The two-player spin-off to Uwe Rosenberg’s agricultural hit Agricola is returning with a Big Box edition.
All Creatures Big and Small was originally released in 2012, focusing on animal husbandry and ditching the vegetable-growing and family management elements of the intense farming simulator. As in the original, players breed horses, cows, sheep and pigs to attain victory points, organising and expanding their pastures along the way.
In Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small, you become an animal breeder of horses, cows, sheep and pigs and try to make the most of your pastures. Players start with a 3x2 game board that can be expanded during play to give more room for players to grow and animals to run free. Sixteen possible actions are available for players to take, with each player taking three actions total in each of the eight rounds.
The player who amasses the most victory points through enclosing space with fences and acquiring the largest number and variety of animals and victory point-generating buildings will be the winner.
The buildings each provide unique special abilities during play and/or VP at game end. Balancing the tension between building infrastructure (fenced pastures and buildings) and acquiring animals (the single biggest source of end-game scoring) is the key to success!
The game has been out of print for a while, but it’s back this year bigger and better than ever, with The Big Box including the base game and both expansions previously released for the game – More Buildings Big and Small and Even More Buildings Big and Small –plus improved components, such as shaped resource and worker tokens. The gameplay is otherwise identical to the standard All Creatures Big and Small.
Despite the name, the Big Box is to be the same size as Bärenpark, Isle of Skye or Costa Rica, so it’s not exactly going to require building an extension to your house, like Gloomhaven.
Playing time: 30 mins
Min-Max players: 2 players
Suggested Age: 13+ years old
It may not be possible to ship very heavy items outside of the Mainland UK.
Released: 26 June 2018