You play as the leader of a band of creatures aiming to create the most successful civilisation in the woods of Everdell over one year of forest life. You place your limited number of Worker figures, to gather resources and take actions. These resources enable you to buy Building cards, which in turn allow you to add Creatures cards to your kingdom. As you build your Kingdom deck, you score victory points for each card that you add, but you also unlock extra abilities, which give you more actions and more resources on later turns.
As you play, resources become more limited, space on the board gets taken up and you run out of Worker figures to place. When you get to this point, you have to move on to the next season to release your workers and gain more actions. What's interesting is that players don't move through the four seasons at the same pace. Rush ahead too fast and you might leave a player gaining victory points unopposed at the end, take too long and the game ends before you've completed your plans.
What starts as a resource generation game, quickly becomes a tactical battle set over a thousand small decisions. As you buy and deploy the cards, you begin to build your kingdom adding buildings and creatures, which give you more money and more power. After a while, you begin to feel like the ruler of your own woodland kingdom, where every decision that you make is important.
Our examiner, Rob Prior, first checked Everdell 20 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 12 months ago.
The first time you play it's worth trying the following:
- Play with one or two other players to keep the game short.
- Don't try to understand all the cards at once, just go with your instincts at first.
- Remember it isn't a race to the finish, so try to use up all your actions before moving to the next season.
Play Time: This game will take between 40 minutes and 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete.
This game is good if you want to:
10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to have lots of patience, this is a long game with a lot of rules. They need to be able to make a lot of decisions and hold a lot of information at once.
Content RatingWe rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.
There are a number of expansion packs for this game, including:
- Everdell: Mistwood (2022) adds a villain who fights for control of Everdell.
- Everdell: Newleaf (2022) adds a Train Station board that brings new characters and actions to the game.
- Everdell: Spirecrest (2020) adds Weather Cards, Discovery Cards and Animal Helper figures.
- Everdell: Bellfaire (2019) adds components for 5-6 players and new cards.
- Everdell: Pearlbrook (2019) adds a River board and Frog Ambassador figure.