In Botanists, players tend to a small area of land to grow flowers, which they then hope to sell. As botanists, each of the players has three small plots of land dedicated to growing the most popular flowers among their usual clients.
However, all players obtain the seeds to those flowers from the same supplier, and because not all flowers are equally popular, the supplier only sells the seeds in bundles, on top of that, other botanists might attempt to snatch certain seeds away from under your nose! Players take turns in acquiring flowers from the flower market. To do so, they may first move and then play a card that determines what “bundle” they are buying.
With each purchase, players will acquire seeds they are not looking for, so players are required to keep an eye out for open orders to make sure they make the best out of each turn.
Alternatively, players may choose to tend their marginal land (not so fertile), in which case they won’t be able to buy new seeds, but instead will be able to trigger a bonus action. In doing so however, players will end up with withered flowers, which will generate negative points at the end of the game.
At the end of their turn, players check the open orders and if they are able to fulfil any of them, they not only earn bonus points, but also get rid of potential negative points.
We LOVED playing it and the kids loved learning the new game too. It was fun for all the family and once you have learnt the rules it is super easy to follow and play.
If you love Carcassonne and Catan then you will love this game too as it is along the same lines and it requires the same level of board game skill and concentration.
Board Game Contents:
- 1 Main Board,
- 5 Unique Player Boards,
- 5 Player Pawns,
- 5 Score Counters,
- 145 Flower Tiles,
- 76 Market Cards,
- 82 Order Cards,
- 1 Cloth Bag
Number of players: 2 to 4 players
Recommended age: 10 + years
Rule Sheets in 3 languages (English, Portuguese, German), additionally French is available in PDF format.
This is available via the Red Knight Merchants of Fun company and they are full of information to help you get the best out of your gaming life.