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Once you have your cards and stock of Turnip currency, you each simultaneously play a card to battle each player to the left and right of you. Everyone turns up their cards together and deals out the effect in order (Farmers, Walls, Raiders, Merchants). Farmers produce turnips, Walls block Raiders, Raiders steal turnips, and Merchants either add new cards to your hand or help you purchase one of the three relics you need to win.
As you play you work to win turnips and buy three relics. Each round you also gain knowledge of which cards the other players have. Because card effects may only work against certain types of other cards a strategy develops to out manoeuvre them in rock-paper-scissors style. Should you focus on farming, or defence or stealing or trading? Or maybe you just try and foil other players with characters that can Exhaust their cards and stop them being played next turn.
The result is an approachable but highly tactical take-that game. You are progressing by attacking other players, but the focus is still on strategy rather than just brute force beating others at the table.
Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
- Village Pillage: Expansion Pack (2019) - Play with 6 people by adding 3 relics and 4 new character types: Shepherd, Monk, Turncoat, Smuggler.
- Village Pillage: Turf (2020) - Adds new characters with animals that affect the entire table and a new Provoke ability for characters.
- Village Pillage: Surf (2020) - Adds easy to obtain Freebooter characters, who are handy but don't stick around.
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