Hacienda - General game info
Hacienda
2-5 players, 10 years and older
AuthorWolfgang Kramer
IllustratorMichael Menzel
Published byHans im Gl├╝ck
Rio Grande Games
Online since 2006-02-26
Developed byKay Wilke (Sparhawk)
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Yucata.de owns a license for the online version of this game. A big "thank you" to the copyright owners (publisher and/or author and illustrator) who make it possible to have this game for free online here!
Note: This online implementation uses slightly changed rules!
Hacienda - Rules

Goal

The players are estanzieros (large landowners) in Argentina. They acquire land and animals, build estanzias (haciendas), harvest and sell animals at market. The winner is the player who has most important estanziero at the end of the game; that is, who scores the most points. Players earn points for access to markets and water, for land chains and haciendas, and for money.

Contents

1 game board
It shows markets, pampas spaces, land spaces, and four water spaces. During the game, players place animal tiles on pampas spaces and land tiles on land spaces. Markets remain as is - nothing is placed on them. The scoring track runs around the edge of the game board. The game board has two sides: a symmetric map and an asymmetric map. The symmetric map has 11 markets and the asymmetric map has 10 markets. Each map requires a different strategy to give players extra options. All examples will use the symmetric map.

Adaptation for the online game: Several more maps are available.

80 land cards 14 each of mountain, forest, meadow, rocks, swamp; 10 pampas
       

 72 animal cards 18 each of cattle, horse, pig, sheep
     

80 hexagonal land tiles (two-sided with different player colors on each side)
 

18 water tiles in different shapes
9x  4x  3x  2x 

150 round animal tiles in 5 colors (30 of each player color, double-sided)
 

5 haciendas as scoring markers in 5 colors

 9 neutral haciendas

 8 harvest chips

72 money bills (pesos) 20x1, 16x2, 12x5, 10x10, 8x20, 6x50

5 rule summaries

1 rule booklet with rules for both maps (front and back).

Preparation

Game board: the players choose one side of the game board and place it in the middle of the table. We recommend player use the symmetrical map for their first game.

Each player takes 1 hacienda and 30 animal tiles of a color, 20 pesos starting capital, and 1 rule summary.
The players place their haciendas as scoring markers on the start space of the scoring track. The animal tiles have different animals pictured on the front and back sides.

Shuffle the 80 land cards. Each player takes 8 land cards as his starting hand. Place the remaining cards as a face down supply next to the board.
Draw 4 land cards from the land supply and place them face up next to the board.

Shuffle the 72 animal cards and randomly remove, without looking at them, several cards, depending on the number of players (see below), from the game.
Each player takes 4 animal cards, adding them to his hand. Draw 4 animal cards from the animal supply and place them face up next to the board.
Divide the remaining animal cards into two equal stacks. Place one stack face down next to the face up animal cards as a supply, the other stack is set aside for now.

Place all hexagonal land tiles as a supply next to the game board.

Place 4 water tiles (number 1 tiles) on the 4 water spaces on the game board.
Place all remaining water tiles next to the board as a supply.

Place the appropriate number (see below) of neutral haciendas and harvest chips as supplies next to the game board.

The players choose a player to manage the game money.

Preparation at a glance:

number of players 2 3 4 5
animal cards removed 30 20 10 0
haciendas next to the board 5 7 8 9
harvest chips next to the board all
water tiles on the map 1 each of on the 4 water spaces
water tiles next to the board all remaining
face up animal and land cards 4 of each
split animal stack into two halves
each player takes: 1 hacienda (score marker), 30 animal tiles, 8 land cards, 4 animal cards, 20 pesos, 1 rule summary

Playing the game

The players choose a starting player, and players take turns in clockwise order. On a player's turn, he takes up to 3 of the following actions in any order:

  • 1 object buy (land card, animal card, hacienda, water tile)
  • 1 card play (land card or animal card)
  • 1 harvest

1 object buy

player can buy from the bank:

1 land card from the supply

2 pesos
1 face up land card 3 pesos
1 animal card from the supply 2 pesos
1 face up animal card 3 pesos
1 hacienda 12 pesos
1 water tile 12 pesos

1 land card buy (several per turn)

The player pays the required amount to the bank and adds the card to his hand. He can play the card immediately, but this is another action! See 1 card play, below. When a player buys a face up land card, he immediately replaces it in the display by drawing a new land card from the supply. He could buy this just drawn card in a further action.

