Horticulture Master 園藝大師 Strategy Tips with Jason Lin (with ENG CC)

Hi Everyone, welcome back to Show Me How to Win We are visiting Taiwan and we are in
Taichung city Next to me is Jason, he is the chief editor
at Mozi Games They are famous for their family games that
can be enjoyed by both adults and children they are bringing two games to Essen 2018
this year and we are checking out Horticulture Master
It’s a beautiful game and Jason can you tell me a little bit about
the story behind Horticulture Master (Translated) We try to incorporate elements
from nature into this game. A horticulturist must bring in inspirations
from mother nature and beautify our lives. If you want to become a horticultural master,
you must build a beautiful and lively garden and attract all kinds of animals to visit. So cool, yeah you have beautiful drawings here, you have cute little animals and this is our master of horticulture so
when you win you will get this little animal Alright, so to play this game, Jason told me a little bit about the mechanics on your turn, players can either draft cards
or build tiles the maximum hand limit is 5
on your turn you can either take one resource, for example this yellow card right here or
two of the same color resource that are adjacent to each other
Some of the resources are basic resources so you can go ahead and draft them
some of the resources actually have requirements so if I want to take these two purple cards,
I must have two yellow cards in my hand to exchange for them
and there are also wild cards that are these green cards
and there are some fire cards and ice cards Jason is gonna tell us about them later
I can also exchange my cards for tiles which are where the points are at
the game ends when our gardens are built In order to build these tiles, I must exchange
for the required resources so for example, this tile requires one blue,
two green, and a watering can so for me to build that I can actually flip some of my
tiles to build these I might lose points I might not, and if I don’t
have the required tools I can either borrow from my opponents but I must pay them a wild
card so that is the basic mechanic
Jason, can you tell me a little bit about the fire and ice cards? How do they work? (Translated) Fire and Ice are two important
elements from nature. If players leave the fire cards on the board,
they will burn off the cards below it, leaving room and allow new opportunities to come in. Ice cards would freeze the earth so nothing
can grow. Areas around any ice cards would not be replenished
with new cards until someone removes the ice card Ah, so sounds like I can utilize the fire and
ice card to mess with my opponents because it has to do with how the cards are replenished,
right? Yes
Okay, so Jason, give me some tips on how to win at Horticulture Master. (Translated) In this game, players must manage
the spaces on their boards and the garden tiles. One can turn in cards as well as existing
tiles in exchange for resources when building new larger tiles. You just turn them over and remove them from
your board for the resources. Also, every set of three fire or ice cards
can be set aside as a wild resources. They don’t count towards your hand limit. If you don’t have specific tool cards, you
may borrow someone else’s tool by paying them a green wild card. Tiles that were exchanged for resources still
give you some points, so don’t be afraid to turn these tiles over and make room for bigger tiles. Okay so sounds like the fire and ice cards
and also the tool cards are very important, how many copies of the fire and ice are in
the game? (Translated) How many fire or ice cards are
in the game? There are 7 fire cards and ice cards in the
game. You need a set of 3 cards to active its effect. Be sure to count how many your opponents have
collected when trying to collect these. How many tools cards are in each deck? (Translated) How many tool cards are there? There are 2 copies for each different tool. If you can’t grab to tools at the beginning
of the game, just collect the green wild cards so you can borrow the tools from your opponents later. Okay…to summarize, to control the tools and
if you have the chance to grab the fire and ice cards are good ways to go
but if you can’t make sure you get the wild cards when you have a chance
also to turn your small points tiles into larger tiles are good ways to go because you
only have so many areas to build your garden so in order to make this little garden have
the most point that you can you must turn some garden (tiles) over so that you
can get more points at the end Alright, thank you so much Jason for showing
me how to win at Horticulture Master. This game is beautiful. It has really really beautiful art cute animals
and these animals are actually a variant that you can add to your game after you played
a few rounds they are one point each, and you place the
animal on one of the stacks and if you are the first person to build it, you will get
the bonus point. That is a variant but just another way to
make the game a little bit more interesting Looking forward to trying this one out at
Essen. Thank you so much for watching.


  1. This game is very beautiful, but not only! I bought it during Essen '18 just because I loved the design and the name, and I don't regret it now I have played few games.

    The base mechanics are not very original, but the details make it interesting. The effect of the fire & snow cards on the refill mechanics, the bonus brought by the tools and some tiles, the mechanic of removing tiles from our garden to plant bigger ones…

    And I love some useless (thus essential) details like the fact that the discard pile is called "compost", or the fact that you have some tiles with a unique design that differ from the others… just for fun, because game-wise, they are similar to the others.

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