In Verdant players are building a lovely interior out of rooms and plants! They try to match the best environments, to ensure the plants are happy.
But also, the rooms will be filled with furniture and objects such as a cabinet or a cat (which looks suspiciously like it walked out of the #Calico gamebox…)
On a turn players take either a plant or a room card together with an object token. On the card they didn't pick, they place a thumb token. These can be used for small bonuses, such as selecting a card and a different object from the row.
With these cards players will build their interiors. When placing a plant next to a room with the demanded orientation, the plant will get a verdant. Each plant needs a certain amount of verdant to be completed. When completed, it’s worth the amount of points shown. Verdant can also be gained through the green tokens.
At the end of the game, when all players have a grid of 3*5, the game ends and players gain points for completed plants, different objects, different rooms/plantstypes and rooms adjacent to certain plants. Highest score wins the game.
I recently had the pleasure of playing Verdant, and I have to say, it's a solid game with a lovely theme. As the final game in the Alderac trilogy, it really brings the trilogy full circle.
I found myself completely charmed by the game, and it's definitely going to become a regular in my game night lineup. That being said, I wasn't necessarily surprised by the game's mechanics - they didn't feel all that new or innovative.
On the plus side, the theme is so lovely and engaging that I want to play it again and again. I especially love how Verdant seems to be a mix between Calico and Cascadia, even though it's not actually a tile placement game. And of course, the art is absolutely gorgeous - it really adds to the overall experience.
Overall, I'd highly recommend Verdant to anyone who's a fan of the Alderac tileplacement games or just looking for a fun and charming game to add to their collection!
👍The theme of the game is so lovely, I want to play this again and again
👍I really like how this game resembles Calico, but also Cascadia and comes forward as a sort of mix between the two, even though it’s not actually a #tileplacement game
👍 The art is gorgeous
➖ The game feels not too innovative
A copy of this game was provided to me by Alderac for the purpose of writing this review. My opinion however remains my own.