Game Design: Haakon Hoel Gaarder
Artwork: Haakon Hoel Gaarder
Players: 1-5
Estimated play time: 30-60 minutes
Suitable for ages: 10+
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Sinister Fish store status: in stock
Retail store status: reprint due December 2019

Base game contents


You are the founder of a new village during the middle ages, in the years after a great plague. The loss of so many people has created big problems for the survivors. Many of the people the villagers used to depend on for essential things like food, shelter and clothes are gone. Craftsmen find themselves without suppliers of raw materials, traders have lost their customers and many have lost their farms and workshops as they escaped the plague.

The roads are full of refugees seeking a new beginning. They come to you, hoping to settle down on your land and make a living. Your grain farm is the ideal starting point for a village, reliably providing food for many people. You must choose wisely who you allow to settle with you, as your food and resources are limited.

The people on the road have valuable and unique skills, but they all in turn rely on other people with very specific crafts to be able to work. Raw materials, tools and services must be provided by other people from the road.

If you manage to find people that can work together to make a profit, while increasing your food surplus and capacity for building new houses, your village will be prosperous.

The game comes with a solo mode where a lone village strives to prosper in spite of the dreaded Countess and her evil machinations.


Official Rules Video

Rodney Smith does a grand job of teaching Villagers.


Rahdo’s final thoughts on Villagers. See his YouTube channel for playthrough videos.
Villagers in approximately 3 minutes!
Villagers reviewed by Tom Vasel on the Dice Tower network.
Anthony & Francis from Ant Lab Games play through an entire game of Villagers and share their thoughts.


1. The two Bed Builder cards in the first edition base game should have a green padlock icon in the top left corner.

2. The 3-5 player side of the “End of Draft Phase” card has four numbered steps, which incorrectly count 1, 2, 4, 5. The four steps should be numbered 1-4.

3. There is some missing text on the Priest card. Underneath the silver scoring formula it should read “3 GOLD FOR EVERY 2 SOLITARY SYMBOLS”.

4. The small padlock on the Priest card should be brown, not green.

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