After waiting for many weeks for my first-ever preordered board game, Agricola (the most hyped game of the decade) finally came. I played my first game last night (a solo game, of course). I scored a 41! It was lots of fun! I can't wait to play with other people. I just hope my wife and friends will take to it. There are a lot of "moving parts" and "helps" printed everywhere. Add in all those little bits and it's fairly overwhelming. But, when you boil it down, Agricola isn't really overly complicated. There are 14 turns. On a turn you put your little family discs on an action and do the action (usually this involves taking some stuff or sending some stuff). Then your family members come back. And repeat. Simple! Every once in a while you have to feed them or you get wicked -3 points cards and you lose the game, but other than that...
Overall, this seems to be a very solid game. The staggering number of cards (360+ several extras) guarantees a fresh experience each time. This might be one time when the hype is justified. Time will tell.
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