Within the charming valley of Everdell, beneath the boughs of towering trees, among meandering streams and mossy hollows, a civilization of forest critters is thriving and expanding. From Everfrost to Bellsong, many a year have come and gone, but the time has come for new territories to be settled and new cities established. You will be the leader of a group of critters intent on just such a task. There are buildings to construct, lively characters to meet, events to host—you have a busy year ahead of yourself. Will the sun shine brightest on your city before the winter moon rises?

Everdell is a game of dynamic tableau building and worker placement.

On their turn a player can take one of three actions:

a) Place a Worker: Each player has a collection of Worker pieces. These are placed on the board locations, events, and on Destination cards. Workers perform various actions to further the development of a player’s tableau: gathering resources, drawing cards, and taking other special actions.

b) Play a Card: Each player is building and populating a city; a tableau of up to 15 Construction and Critter cards. There are five types of cards: Travelers, Production, Destination, Governance, and Prosperity. Cards generate resources (twigs, resin, pebbles, and berries), grant abilities, and ultimately score points. The interactions of the cards reveal numerous strategies and a near infinite variety of working cities.

c) Prepare for the next Season: Workers are returned to the players supply and new workers are added. The game is played from Winter through to the onset of the following winter, at which point the player with the city with the most points wins.

Designer: James A. Wilson
Publisher: Starling Games
Player numbers: 1-4
Recommended Age: 13+
Game Time: 40–80 Min

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Awards & Honours

2019 Origins Awards Best Board Game Nominee
2018 Golden Geek Board Game of the Year Nominee
2018 Golden Geek Best Board Game Artwork & Presentation Nominee
2018 Cardboard Republic Architect Laurel Winner
2018 Cardboard Republic Architect Laurel Nominee


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2 reviews for Everdell

  1. Rodney Franzoi

    Everdell is one of the most beautiful tableau / engine building games I have ever seen. The artwork is amazing. The token are fantastically made and the Evertree is just super cool! I mean it has a tree!
    Played over 4 seasons the game is fairly easy to learn and great fun to play. I would highly recommend having this game in your collection!

  2. Telina

    Beautiful game that people often ask to play. The cards are lovely to look at and the components are really tactile and nice to touch (the berries are squishy :D). This worker placement game has a tense feeling in the beginning where you feel like you don’t have enough workers but by the end you have too many options and have to decide between all that you can do to maximise your points. There’s a fair amount of strategy and luck in the drawing of cards which means players need to be flexible if they are going to do well

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