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Why is Agricola named as such?

“Agricola” is the Latin word for “farmer” (dictionary). It is derived from “ager” (“field”) and “-cola” (“-tiller”, “-cultivator”). “Agriculture” shares the same root, and so does “acre” (albeit ...
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In Agricola, do family members occupy as many rooms as possible?

The third member will occupy the third room of your house, even if you use the "Family Growth even without a room" action. The relevant rule starts on page 9 of the rule book, under "Family Growth ...
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When does my new family member occupy a new room?

According to the rulebook (pg 9): After Family Growth, also 1 Minor Improvement (Stage 2): A player may only use this Family growth space if he has more empty rooms than Family members. It is ...
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Topping up fields in agricola

No, the field does not 'top up'. You cannot sow the field again until it is empty again. From the page 6 of the rules: Grain may be sown in empty fields. In the side panel: 1 Grain becomes ...
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Agricola question about minor improvement and occupation cards

You pay the cost a single time when you play the card. That is, you take an action that allows you to play an occupation or minor improvement, pay the cost, take the card from your (secret) hand and ...
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What do minor improvements and occupations add?

At first, the additional complexity definitely feels like a downside. But once you play enough, the decisions present in the family version become much more intuitive and faster. At that point, the ...
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Why are two different "Well" cards included in the new version of Agricola?

The Well that shows three Stone and one Clay is a misprint, which was packaged up with the rest of the cards. The other well was included separately from the rest of the cards as a replacement to fix ...
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Do Fireplaces and Cooking Hearths count as a Bake Bread Action Space?

During the Work Phase your family members perform Actions that are selected from those currently available on the board. Stage 1 has the Sow and/or Bake Bread Action which will show up sometime ...
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Agricola: Fireplaces and Cooking Hearths

Yes, you can use each as much as you want. The reason to own more than one is mostly if you get a better one later when you could only afford a cheap one earlier; or to deprive other players of them.
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Minimizing Agricola setup/clean up time

How about a foamcore insert? I just finished my Agricola foamcore yesterday. I haven't benchmarked the setup and breakdown times (yet). There are no zip top bags to open, it should only take a minute....
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Minimizing Agricola setup/clean up time

The trade-off is between setup time and maintenance (restocking at the beginning of each turn). We've chosen to split the difference as follows: Each set of player pieces goes into its own ziplock ...
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Occupations and minor improvements break the game?

Not everyone feels the way you do. Agricola is rated #7 on BoardGameGeek seven years after it was released. Agricola is rated as "Medium-Heavy" on BGG with a 3.6 rating out of 5 which means that ...
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How can I make Agricola vegetarian friendly?

The game already supports this with improvements like Pottery, which converts clay to food. Clearly, the imagined implication isn't that suddenly your family has a fulfilling case of pica — it's that ...
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Why isn't "Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small" called "Agricola: All Creatures Great and Small"?

I am almost certain this is a UK / US difference. Specifically, I believe it was named this way because of a marketing decision by the US publisher. Research: Although Agricola's creator is Uwe ...
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When does my new family member occupy a new room?

Even though family members come home at the end of a round, you still cannot take the "Family Growth" action if you don't have more rooms than family members. This is pretty explicit on page 9 of the ...
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What is the deck and name of this card that gives extra food?

There is a website that lists out all of the cards and effects here. The card you are asking about is the Artisan: At most once per harvest, when you use an improvement to convert a building ...
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Agricola - Brushwood Collector + Carpenter's Parlor combination

You could build a wooden room for 3 wood. Carpenter's Parlor sets the base cost, and Brushwood Collector allows you to pay part of the cost differently. Essentially, they don't even interact, since ...
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Agricola Family Growth importance threshold

The sole* value of getting family growth is having extra action. Each round that you can get family growth earlier and is one extra action you can take. *Actually there are other reasons you might ...
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Are you allowed to bake bread in two different ovens?

Yes, you can use as many ovens as you want each time you take the bake bread action. Unfortunately the rulebook itself is not completely clear on this point. But multiple answers on bgg agree.
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Use case for Plough Driver, Groom, & Manservant in Agricola

I think you are being a bit harsh on these cards. Let's say you renovate to stone in round 11 - definitely doable. Ignoring any combos, for the cost of one action and 1 or 2 food, you could get: Plow ...
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Minimizing Agricola setup/clean up time

A "Plano box" did it for me. You'll find these for general organization across a lot of specific disciplines, primarily arts and crafts but also fishing and home improvement. Any big-box department ...
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Agricola : In general, is a balanced play style more successful, or all in themed play style?

The short answer is: it depends. Agricola is quite a complex game and there are all sorts of variables at play that determine your strategy. You have already said that you are trying out various ...
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How does Agricola Solo version determine the food at the beginning of each game?

This is in the rules here On page 9 To play a Solo game, start with 0 Food. and later on the same page Because you have more permanent Occupations after each game, the goal score that you ...
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Forester and Copse in Agricola

To me, the benefits of these cards have always seemed limited for several reasons: Initial outlay. You need to invest a number of wood into the card to begin with. Delayed gratification. The first ...
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Move Animals Between Pens During Harvest

Usually you can drag the animals to the storage bar at the bottom of the screen to assist in moving them around. Just like whenever you get new ones and have to drag them out, I have usually just ...
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How can you get around the lack of early stone in two-player Agricola?

As far as breaking the game goes you'd have to experiment. Since those cards don't always come up it's hard to say with out play testing how early stone would affect a 2-player game with and without ...
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Does having Smallholder and Acreage when Sowing yield extra grain?

Acreage counts as two fields for Smallholder, so you will not get extra sowing unless it is your only field. Source: Acreage, Bean Field, Lettuce Patch and Turnip Field count towards the indicated ...
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Revised Farmers of the Moor expansion on the non-revised based set

The simple answer is no the updated Farmers of the Moor is not directly compatible with an unrevised Agricola. Mostly this is due to changed terminology and art between the classic and revised ...
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What does the Yoke card mean when it says "Plow"?

The text in the card refers to 'Plow or Harrow' with capital P and Capital H. This is because they are nouns (note that when the verb is used, as in "you can plow..." it is not written with capital P)....
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Handicapping an experienced Agricola player.

I suggest the stronger player secretly applies a handicapping rule to themselves. The problem with some of the other handicaps (especially the simple victory points handicap) is that it's not a ...
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