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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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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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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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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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Handicapping an experienced Agricola player.

One of my friends and I often play Agricola, and he's considerably better than me at it - I'm getting better, but he seems to be advancing at a faster rate, and it's getting to the point that although ...
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What are the most busted cards in Agricola?

There's quite a few Occupations in Agricola that elicit a traumatized shudder from hardened Agricola players. I'm thinking of cards like the Taster, which basically allows one player to be in a ...
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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 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 are the most useful Major Improvements in Agricola?

What Major Improvements do you see as most useful in Agricola, and why?
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Agricola - After/Also rule

For an action space which states: After A, also B such as: After Family Growth, also 1 minor Improvement Does it mean that I must do both Family Growth and Minor Improvement?
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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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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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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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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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Good General Strategies for Agricola? [closed]

What are some good general guidelines for strategies when playing Agricola? I know it will depend on the exact games, but are there any typical dos and/do nots? John
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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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How do you pronounce Agricola?

I played my first game of Agricola yesterday. Naturally, I'm left with a bunch of questions, but chief among them is: How do you pronounce the name of this game? Our group was split pretty evenly ...
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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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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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How does the Outrider work in Agricola?

At the weekend I was playing Agricola and played the occupation Outrider. The rule for the outrider is "Whenever you use the most recent Round card with one of your people, you receive 1 additional ...
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Agricola Online

Does anyone know of any online (or iPhone, iPad, PC, Xbox, PS2, or PS3 for that matter!) versions of Agricola - or know if any are in the works?
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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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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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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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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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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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Does my Carbonite Cousin need feeding?

For Christmas, I received Agricola - The Goodies. It's a fun expansion that provides new themed farm boards, shaped resources and animals, stickers for your people, and four interesting decks of ...
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Agricola Solo “Campaign” professions

In my solo campaign I played the "Home teacher" (The card that shows Obi Wan) and chose that as my first fixed profession for the following rounds. The card says something like: At the end of the ...
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Alternative major improvements for Agricola

Are there any (official/unofficial) alternatives to the major improvements in Agricola?
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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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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 ...
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Hand Order In Agricola (and Bohnanza)

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 ...
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How does Le Havre compare with Agricola?

At my gaming group, we are looking into getting a new boardgame. We're all relative novices with boardgames but not with games in general. Among our options are two games that seem rather similar: ...
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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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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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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 ...