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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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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 having Smallholder and Acreage when Sowing yield extra grain?

If I have the smallholder, and I sow I should get extra to place one extrs grain when I do so as long as I have two or fewer fields. Acreage does not count as a field when scoring points, but I can ...
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Why isn't “Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small” called “Agricola: All Creatures Great and Small”?

It's always been rather jarring to me that the excellent game "Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small" has that name, rather than the usual expression, "All Creatures Great and Small". (Most people ...
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Why is Agricola named as such?

Agricola is a farming game that shares a name with a (mildly) famous Roman general. They have the same pronunciation, i.e. the game is not pronounced as agri-cola. Given that Agricola the general isn'...
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Agricola - Brushwood Collector + Carpenter's Parlor combination

So, let's say I have the improvement "Carpenter's Palror", which allows wooden rooms to cost 2 wood and 2 reed. Then see Brushwood Collector: Each time you renovate or build a room, you can replace ...
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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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Do Fireplaces and Cooking Hearths count as a Bake Bread Action Space?

Does the Fireplaces and Cooking Hearths count as a Bake Bread Action space? Can I put a worker on those cards to bake bread or can I only bake bread using the respective action space on the main board?...
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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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Use case for Plough Driver, Groom, & Manservant in Agricola

Plough Driver: Once you have a stone house, you can pay 1 food at the start of each round to plough (at most) 1 field. Groom: Once you have a stone house, you can build 1 stable at the beginning ...
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Why are two different “Well” cards included in the new version of Agricola?

In the updated Mayfair edition of Agricola, I found two Major Improvement cards for the Well. One costs three stone and one wood (as it did in the original version of the game), the other costs three ...
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Are there any other card packs for Agricola other than the E, I, and K?

I know that the iOS version has the "G" pack, but I'm wondering if that G Pack exists for the actual board game or if there are any other expansion packs. Has anyone used those other expansion packs? ...
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Agricola : In general, is a balanced play style more successful, or all in themed play style?

Recently I have been trying more and more types of cards and play styles to simply see what works and work doesn't, and it has me wondering... Has it been found that a more balanced play style works ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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: 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...