Winterhaven Woods is a 1-6 player strategic card drafting and set collection game that takes place over 3 rounds and typically takes 15-20 min. It features light player interaction each round, and customizable levels of "take that" mechanics.
In Winterhaven Woods, players are preparing the animals of the forest to endure the long winter months. They do so by planting trees to create woods, populating their woods with creatures, and using their predators to hunt creatures left exposed in player's meadows. Players may also use steal cards to swipe cards from their opponent's woods & meadow, however utilizing too many incurs a penalty.
Each round, players will draft cards, then plant & populate their woods, building it up over the course of the game. Player's may also collect predators in their meadow to hunt with, taking advantage of creatures not able to be populated by other players.
After three rounds players total their scores, bonuses and penalties, and the player with the most points wins!
—description from the designer
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There’s no doubt that Winterhaven Wood is an aesthetic treat, but the most pleasant surprises are in the nuanced decisions that spring up when it sprawls out...