Agricola (board game)

Game of the Year 2008: Special Prize " complex game" German Games Award 2008: 1st place Game of the Year 2008: Games Hit for experts International Gamers Award 2008 As d' Or - Jeu de l' Année 2009: Prix du Jury Japan Boardgame Prize 2008: 4th place Nederlandse Spellenprijs 2009

Agricola (Latin for " farmer" ) is a board game by Uwe Rosenberg for one to five players. It was released in 2007 from the publisher Lookout Games. The player has the task of setting up a farm. By means of agriculture and animal husbandry must be supplied a growing family. Large and small purchases such as a hotplate and training of workers allow more efficient management.

The first edition of Agricola was sold exclusively in German. A second edition ( then also in English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Czech, Polish and Korean available ) in which some of the pieces by so-called Animeeples ( wooden animal figures instead of wood cube, a portmanteau of animal ( animal) and meeple how the game figures be in the English language, first in Carcassonne, later also commonly called ) are replaced, was published in summer 2008.

The jury of critics price game of the year has the special " complex game" in 2008 by Agricola. It was also voted into first place with the German Games Award 2008 and was awarded the International Gamers Award 2008 in the multiplayer category. From 2008 to 2010 it has temporarily replaced at BoardGameGeek than bestbewertetes board game Puerto Rico.

2010 Agricola is the representative in the category strategy game on qualifying for the German board game championship.

  • 2.1 allusions
  • 2.2 extensions

Game idea

Similarities to other games

Similar to Caylus or Puerto Rico, players compete in each round to various action options. Moreover, there is relatively little interaction. Agricola is designed for advanced players, the playing time is about 30 minutes per player. The game can also be played solitaire or in a simplified variant family.

Rosenberg series

Agricola was inspired, according to Rosenberg of Caylus, a game that was released in the fall of 2005. As a second source of inspiration Rosenberg was a separate, thematically not yet fixed games design from the same year, under the title appeared at the gates of Loyang 2009. Two years worked Rosenberg intensively on the game project, has been released to Agricola in October 2007. The second game in this series was published in October 2008, Le Havre, a port game that was inspired by Agricola and Caylus also. The other games in this series are Mercator, published in 2010 on Hamburg's economic rise in the Thirty Years' War, and Ora et Labora, published in 2011, which deals with the medieval monastery economy.

Game material

With a total of nine game plans, 360 cards, over 300 wooden game pieces and 105 Papp brands Agricola is extensively equipped.

  • 5 Hofspielpläne
  • 3 action tableaus
  • 1 Acquisition plan
  • 166 training cards
  • 136 Minor Improvements
  • 10 large purchases
  • 16 round cards
  • 8 begging cards
  • 6 Maps
  • 2 deck cards
  • 4 character sets
  • 93 material tokens
  • 45 add-on pieces
  • 54 animal tokens
  • 18 acres
  • 39 cabin plate
  • 36 Food Brands
  • 9 multiplier brands
  • 3 claim Brands
  • 1 block
  • 1 starting player disc


A number of cards are puns with the names of real people, such as the cards " Beckenbauer " or " Netzer ". The " dockers " caricatured the well-known game designer Klaus Teuber ( Settlers of Catan ). On the " lord " of the mutant Magneto aka Erik Lensherr is shown from the movie X -Men.


The first regular expansion to Agricola was released in October 2009 as part of the international game fair in Essen under the name "Agricola - The Moor farmers ". This will, inter alia before the game starts on the farmyard of each player forest and moor tiles and added horses as a new species. There are special action cards that you can use instead of using a personal stone. In addition to the nutritional value, there are more than currency calorific values ​​with which the own hut must be heated in each harvest time. The expansion also includes 14 new large purchases and 108 small purchases and allows an extended family version with small purchases, but without training.

In October 2010, the " Gamer's Deck" appeared, also called G- deck. This extension consists of 119 cards, 59 small purchases and 60 Training. It is often spoken at the G- deck of 120 cards, one card is not suitable as a playing card, because they included only as decoration. This card set was developed over an internet platform by players for players and realized by Lookout Games.

After release of the game several small additions to the game have been published, issued on gaming conventions or tournaments: "Z- Board" (24 Cards ), "L- Deck", "X- Deck", " Ö- Deck", " CZ deck ", " Agricola in the Forest " (often called T- deck) deck, " NL- deck ", " WM- ​​deck "," biogas promo card "," in the change of seasons " field, promo cards to tournaments in different cities (eg, Darmstadt plays ), correction deck 1 and 2 for older versions of Agricola, modeled raw materials of wood and stickers for tiles.


  • Game of the Year special award for " complex game " in 2008
  • German Games Award 2008
  • Game of Games: Games Hit for experts in 2008
  • International Gamers Award 2008
  • Elected to the Hall of Games 2008
  • 2007 Vienna Games mixture
  • 2008 Hra roku Winner ( Czech Republic)
  • Juego del Año 2008 Ida en España
  • 2008 Japan Boardgame Prize: Place 4
  • 2009 As d' Or - Jeu de l' Année: Prix du Jury
  • 2009 Dutch Games Price

Agricola was beside various awards of online gaming sites:

  • 2007 H @ LL9000 favorite board game, dearest great game
  • Meeples Choice Award 2007
  • JogoEu User's Game ( J.U.G. ) 2008
  • BoardGameGeek: GoldenGeek 2008: Game of the Year and Gamer's Game
  • 2009 " Gra Roku " and " Gra Roku - Wyróżnienie Graczy " (Poland )