#38 – Herbaceous


At a Glance: Herbaceous has a unique theme to say the least. It takes planting & potting herbs and makes it into a card game that is all about timing.

Herbaceous is a card game for 1-4 players where the theme is planting and potting herbs! OK, so the theme is oddly unique, but I can tell you that the game is good. Each player has their own Private Garden and there is a community garden that is in reach for everyone. Each turn, a player will draw 2 cards, one at a time. With the first card, you may play it into either your Private Garden or the Community Garden. Then, the 2nd card you draw will go wherever your first one didn’t. In this way, players will be collecting sets and growing the Community Garden. Each player has 4 types of pots that accept different types of sets and at the beginning of your turn, you may pot a group of herbs. There are also bonus herbs that can only be potted into the jar for bonus points. Whoever has the most points at the end is the winner.

This is a pretty relaxing game. The artwork is well done too, and adding in the chilled-out theme, this game has a unique sophistication to it. Herbaceous is really easy to learn and the decision-making when planting herbs is usually not complicated. But by far, the main challenge is knowing when to pot your groups of herb cards. If you get greedy and wait until your next turn to pot a big group, someone else may take some from the common area and then you’re left with fewer than you had before. Timing is everything in this game.

The cards are good quality. It is a small-sized game with a simple smoothness to it. It is mostly stress-free and is a good game to play casually over coffee.

Check it out: https://amzn.to/2BuZlAP

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