Adaptation for the online game: each player is limited to 20 land cards. If he has 20 land cards on his hand, he must play one before he can buy another one.

1 animal card buy (several per turn)

The player pays the required amount to the bank and adds the card to his hand. He can play the card immediately, but this is another action! See 1 card play, below. When a player buys a face up animal card, he immediately replaces it in the display by drawing a new animal card from the supply. He could buy this just drawn card in a further action.

Adaptation for the online game: each player is limited to 10 animal cards. If he has 10 animal cards on his hand, he must play one before he can buy another one.

1 hacienda buy (once per turn)

The player can buy only 1 hacienda per turn. The player pays 12 pesos to the bank, takes 1 hacienda (as long as there is 1 left in the supply) and places it immediately on any of his land tiles or animal tiles that does not already have a hacienda. When scoring, 1 hacienda earns a player 1 point for each land tile in the chain or each animal tile in the herd.

1 water tile buy (once per turn)

The player can buy only 1 water tile per turn. All water tiles, regardless of their size, cost 12 pesos. The player plays the 12 pesos to the bank, takes the water tile of his choice (as long as there are some in the supply), and places it on any empty pampas space, if it is a single water tile, or on several empty pampas spaces, if it is a larger water tile. During scoring, a water tile earns a player 1 point for each of his land tiles or animal tiles that are adjacent to the water tile.

Adaptation for the online game: If water tiles are touching each other, they become a large lake. Each land or animal tile neighbouring the lake is counted only once. Thus, in the online game, the water tiles might gain you slightly less points than in the board game.

1 card play

land card

When a player plays a land card, he takes a land tile of his color from the supply and places it on any empty land space on the map that matches the land type of the card played.
Note: the land tiles are two-sided with different player colors on each side.
When a player plays a pampas land card, he must play his land tile on a pampas space adjacent to one of his already placed land tiles.

Red plays a mountain land card and places one of his red land tiles on a mountain space on the map.

It can happen late in the game that a player plays a land card, but there are no empty land spaces of that type. In this case, the card is treated as a pampas land card. In such a case, for example, if a player plays a mountain land card and there are no empty mountain spaces, he must place his land tile on an empty pampas space adjacent to one of his already placed pampas tiles.

Red plays a pampas land card and places one of his land tiles on an empty pampas space next to one of his already placed land tiles.

After playing the land card and placing the tile, the player discards the land card.

Land chains: a land chain is made up of 2 or more land tiles of the same color that are connected to each other on the map. A chain of 3 or more tiles will earn the player points during scoring. Single land tiles and 2 tile chains do not earn players points during scoring.

Tip: players should try to create chains of 3 tiles or more.

animal card

When a player plays an animal card, he takes one of his animal tiles showing the same animal and places it on an empty pampas space on the map, adjacent to one of his land tiles or one of his animal tiles, showing the same animal. A herd (one or more connected animal tiles) can only be with animals of the same kind. However, different animal herds may be adjacent to each other. After playing the animal card and placing the tile, the player discards the animal card.

Your own and others herds can be next to your herds. The blue pig herd is next to the blue horse herd and also the red pig herd.

Note: the animal tiles have different animals on each side.
Tip: when placing animal tiles, players should plan to leave empty pampas spaces for water tiles to be played later.

market

When a player places an animal tile adjacent to a side of a market, the player earns money. If a player places several animal tiles adjacent to market sides in a turn, he earns more money. For each market side, the player earns money. The amount the player earns is calculated using the following formula:

number of animal tiles in the herd + number of land tiles = number of pesos

By "number of land tiles" it means all land tiles that are connected to any tile in the herd.

Blue plays 3 pig cards as his 3 actions and places 3 pig tiles as shown. He places the first pig next to his land tiles. He places the second next to the first and a market. He earns 5 pesos (3 land tiles + 2 animal tiles = 5) for reaching the market. He places the third next to the second and another side of the market, earning another 6 pesos (3 land tiles + 3 animal tiles = 6).

Red places pig #1 next to the market. He, thereby two separate pig herds together and adds a market side. For the 6 tile herd and the 5 connected land tiles (2 above and 3 below), he earns 11 pesos.

