Village in a Box is a game about village-building. There's nothing fancy here--you're just some impoverished medieval noble trying to build a decent home for your miserable subjects. And well you should. At least a couple other nobles in the area are doing what they can to build up a sweet village, too. Trade with your opponents, or send thieves their way to slow their progress!
Simultaneous Play: 1. Everyone takes 6 cards. 2. Build what you can; trade cards with opponents to take the most advantage of your cards. 3. Save 2 cards in your hand; discard the rest! 4. Repeat steps 1-3 until someone has a village worth 20 points! The person with the most points wins.
Requirement-Based Building: Most cards have requirements you must build first. Each card can be used as a requirement only once! Save high-value cards while you build up the required infrastructure--or develop the most basic structures and hope for the best!
Update 12/5/2013: Corrected box image centering issue, updated Huts card face to reflect 1 point value.
Update 12/16/2013: New shop ad & new card back finished. Also working on an expansion pack...stay tuned!
Update 12/30/2013: Fixed a known issue with the font to make each word more legible.
Update 2/14/2014: Kickstarter funded! The exclusive KS edition ships with 54 cards in addition to the base game. These include a new water-themed addition to the tech tree, ten playable characters that add new game mechanics, and a selection of extra cards that make a 5th player possible! These 54 cards will be available soon as a separate expansion.
Update 4/9/2014: All three expansions released in the Kickstarter are now available here: Water & People in a Box [www.thegamecrafter.com] This includes (1) Water in a Box, which adds the Water resource and tech tree; (2) People in a Box, which adds 10 playable characters to the game; and (3) Player in a Box, which makes ViaB playable for 2-6 players!
FAQ ----- Q: Do I need to have the cards line up with each other when I place them on the table?
A: No. The paths on each card do connect to each other, and they can be helpful to keep track of what's what when you're learning the game. However, it's more space-efficient to put the cards into stacks to show you've used up more basic cards with the more advanced cards.
Q: Do I trade an entire stack, or just the top card?
A: You may trade either, but you may not trade a card which is buried. For example, you may trade a Farm, or a Farm + Field, but you may not trade a Field that is under a Farm.
Q: What happens if the game hasn't ended, and we don't have enough cards to deal 6 to each player?
A: Deal as many as you can. This will likely be your last round.