The gaming mechanisms in The Vine Game could just as easily be applied to ‘The Beer Game’ or a game called ‘Strawberry Jam’. However, owning and operating a vineyard is something lots of us city dwelling corporate warrior types fantasize about and provides a great theme for the game. The wine theme has been deeply embedded in the game and is not just a label on a run of the mill farm game. You really get the sense of being involved in the wine industry.
Room For One More
With games like Winerd, Winopoly and more recently Viticulture, etc why not just leave the space to all the other wine related offerings? It is because we believe The Vine Game is such a great free wheeling and dealing strategic game that we just had to make it available. It’s old school – money is the medium of exchange not ‘resource’ cards. The concept is easy to grasp for those not well versed in today’s more convoluted gaming devices. As well as that, the end game is decisive. Simply reach a cash target and then make and sell one last batch of wine. With many paths to get you there and negotiation skill a big key to your success, The Vine Game allows you to pit yourself against your opponents. We sincerely believe that there is room for one more game, a great game – The Vine Game!
Dad Will Love It
Dad’s are the hardest people to buy gifts for. Does he really need another tie? The deluxe wooden box and pieces exude quality so he’ll be chuffed that you thought of him so highly – even if he never plays it, LOL. If your Dad is, or was into board games, he will love it! And you can always borrow it to play it yourself.
More Nifty Game Features
How Prices Change
Another difference is a unique device we’ve called the “Price-O-Meter”. In any economy, prices are always changing. Not only that, prices also reflect the quality and quantity of goods in the market. The “Price-O-Meter” is a neat solution to achieve fluctuating prices and quantities that can shift the fortune and the strategic position of each player – and it looks great on the board as well!
The Price-O-Meter also shows two other numbers that help players negotiate when the are trading with each other. It helps new players get a handle on what their grapes are worth in the current market. Of course they can vary those guide prices up or down but the guide provides an excellent starting point. With experience and skill, different valuations based on relative position and options available to the player may emerge.
The Cellar Notes cards each include three wine knowledge/triva question of easy, moderate and expert levels of difficulty. It is amazing to watch how players jump at the chance of asking their opponent a Cellar Notes question. It deepens the wine theme and provides another facet to gaining success in the game.
Wine Tasting Option
We’ve also given some thought as to how you can include wine tasting as part of the game. The Vine Game is not a drinking game but including wine tasting of some previously untried varieties may be something that extends your enjoyment of the game. If you decide to go with it, great, but The Vine Game also plays perfectly well without it. If you include the tasting option always remember to drink responsibly.
Keep an eye on Kickstarter for our launch there.
The Vine Game team.