In Seasons of Rice, Corry Damey’s 18-card tribute to his Cambodian heritage, players are farmers puzzling together field cards to expand their family’s “landscape” of rice paddies and ensure the most bountiful of harvests.
Players will be drafting cards and placing them into their expanding landscape area to close off paddies in order to score the most points by the end of the game.
Seasons of Rice was the co-winner of the GenCant 2018 Design Contest. Along with Tussie Mussie, Seasons of Rice left a mark on the judges and many that have played the PNP since.
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A game takes place over two separate seasons (drafting phases): first the Wet Season, then the Dry Season.
Players begin the game during the Wet Season with a hand of 7 paddy cards.
Players simultaneously select 2 cards from their hand: One to immediately place into their personal landscape and one to place into a communal row of cards called the Dry Season row.
Players then exchange their hands and repeat until all cards have been placed.
In the Dry Season, players take turns selecting one card from the Dry Season row and immediately placing it into their landscape. When the Dry Season row is empty, the game is over.
Players have an opportunity to score points during both seasons by fully enclosing their paddies with paths. They will score for the size of a closed paddy, scoring more if it contains houses, farmers, or buffaloes.
A player-specific “ancestor,” representing the guiding spirit of a revered forebear, will also award that player additional points for achieving certain conditions.
Strategically, opportunities abound in the card-rich Wet Season, when all share in a plenitude of resources and hands overflow with possibilities. Players must still think ahead to the Dry Season, though, when options will rapidly dwindle as the Dry Season row runs out of cards. The deck is small and rounds are quick, but a sustainable plan for organically generating points is a must across the seasons.
In the end, the player with the most points wins and may proudly boast of having the most fertile rice paddies in the region!
You can download a low color print and play here: https://www.pnparcade.com/collections/new-games/products/seasons-of-rice
"Overall, I quite enjoy Seasons of Rice! It’s everything I like in a Button Shy game: major spatial component, variable scoring options, bright art, portability, decently easy to learn, and a fun theme. Honestly that’s kind of what I generally like in a game regardless of publisher." - What's Eric Playing
"Although the game plays fast, and components are minimal, the game provides enough depth that the publisher definitely accomplished their goal with this game. An 18-card game with high re-playability, strategic choices, and that can be stored and played in almost any situation." - Everything Board Games
"It’s basically dark wizardry that Button Shy consistently produces interesting, strategic games that only contain eighteen cards and can easily fit in a pants pocket. This game is no exception, and furthermore, builds on some of their best designs with its take on drafting and tableau building." - Cardboard Hoard, Punchboard Media
All rewards except the retailer level come with the free expansions (The Water Festival and Jasmine & Ginger), see below for more info on them.
In previous campaigns we created expansion material and used it as stretch goals. Going forward, we're just going to give it away from the start. So no worries on whether we'll hit it or not, you are getting TWO EXPANSIONS if you pledge here.
The Water Festival (4 cards) is a river that splits up the play area.
There is a river of four 2-sided cards that gets “randomly” laid. By random, they may be rotated and shuffled, but laid in such a way that they create a horizontal line between players. Play starts and continues as normal, but players will play off the river to start their landscape. Each section of the river has a feature and if players have a majority of that particular feature in the connected paddy at the end of each season, they will earn a scoring ability. When playing with The Water Festival, the Wet Season has a set intermediate scoring. Before the Dry Season they’re all flipped over and have a more randomized scoring for the end of the game.
Jasmine & Ginger (2 cards) will alter early game strategies.
The Jasmine Rice Contract is awarded to the player with the most points at the end of the Wet Season, while the Ginger Rice Contract is awarded to the other player. The player with lesser points will still draft the first card from the Dry Season.
- Jasmine Rice Contract: Player immediately earn 9 points minus 1 for every farmer in their landscape.
- Ginger Rice Contract: During the Dry Season, earn +2 points for every paddy closed.
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A few notable games available in our library are Sprawlopolis, Circle The Wagons, Liberation, The Perfect Moment, Antinomy and Handsome.
Corry is a Seattle transplant living in Twin Falls, Idaho creating and designing along the way. His love of board games stems from the fact that they bring people together, immerse them in stories, build camaraderie, and challenge one another. Since becoming a gamer, he has just started trying his hand at the design and illustrative side of it.
Driven by curiosity, Jerome spends a lot of time exploring new places and activities. He finds empowerment and rejuvenation high above the canopies or deep below the sea of the Evergreen State. His enjoyment of outdoor adventures directly parallels his lifelong passion for creating art. Learning and honing a variety of artistic disciplines, his works range from traditional media to motion graphic and digital illustration.
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Our 2019 $5 packages include an episode of Chain Mail, a card and dice driven, asymmetric dungeon crawler for 1-4 players. Each episode comes with a postcard map, dual monster card, and a new quest. After multiple months you can randomize these and/or attempt multiple quests in a campaign mode.
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Risks and challenges
Everything is ready for this game. Development is complete, art is complete. We are ready to go to print as soon as the Kickstarter ends.
We only have one outstanding campaign at this time and it's on track to arrive here in late August and ship out in September, as we previously estimated during the campaign.
We've implemented more and more staff to make sure fulfillment is handled as quickly as possible.
The only challenges ahead of us are the unexpected hiccups that can come up in any production. With enough hands and eyes on staff here, hopefully we can reduce the potential for most of these hiccups.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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