Note: each side of a market may only be scored once. Thus, when a player increases a herd, but does not reach a new market side, he earns no money.
Note: when a player reaches a market side with a herd, even if with just 1 tile, he scores and closes this side for further payments.
Tip: players should try to reach as many markets as possible with their herds.

1 harvest (once per turn)

A player can earn money in two ways. Either he brings a herd to market (see above) or he places a harvest chip. To place a harvest chip, the player takes a chip from the supply and places it on any land tile of one of his land chains, if the chain has no other harvest chip. Then, the player gets money from the bank using the following formula:

number of land tiles in the chain times 3 pesos.

Example: 7 land tiles x 3 pesos = 21 pesos.

If there are no harvest chips in the supply, a player can still harvest. He takes any harvest chip from one of his opponent's chains and places it on his chain, earning money in the normal way. In this way, a land chain may earn money more than once.

Scoring

animal card supply exhausted

When the last card of the animal supply is bought or used to replace one that is bought, the second stack is activated and becomes the new animal supply. At the end of this round, after the last player has completed his turn, the game flow is interrupted for the interim scoring. When the animal supply is again exhausted, the players finish that round and then end the game with the final scoring.

Both interim and final scoring run the same way. The players score points first for markets, then for land chains, then haciendas, then water, and, finally, for the money that each player has. The players record their points as they are scored by moving their scoring markers on the scoring track. To speed the process, players should use the rule summaries.

points for connected markets

Players earn points for each market they are connected to. It does not matter how many herds are connected to a market or how many market sides are connected - only the number of markets connected. Players earn the points in clockwise order using the following table:

number of connected markets 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
points 1 3 6 10 15 21 28 36 45 55 66

Example: a player whose herds connect to 7 markets earns 28 points.

points for land chains

Award each player his points in clockwise order. Add up all land tiles that the player has in chains of at least 3 land tiles in length. Single land tiles and 2 tile chains are not counted! The points are scored using the following formula:

number of land tiles times 2 points.

Example: a player has a 7 tile chain and two 3 tile chains. He also has a 2 tile chain and 3 single tiles, but these are not counted.
Thus, he scores 7 + 3 + 3 = 13 x 2 = 26 points.

points for haciendas

Award each player his points in clockwise order. Sum all the land tiles that belong to chains with haciendas and all the animal tiles in herds with haciendas. The points are scored using the following formula:

number of land tiles times 1 point.

Note: if a land chain has more than one hacienda, it only counts once.

Example: a player has 2 haciendas; one stands on a land chain of 7 land tiles and the other stands on a herd of 6 animals. Thus, he earns 7 + 6 = 13 points.

points for water tiles

Players score each water tile separately. For each land tile and animal tile that is adjacent to a water tile, the owner of the land or animal tile earns 1 point, regardless of whether the water tile was placed on the board at the beginning of the game or was placed later. After a water tile has been scored, turn it over. After the interim scoring, turn these all water-side up again.

points for money

Each player counts his money. For each full 10 pesos,

Example: at game end, a player has 28 pesos. Thus, he scores 2 points.

Example for scoring

scoring for red in detail

markets: red has connected to 5 markets. He has only failed to reach the market in the upper center. He earns 15 points.

land chains: red has a 4 tile chain upper right and a 3 tile chain lower left. The sum of 7 land tiles scores red 14 points. The 2 tile chain upper left does not score.

haciendas: red has a hacienda on a 6 tile pig herd. He earns 6 points.

water tiles: the 1 space water tile on the left earns red 4 points, the 2 space water tile under that earns red 6 points. The 3 space water tile in the middle earns red 1 point, and the 1 space water tile on the right earns red 6 points. The animals between two water tiles earn points for both water tiles.

The two pigs in the middle earn 1 point for each of the water tiles they touch. Thus, they earn a total of 4 points.

money: red has 12 pesos. This earns him 1 point.

player red blue
connected markets 5 15 points 4 10 points
land chains 7 (3+4) 14 points 10 (7+3) 20 points
haciendas 6 6 points 7+4 11 points
water tiles  4+6+1+6 17 points 7+4 11 points
money 12 pesos 1 points 8 pesos 0 points
total   53 points   52 points

Game end

The game ends after the final scoring. The player with the most points is the winner. If players tie with the most, the player among them with the most money is the winner.

 
 
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