The Garden Gnomes Society
A bucolic card game by Roman Mathar for 2-6 player aged 12 and up
playing time: ca. 60 minutes
Illustrated by Georg von Westfalen
The president of the garden gnome breeders society Golden Cap has passed on,
and now the hunt for a worthy successor is on. The highly coveted presidency will go
to the first society member who succeeds at breeding a gnome with a golden cap or
buying one for 4000 Petals. To this end, the society members busily bid on gnomes for
breeding, send them to beauty contests or of course to work in the garden.
Who will be the first to breed a golden-capped gnome?
Each game round starts with an event card that is drawn and read aloud by the treasurer
(start player). After that event, the players decide on the occupations for their
gnomes. They might try to find a breeding mate for their little bearded friend, offer
him as a mate, send him to a competition, sell him or let him do the garden work. Once
all gnomes are occupied somewhere, gnomes that got a mate will breed. The value of the
new gnome is decided by the parent with the higher pedigree (as marked by the colour of
his cap) and Mother Nature, whose intervention comes in the form of Breeding Cards.
If the new gnome should turn out to have a grey cap, the luckless breeder has a lazy
gnome on his hands too lazy even to breed. Gnomes with a brown cap are a little
better, but still less valuable than orange-capped gnomes, which in turn are outclassed
by gnomes with red, blue and green caps.
Beyond that, the vaunted golden-capped gnome beckons, spurring the efforts of garden
gnome breeders everywhere. If you do not want to depend on breeders luck, wise
bidding and some lucrative wins at gnome beauty contests might also pave your way to
the presidency of the Garden Gnomes Society.
Apart from the event cards and rule summary cards, of which english translations are
available here, The Garden Gnomes Society is
completely language independent.
45 Breeding Cards
18 Event Cards
5 Competition Cards
6 Summary Cards
6 Shack Cards
48 Bid Chips
1 Block of Petals (Money)
© Argentum Verlag Köln, 2004