Welcome to Dice Spotlight! I’m your Gamemaster, Jonathan, here at Connexxions Cafe. This blog highlights different games that we have at the Cafe that you may want to check out. Maybe you’ll discover a new favourite!
|I mean, look at him! I obviously mean the farmer.|
Takenoko is a simple game of growing bamboo, eating bamboo, and making more places to grow and eat bamboo. There's a little bit of complexity when it comes to irrigating the plots of land and learning how that mechanic works, but besides that, its a fairly easy to get the basics down. Each player has their own set of goal cards (as seen on the right) that they are working toward. It could be having the panda a certain number of red bamboo, have 3 stacks of green bamboo that are 4 high, or have 2 irrigated yellow plots beside 2 irrigated green plots. There are loads of different combinations so it can be hard for opponents to actively stop your plans. Each turn, you roll a weather dice, with each side triggering a different event. One side lets you move the farmer to grow bamboo in a plot that you want. Another lets you take an upgrade token to place later on the board. It adds enough randomness to keep each turn interesting!
|You may notice I usually show a 2 player setup.|
It's PURELY for the reason of it looking nicer that way
and NOT me being too lazy to put out more pieces.
Thanks for checking out Dice Spotlight! I hope you enjoy getting a little glimpse of the magic that board games can bring. Come visit the Connexxions Cafe (12644 137 Ave, Edmonton) and say hi! Or ask me about a certain game that you’ve always wanted to learn. I’d be happy to work through it with you :) Keep being awesome!