AoC – Age of Champagne

As a young cellar master, you just inherited the family winery. Now it’s up to you to prove that you’re capable of managing the winery, and produce the best wines of Champagne to become the cellar master of the decade!

1-4 players, ages 14+
Playing time: 30-120 minutes
Designers: Cyrille Lefranc, Christophe Pouey & Franck Rubarbe
Artwork: Cyrille Lefranc

Website: https://www.ageofchampagne.fr/
Check the campaign on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ageofchampagne/age-of-champagne-aoc

🔸 In Age of Champagne, players will be sending their collaborators to the various worker spots on the main board to perform actions.
🔸 Over the course of 10 game rounds, these collaborators will help you expand your vineyard and make investments to improve your wine press and install new wineries.
🔸 When the time is right, you can use them to run marketing campaigns that will raise the status of your produced wines, so that they will earn more points when you sell the cuvees from your cellar.
🔸 At the end of each round, you’ll be able to prepare for the next year by transforming wines from your winery to cuvees stored in your cellar, and harvest ripe grapes depending on the capacity of your wine press and wineries.

🥂 The majority of your points will be scored by selling cuvees to fulfill orders. At the end of the game, players receive additional points for vineyard majorities and diversification, and for how well they performed on the eco-responsibility report; this mainly depends on your used ways for shipping cuvees during the game.

💬 Age of Champagne is a medium weight worker placement game that includes resource management and set collection. The game feels very tight with only 3 available workers each round, so you have to prioritize stuff and won’t be able to do everything you want!
💭 The theme is really well implemented, and the mechanisms let you get a good feel for the time that passes before your grapes and wines ripen. Keeping in mind you’ll only produce cuvees and harvest ripe grapes at the end of each round, planning ahead is an important factor.

If you enjoy playing eurogames with an original theme, I can highly recommend you to check this one out!

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