into the stewpot if you don't have enough pasture room for any of them?

In Agricola, the Fireplace and Cooking Hearth both allow you to convert animals to food "at any time." Can you use this ability to cook animals if you don't have room in your pastures? In particular,...
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Can I buy an “underneath” Major Improvement without paying for the top one first?

Can I purchase a Major Improvement card that is underneath another Major Improvement without first having to buy the top improvement?
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In solo play, can you play one Special Action every round in addition to placing family?

The rules state: "In each round, the Solo player can use exactly one of the Special actions shown on the face-up card." My question is, can this be done in addition to placing each of my family ...
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Pieceworker and Landing Net

This came up in an online game I was playing yesterday and I wasn't confident in what would happen... I have the Pieceworker Occupation: Whenever you receive wood, clay, reed, stone or grain on an ...
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What are the key card combos to look out for in Agricola draft?

I do quite a lot of Agricola drafting, and one thing I've been noticing is that just taking the most powerful Occupations each pick is often not enough - finding synergies is usually better. To give ...
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Do minor improvement actions have any meaning in the family version of Agricola?

Using the Agricola family ruleset, when a card specifically refers to "minor improvements" (for example "After family growth, play a minor improvement"), do I ignore it or interpret it as "play a ...
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How To Mitigate The Random Factor In Agricola?

Agricola is my favourite boardgame and I'd love to reach a level where I could call myself a master of it. However, having found a place to play it online and gotten a lot more games in, I've been ...
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Can You Choose To Beg When You Have Enough Food?

Normally, in Agricola, it would be crazy not to spend food on feeding your family - at a cost of 3 VPs per, it is difficult to imagine any situation where a food token could be worth more in the ...
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Should You Take “Your Opponent's” Sheep In A 2-Player Game?

As you may well have guessed by now I play a lot of online Agricola; here's a situation that comes up all the time. If I'm the second player, and sheep come up as the round one action card, quite ...
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Is It Possible To Win 2-Player Agricola Without Taking Wood?

A few months ago I visited a friend who'd recently taken up playing Agricola with her husband. "We think there should be a bigger handicap for going second," she said, "Otherwise the person who keeps ...
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Does each stable in a pasture double the number of animals allowed?

I popped round to visit some friends earlier this week and a 4-player game of Agricola sprang up, as often happens. One of the players hadn't played before so we ran through the rules for her benefit....
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Evaluating Agricola as a 2 player game: how long would it take, how competitive is it, complexity, etc.

I've been thinking about getting Agricola for a while, primarily due to how much the gaming world seems to love it. But I want to make absolutely sure that the investment will be worth it. Currently ...
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Here Come The Warm Jets

One of the swingier cards in the Agricola X-Deck is "Mind the Jets!". Players lucky enough to have renovated to a Clay house get their dwelling hardened to Stone by the jets of the alien spacecraft......
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Agricola Card Organization Solutions?

So I expect most of us Agricola nuts have already got a tackle box for all the meeples and counters. But now that I own the base set, Farmers of the Moor, the Gamers Deck, AND the Goodies, I'm ...
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The Simplifier vs The Snitch

We played with Agricola: The Goodies for the first time last night, and while it was very silly, it didn't have the negative impact on gameplay that I'd feared. However, the Occupation cards from the ...