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Arboretum - Create a beautiful arboretum with paths that will make visitors think they've been transported to a veritable paradise of cool, shaded beauty.

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Arboretum - Create a beautiful arboretum with paths that will make visitors think they've been transported to a veritable paradise of cool, shaded beauty.

Life is beautiful beneath the branches! A prize-winning arboretum is home to many trees of glorious natural colors, and its visitors are transported to a veritable paradise in the shade it offers. Creating such a beautiful arboretum is not a simple task, nor is mapping the paths its visitors should take to properly appreciate such beauty.

Which varieties will you choose to charm your visitors? Lilac trees, maple trees, or the venerable magnolia tree? You must choose wisely which trees to plant and which to keep in hand, as this balance will ultimately determine who among you has created the most sumptuous arboretum

Arboretum is a strategy card game for 2-4 players, aged 10 and up, that combines set collection, tile-laying and hand management while playing in about 25 minutes. Players try to have the most points at the end of the game by creating beautiful garden paths for their visitors.

The deck has 80 cards in ten different colors, with each color featuring a different species of tree; each color has cards numbered 1 through 8, and the number of colors used depends on the number of players.

Game Play

Players start with a hand of seven cards. On each turn, a player draws two cards (from the deck or one or more of the discard piles), lays a card on the table as part of her arboretum, then discards a card to her personal discard pile.

Scoring

When the deck is exhausted, players compare the cards that remain in their hands to determine who can score each color. For each color, the player with the highest value of cards in hand of that color scores for a path of trees in her arboretum that begins and ends with that color. A path is an orthogonally adjacent chain of cards in increasing values. For each card in a path that scores, the player earns one point; if the path consists solely of trees of the color being scored, the player scores two points per card. If a player doesn't have the most value for a color, she score zero points for a path that begins and ends with that color. Whoever has the most points wins.

Honors:

  • 2015 Meeples' Choice Nominee
  • 2015 Golden Geek Best Card Game Nominee
  • 2015 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork/Presentation Nominee

Contents: 80 cards, 1 rulebook, 1 scoring pad.

Features

Number of Players 2 to 4
Playing Time 30+ minutes
Suggested Ages 8 and up
Mechanics card game, hand management, set collection, tile placement
Designer Cassar, Dan
Illustrator Philippe Guerin and Chris Quilliams
Publisher Z-Man Games
Year Published 2015
Binding Box
Condition New

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