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Posted: 3 months ago, last updated 8 weeks ago.

Author: Rob Prior, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Everdell is a strategy game where you lead a group of animals seeking to build their home in a woodland. You play by placing workers, playing cards and collecting resources. It is a game where every tiny decision has a powerful effect on the success (or otherwise) of the kingdom that you are building.

You play as the leader of a band of creatures aiming to create the most successful civilisation in the woods of Everdell over one year of forest life. You place your limited number of Worker figures, to gather resources and take actions. These resources enable you to buy Building cards, which in turn allow you to add Creatures cards to your kingdom. As you build your Kingdom deck, you score victory points for each card that you add, but you also unlock extra abilities, which give you more actions and more resources on later turns.

As you play, resources become more limited, space on the board gets taken up and you run out of Worker figures to place. When you get to this point, you have to move on to the next season to release your workers and gain more actions. What's interesting is that players don't move through the four seasons at the same pace. Rush ahead too fast and you might leave a player gaining victory points unopposed at the end, take too long and the game ends before you've completed your plans.

What starts as a resource generation game, quickly becomes a tactical battle set over a thousand small decisions. As you buy and deploy the cards, you begin to build your kingdom adding buildings and creatures, which give you more money and more power. After a while you begin to feel like the ruler of your own woodland kingdom, where every decision that you make is important.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2018

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Collecting, Strategy and World Building

Pieces: Board, Cards, Figures, Placeables and Tokens

Developer: Starling Games (@StarlingGames)



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Learn to Play: This takes 1 hour to learn. Although the structure of each turn is easy to grasp, there are such a myriad of options that it may take you a few games to fully grasp everything that is going on in this game. Expect that your first game may take a long time and that you may end up with decision inertia at the start. However once you have made it through the first few plays, you should begin to really enjoy this game and see that its variety is one of its core strengths.

The first time you play it's worth trying the following:
  • Play with one or two other players to keep the game short.
  • Don't try to understand all the cards at once, just go with your instincts at first.
  • Remember it isn't a race to the finish, so try to use up all your actions before moving to the next season.

Play Time: This game will take between 40 minutes and 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room. It is best with 3 players.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to have lots of patience, this is a long game with a lot of rules. They need to be able to make a lot of decisions and to hold a lot of information at once.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are a number of expansion packs for this game, including:
  • Everdell: Mistwood (2022) adds a villain who fights for control of Everdell.
  • Everdell: Newleaf (2022) adds a Train Station board that brings new characters and actions to the game.
  • Everdell: Spirecrest (2020) adds Weather Cards, Discovery Cards and Animal Helper figures.
  • Everdell: Bellfaire (2019) adds components for 5-6 players and new cards.
  • Everdell: Pearlbrook (2019) adds a River board and Frog Ambassador figure.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Everdell Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@StarlingGames) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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