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Village Pillage (2019) is a simple card-battling game about protecting your village. You choose which characters to send into battles which resolve depending on each card's abilities. Unlike similar card battle games, things are kept streamlined both by the simple art and clear outcomes.

Once you have your cards and stock of Turnip currency, you each simultaneously play a card to battle each player to the left and right of you. Everyone turns up their cards together and deals out the effect in order (Farmers, Walls, Raiders, and Merchants). Farmers produce turnips, Walls block Raiders, Raiders steal turnips, and Merchants either add new cards to your hand or help you purchase one of the three relics you need to win.

As you play you work to win turnips and buy three relics. Each round you also gain knowledge of which cards the other players have. Because card effects may only work against certain types of other cards a strategy develops to out-manoeuvre them in rock-paper-scissors style. Should you focus on farming, defence, stealing or trading? Or maybe you just try and foil other players with characters that can Exhaust their cards and stop them from being played next turn.

The result is an approachable but highly tactical take-that game. You are progressing by attacking other players, but the focus is still on strategy rather than just brute force beating others at the table.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Village Pillage 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 11 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Push-Your-Luck and Sequencing game with Battle, Collecting and Communication elements. You can play with 2 to 5 players in the same room.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Learn to Play: This takes 20 minutes to learn. Understanding the importance of the order that cards resolve and how they interplay with each other can take a little while. Demonstrating these before playing can help.

Play Time: This game will take between 15 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.


This game is good if you want to:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

Content Rating

We rate this suitable for 3+ years-olds.


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.
There are additional expansions you can purchase:
  • Village Pillage: Expansion Pack (2019) - Play with 6 people by adding 3 relics and 4 new character types: Shepherd, Monk, Turncoat, Smuggler.
  • Village Pillage: Turf (2020) - Adds new characters with animals that affect the entire table and a new Provoke ability for characters.
  • Village Pillage: Surf (2020) - Adds easy-to-obtain Freebooter characters, who are handy but don't stick around. 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2019

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 2-5

Genres: Push-Your-Luck, Sequencing (Battle, Collecting and Communication)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: Cards and Tokens

Developer: Blue Beard Ent (@BlueBeardEnt)

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