Verdant is a beautiful strategy board game for 1-5 players that plays in 30-45 minutes.
In Verdant, you take on the role of a houseplant enthusiast trying to create the coziest space by collecting and arranging houseplants and other objects within your home. In this multi-layered spatial puzzle, you must position your plants so that they receive the most suitable light conditions and take care of them using various nurture actions to create the most verdant collection!
Verdant features over 50 unique plants for players to collect and care for, each with accurate individual attributes, facts about the plants, and stunning artwork!
Verdant comes with a variety of end game scoring goal cards allowing you to mix and match new challenges each and every time you play! There are hundreds of unique game setups to explore! Create a beautiful tableau of plants, pets and furnishings as you compete to curate the coziest home!
The game is designed by Molly Johnson, Aaron Mesburne, Robert Melvin, Kevin Russ, and Shawn Stankewich – designers of titles such as Point Salad, Dollars to Donuts, Calico, and Overboss. It is developed and directed by the team behind Calico and Cascadia, along with new team member Joseph Z. Chen, designer and publisher of Fantastic Factories. The graphic design is by Dylan Mangini and artwork by Beth Sobel who have each designed and illustrated countless gorgeous board games.
Kickstarter backers of Verdant receive a set of 16 Promo Cards FREE! With the addition of these cards, players will have new ways to play with the Potless Plants mini-expansion which adds completely new gameplay elements, as well as additional goal cards adding hundreds of new combinations of puzzles to the mix!
These promo cards are a special THANK YOU to all backers for being early supporters, and will not be included with standard retail copies of the game!
Verdant can be played solo! The solo mode elegantly simulates a 2-player game experience by turning the token and card drafting into a shifting market. Players must make difficult decisions about which cards and tokens to take, as each turn brings changes to what is available. Players must also strategically set up for future turns as Green Thumb Token bonuses cascade through the market, but will be eliminated if too many accumulate on a single card. The solo mode is a quick and relaxing experience that is simple to learn, and does not require the upkeep of an AI player, while still offering interesting puzzly choices and challenging thresholds to overcome! If you enjoyed the solo modes in Calico and Cascadia, you will feel right at home with Verdant!
Gavin McGruddy of MyAutoma is working on a great browser-based demo of the Verdant Solo Mode, so that you can try it out for yourself! This demo will let you play with a small selection of the Plant Cards available in the final game. Challenge your friends to see who can get the highest score!
Verdant also has a Family Variant! If you are playing with children, those new to gaming, or you just want to make the puzzle and rules a little simpler, you can play with the included Family Variant rules. These adjusted rules streamline the game so that anyone can get in on the action!
With this range of gameplay modes, Verdant can be tuned to offer different game experiences to different players, depending on experience level and preferences!
Verdant provides a fantastic mix of approachable gameplay with strategic depth. It is a natural follow-up to our wildly successful first publications Cascadia and Calico! We wanted to provide fans of gorgeous puzzly games another easy-to-teach, yet challenging-to-master game. Our collaborative team has worked hard to make Verdant an accessible and exciting game for a range of audiences.
While Verdant can be a fun gateway experience for new gamers, it provides more experienced players with variable goals, tension of managing plant care with spatial arrangement, and a great mix of long-term strategy and short-term tactics. This makes the challenge and reward of each new puzzle extremely satisfying! We are very proud of the gameplay and quality of the product.
We know that gamers love sharing the hobby with their friends and family and Verdant is the perfect game to do just that!
The members of our team have years of experience working on a number of successful projects, from Point Salad, to Fantastic Factories, to Overboss! What we think these games all have in common is their attention to detail and focus on great gameplay and amazing production quality.
Last year, after we successfully fulfilled Calico, 9,153 backers joined us on a journey that made Cascadia possible. Since then, both games have received various accolades – from being some of the most anticipated games, to praise from countless reviewers.
Calico even won the American Tabletop Award for best Strategy Game of 2021!
Since this our third published game, we hope that we will be able to get it into broader distribution. However, as with our previous campaigns, we offer our backers the best possible value for purchasing the game. Kickstarter is your first and best opportunity to bring Verdant home! The Kickstarter Edition comes with free promo cards that will not be part of any standard retail editions, even if the game does make it into distribution.
Our philosophy is that our backers are major contributors to our passion and our business. We do not take this lightly, and we know that there is always risk in backing a crowdfunding campaign. Because of this, we want to make sure that our backers get the best possible experience and we show our appreciation for their early support. We encourage you to peruse the comment sections of this and our past projects. We pride ourselves on being open, transparent, and responsive creators. The pledge levels you are backing this project at are set to give you the greatest possible value, as well as subsidizing shipping, as our way of saying thank you for your support. You are all vital to the success of the game – we can’t do this without all of you, and we appreciate that!
We look forward to chatting with you all about the process and the game overall. We commit to being focused on you and anything we can do to improve the backer experience!
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