Lord of the Turnips: A Review of Village Pillage
Review for Village Pillage
- # of Players: 2-6
- Play Time: 15-20 mins
- Age: 10+
- Publisher: Jellybean Games
- Price Point: $19
You open the door slowly upon your stockpile of that most sought-after of commodities, the most valuable of prizes. No, not gold or gems, and definitely not any of that dirty oil. No, I am of course referring to the turnip. Yes, the turnip. Kingdoms are built upon this root vegetable. Well, your kingdom will be anyways. With these turnips, you will raise a mighty kingdom, an empire that will be remembered throughout the ages… Well, you will If those other pesky villages don’t get in your way.
Village pillage is a casual card game that pits 2-6 players against one another to see which one can amass enough turnips to purchase the 3 relics needed to elevate their humble village to the vaulted position of kingdom.
- Easy to learn and teach
- Fast paced
- The short play time will appeal to busy players
- No Downtime
- Very replayable
- Family Friendly
- The two-player variant is not nearly as enjoyable as the three or four-player variant.
Village Pillage is, at its core, a Rock Paper Scissors game mixed with a deck builder. At the start of the game players all have the same cards and the same resources. This quickly changes as players grow turnips, steal from opponents, and purchase new cards from the marketplace.
Each turn players secretly play two cards, one on the player to their left, and one on the player to their right. The effect the card has is dependent on what card your opponent plays against you.
There are four types of cards available in Village Pillage: Farmers, Walls, Raiders, and Merchants. Each card has a different effect depending on what kind of card it is played against. For instance, a Raider is often a great option for preventing your opponent from buying a relic and to shore up your stockpile of turnips, as long as it is played against either a Farmer or a Merchant. Play it against a wall, however, and you are likely to lose a turnip yourself. Farmer cards, on the other hand, are great for building your stockpile, as long as you don’t play them against a raider. As you buy more cards from the market more options become available.
I love the fact that the target of all the antics in Village Pillage is something as “inconsequential” as a turnip. Not only is the turnip traditionally considered a “commoner” or “plain folk” food, it is also not often considered a prerequisite for royalty. So it is ironic that the means by which you are trying to elevate your humble village to the status of kingdom is a lowly root vegetable. If you were trying to amass gold, gems, or some other valuable, the game would lose its playful quality and be the worse for it. Additionally, I feel the deckbuilding aspect of the game does a wonderful job of raising Village Pillage above its humble Rock Paper Scissors beginnings. The art is perfect for the tongue in cheek nature of the game, with a style reminiscent of Phil Foglio.
Village Pillage Plays well with 3-6 players and with easy to learn rules, fast play time, and a family-friendly nature this game is equally at home as a filler or a family night game. Village Pillage is truly worth its weight in turnips.