Game: Brewcrafters: The Travel Card Game
Publisher: Dice Hate Me Games
Designer: Ben Rosset
I first heard about Brewcrafters early in our board gaming journey and what stuck with me was the description of Agricola on the theme of brewing beer. Since we’d only just got Agricola to the table I decided against another significant investment, in spite of the very appealing theme! Instead I put some research into the card game version and, after hearing good things, made a much smaller investment in Brewcrafters: The Travel Card Game.
In Brewcrafters: The Travel Card Game you are using cards to build up your brewery, including the equipment, staff and fields where you grow your ingredients. It’s important to have the right mix of equipment and people to brew the beers you are famous for! Perhaps you specialise in brewing standard Ale, but doing it really well commanding a higher price or maybe you brew Special Reserve with rarer ingredients, or you’re a bit of a jack of all trades.
On your turn you add two cards to your hand from either the 5 face-up cards or the face-down draw deck. You then choose whether to play a card to your brewery or to brew a beer using a selection of cards from your hand. All cards have multiple uses, either as an ingredient or as a brewery element, so it’s important to make sure you’re building a useful brewery whilst holding back vital ingredients for your beer. When you brew a beer you will gain points which have a base value based on the complexity of the beer but then can be boosted if there are cards in your brewery to help you. Other cards in your brewery might allow you to brew a beer using fewer ingredients or to take extra cards or brew and develop your brewery in the same turn.
|The game setup for two players|
|A selection of cards representing the different ingredients which brew the different types of beer. There are duplicate types of card but in each type they will represent different ingredients.|
For the Yellow Meeple, Brewcrafters: The Travel Card Game gets a 6/10.