Foragers is a strategy game in which players take on the role of ancient foragers competing to be the most respected member of the tribe. In the game, foragers pick fruit from trees, fish in lakes, and hunt aurochs in the fields. After collecting these foods, the foragers return to a fire pit, where they share their food with the tribe and earn victory points. In addition, the foragers sometimes happen upon tools, which allow them to forage, fish, or hunt more efficiently. Of course, foragers are not completely altruistic and so they occasionally fight with each other to earn respect. The player who can best optimize their food and tool gathering, while also avoiding or winning skirmishes is the one who eventually earns the title of tribe leader.
The game is played over a predetermined number of rounds, depending upon the number of players. In each round, all players simultaneously choose an action card, from a hand of 3 action cards (drawn from a deck of 10) to use for that round. All players have an identical set of 10 cards in the game. Each action card lists 5 different actions. Furthermore, there is a common action card that has 4-5 actions (depending on the number of players) listed. Once a player chooses an action on the common action card, it cannot be chosen by the other players until a new round starts. In clockwise order, each player performs 1 of the actions on their card or on the common action card until all players have performed 4 actions. Such actions include things like: walking, foraging, eating, discovering, resting, sharing, and picking up a tool. The numbers on the cards indicate the various levels to which someone might perform that action. For example, a 5 next to a walk icon means a player may walk up to 5 spaces for that action. The deck of 10 cards offers a variety of levels of ability, so one card might allow you to walk very far but rest a little, while another card does the opposite.
The game starts with a board of either 5 or 8 tiles in a predetermined shape, according to the number of players. One of the actions on the common action card is "discover," which allows a player to draw a new tile and expand the board. At the end of the game, the board will be completed in a particular pattern (again, based on the number of players). Despite the board's expansion, which allows for the gathering of new resources, the game's resources are limited. As with real foragers, you must continue to move to new places to gather foods.
When players pick up food, they place it on their tableau, which tracks the food's freshness. At the end of each round, a "spoilage card" is flipped and all players "age" their food (i.e., move them along a food track). As the food gets older, it does not provide as much energy if eaten. Also, to score victory points, players must share their food before it spoils. In this sense, the players are racing not only against each other, but against nature.
For those familiar with Dr. Finn's Games, Foragers is different insofar as it is not a "filler" game (i.e., quick games meant to "fill" in the time between longer games) and its theme is much more integrated into the game play. Dr. Finn is the first to admit that many of his other games have a loose thematic element. Nevertheless, Foragers still exhibits characteristics of a typical Dr. Finn game: easy to learn, fun to play, and packed with interesting decisions.
Note: all the cards in the game are standard poker sized cards (2.5" x 3.5").
In the following video, I give a brief explanation of the game's main rules.
In the following two videos, Rahdo runs through a couple rounds of play.
Dr. Finn's Games publishes the games of Steve Finn, an independent game designer. To survive, Dr. Finn's Games relies heavily on funds raised during Kickstarter campaigns. Since many of our games do not have wide retail distribution, you are unlikely to find our newer games (such as Foragers, Cosmic Run, or Biblios Dice) for sale through a large online retailer at a discounted price after the campaign ends. So, Kickstarter campaigns are often the best chance to get a Dr. Finn's game at a great price--especially if you back at one of the "combo" levels.
Reviews of Dr. Finn’s Games have been overwhelmingly positive. In a recent review, Richard Ham (”Rahdo Runs Through”) dubbed Dr. Finn the “King of the Filler.” In addition to Foragers, other games from Dr. Finn's are available here for great prices (see "Add-ons" below).
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There are two special reward levels for this campaign (limited to a total of 4 backers). For $200, my artist will draw your image (based on a picture you provide) and it will be included on either the box bottom or on one side of the hunt leader card. In addition, you receive 3 copies of the game.
Shipping costs for U.S. backers are incorporated into all prices. Shipping prices for all other countries are listed in the reward descriptions (to the right). Games shipped to the EU will be shipped from within the EU. Thus, no additional taxes or fees will apply. Games shipped to all other parts of the world will originate in the U.K. and so will be subject to the fees and taxes of your country.
If you would like to customize your reward, you may add on games to any level at or above the $37 level by simply adding the amount for the add-ons to the level amount. At the time of backing the project, you do not specify which games you want. When the campaign is over, I will send out a survey to find out why you added extra funds and you can then let me know what other games you wanted. Details about the other Dr. Finn's Games are in the next section. Shipping costs are incorporated in the prices below.
* Special price for Canadian backers on marked games because Dr. Finn's Games has too many of those in a Canadian warehouse.
U.S. Backers may add a Dr. Finn's Games T-shirt for $10. Sorry, it is not available outside the U.S. Sizes available: S-M-L-XL-2XL.
Kickstarter campaigns are an excellent opportunity to acquire other games from Dr. Finn's Games. My games are not really distributed through traditional channels; only a few retailers (mostly those who back this project and others who have established a relationship with Dr. Finn's Games) will be selling Dr. Finn's games (with the exception of Biblios) in the future.
Boardgamegeek.com is the best place to do research on Dr. Finn's Games, since it has multiple written and video reviews for each game, not to mention the collected individual ratings by users of the site.
Risks and challenges
Game manufacturing and publishing contains a number of risks. For this project, the greatest risks follow from the fact that the games will be manufactured in China and shipped to the U.S. The most serious threat in this regard concerns quality control over the manufacturing. A more likely threat, though less serious, is the possible delays involved. Dr. Finn's can mitigate both of these concerns. First, I will be using a manufacturer who has produced great results on game projects in the past. Second, Dr. Finn's Games has successfully completed each Kickstarter campaign on time and understands how to keep the project on track. If any delays do unexpectedly occur, supporters will be notified promptly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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