From Pegasus Spiele
Posted by Sponsor on July 29, 2021 @ 2:19 am CT
In My Farm Shop, the new board game from Rüdiger Dorn (Istanbul), each player has a farm board featuring a set of ten fields, and a small farmer’s market stall to tend to. On the surface it might look easy, but the demands of even the smallest farming operation go far deeper than the just harvesting fruits and veggies, milking cows, and sheering sheep. You will need to carefully manage your crop selections, invest in field improvements, choose the best time to harvest, and keep a close eye on the other farmers to maintain a competitive edge.
Field activation takes place during the second part of each player’s turn. Once the active player has collected a field card and made an improvement to their board, the values of the remaining two dice are totaled up and every player can then activate the field corresponding to that number on their own farm board. When a field is activated, all players activate their field of that number. Thus, players must think carefully when choosing what field card to take from the market, as sometimes taking a less desirable card might be preferable to avoid granting greater advantages to other players.
Since all good farmers make sure they’re prepared for catastrophic losses, My Farm Shop also provides a way to keep your farm going strong even when the dice do not roll in your favor. Burlap bags are a special production item gained from certain fields, which you can use to change the value of dice after they have been rolled. If a die comes up a 3, for example, you could spend a burlap bag to count it as a 2 or 4; someone else may spend two bags and count it as a 1 or 5. This makes burlap bags a useful tool to have among your supplies, especially since some fields require them to produce other items. Fields can also produce sunflowers, which players can then assign to fields to increase their future yields.
The total number of field improvement cards that are available from the market is based on the number of players in a given game, and when they run out each player makes one final field activation before the game ends, ensuring that the tension remains high through the final activation. Whoever has the most coins after the last field is activated wins!
My Farm Shop is a brilliant, deceptively simple game with easy to learn rules. With every roll of the dice, decisions are made that not only impact the active player, but all players – creating interesting and unique challenges every turn. Players must consider their best options for field improvements, while keeping in mind what are likely to be the most common dice results. The game accounts for dice odds as well, assigning special rules to field #7!
Strategic placement of field improvements to maximize production is key to gaining the most coins, and field cards that may at first appear attractive in the market may not grant the results you are looking for if your other fields are not producing the right, or right amount, of complementary goods. Keeping in mind the storage capacity of your shop is also important since overproduction means wasted effort.
My Farm Shop is all about growing, making, and selling home-grown goods for profit –creating a refreshingly bucolic environment full of fun, fields, and friendly competition. Pick up a copy today and let My Farm Shop transport you to simpler times!
Now available in the U.S. and Canada. Visit www.pegasus-web.com to learn more about My Farm Shop and other fantastic games from Pegasus Spiele!
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