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Z-Man Games Arboretum Card Game
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- Life is beautiful beneath the branches
- Which varieties of tree will you choose to charm your visitors?
- Ages 8+
- 2 to 4 players
- 30 minute playing time
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Arboretum is a card game where you grow your very own botanical garden. Making the most beautiful arboretum will not be an easy task, and some planning will be required. Which species will you choose? Lilac, willow, or maybe maple? Keep an eye out on your opponents, manage your hand wisely, and your arboretum will be blooming!
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Gameplay: The game has two main intersecting elements of play - Scoring (blocking your opponent from scoring and trying to score yourself) and Planting (building the best arboretum you can). Rounds last between 10-30 minutes in our experience. There is a litte down time between turns as you need to consider your opponents latest move, but while there is a fair bit to think about the rounds are quick enough that you won't get frozen in analysis paralysis.
(a) gameplay is excellent - quick, interactive, painful decisions most turns
(b) beautiful artwork - one of the most attractive games I've seen in a while. Certainly the most beautiful card game I own.
(c) depth of strategy
only con is scoring takes a minute or two to explain. needs simple examples shown for people to get it. but after that - you're off!
(2) DON'T PAY PRICE GOUGE PRICES!! It's out of print in many places. But you can either
buy GERMAN version from Amazon.de - same game. only difference is names of trees in German, but doesn't affect game play. rules availalbe from boardgamegeek.com etc.. in english
The trees, in ten species, are played to the arboretum where they create valuable walks. A walk must start and end with the same suit and the card numbers must increase from start to finish. Walks of mixed suits score one point for each card in length. If you can make a walk that is of only one suit and is four cards or longer then it will be more valuable, scoring two points per card. Players start with seven cards. Each turn you pick up two cards and lay one in the arboretum and the other face up your discard. The picked cards are drawn from face down stock or any opponents face up discard pile. One needs to be very careful in discarding to avoid giving away points.
The game ends at the turn when the last stock card is picked. Players can slow down the end point by picking up discards instead of stock if they want to play more cards to their arboretum. At the end of the game the seven cards remaining in the players hands are critical to enabling scoring. The player with the highest valued hand of cards in a suit is the only one can score any points for that suit's walk. Beware, your investment in a very valuable walk of a one suit is worth nothing if you are denied the scoring rights. This oversight has lost me several games.
Get the German version at less than 1/4 of the price - not dependant on language, as the trees are named in German but are colour coded. English instructions are easily found elsewhere on the internet.
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Returned once to see if the mistake would be corrected, after a very long delay I received another copy of the Renegade Games version back and decided to give up.
This listing ought to be removed.