We’ve been so fortunate to receive another cool game to review from Chara Games. You might remember our fun with Chara Games‘ Commissioned, earlier this fall (you can see our Commissioned review here). This time, we were introduced to and played 3 Seeds, and I’m excited to share our experiences with you!
What is Chara Games?
Chara Games was created by Patrick and Katherine Lysaght back in 2014. Their goal is to provide amazing Christian gaming opportunities for families, with tabletop games. The name of the company, chara, comes from Biblical Greek and means “unshakeable joy.” Just the emotion we want to create with our families in not only our daily lives together, but our fun times and activities!
Our first experience with Chara Games was with Commissioned, the tabletop board game focused on the growth, trials, tribulations and joys of the early Christian church. We were so impressed with our Commissioned gaming experiences, and couldn’t wait to try out 3 Seeds. Although the games are extremely different (a board game vs. a card game), our experiences were equally as amazing!
What is 3 Seeds?
3 Seeds is a quick, fun card game for 2-5 players, ages 12 and up. It takes about 30 or 45 minutes to complete a game. In 3 Seeds, each player starts with a different crop card (Resilient Raspberries, Attentive Avocados, Limber Lettuce, and so on), drawn from the Crop deck. Each player has a color-coded 3 Seeds pack (with a matching color game cube playing piece), which contains cards that are played on the crop card, in the categories of Time, Money, and Labor. Each crop, in order to be harvested, requires a certain number of these cards played upon it (by any of the players). Event cards can be played on the crops with a number of outcomes on them, such as Harvest Bonus, Time Bonus, Wild Seed, Crop Swap, etc. Harvest cards are applied when crops are completed, and add a point value to the players’ crops. Points are tallied on the numbered scorecard, and each player moves his colored cube (matching that player’s 3 Seeds cards) along as crops complete. The game is finished when all crops are scored and the Crop stack is empty. Total points are added up for each player and added to their totals, and the winner has the highest overall score.
How we played 3 Seeds
We’re a 3-person family, so we followed the instructions for 2-3 players (removing the Crop cards with a 4 in the corner). We played at our dining room table. There is plenty of room on a tabletop (or even an ottoman) for game play. My husband, 14-year-old son and I played together. The first time we played, we kept out the instruction booklet and referred to it off and on, but we got the hang of the game really quickly. The person-to-person play moves quickly, and it’s exciting to watch what we play ourselves and what the other players do. Each player tries to complete his own crops, but helps the other players complete their own (which everyone then receives point value for). The Event cards and the Harvest cards add extra excitement and intrigue to play.
My husband LOVED it. He particularly loved adding up the point values when crops were completed. He says, “I liked the mathematical aspects of it. And, it was fun and easy to play.” My son enjoyed it too. When we played it the first time, he loved it immediately. Later on, as a matter of fact, one night when our choice of family activity was either a favorite movie or something else, he said, “Let’s play 3 Seeds!”
I’m the gardener in the family. So the game’s subject matter (planting and harvesting a crop, along with everything that goes into that) is automatically interesting to me. I love the silly aspects of the plant names and descriptions. I love that it’s easy for everyone to play. While it does have a competitive element, it’s also very cooperative. I found that it was a wonderful way for us to hang out together, compete in a gentle way, and master a new family favorite!
In this day and age, sometimes families with full schedules have to really be purposeful about spending quality time together in non-electronic or non-techy ways. Of course movie nights are fun (and we are a family that really loves movies), but if your goal is to have fun while the family is really interacting, board and card games are a fabulous way to go.
And Chara Games has provided the perfect vehicles for family fun, with both 3 Seeds and Commissioned. The games are very different, yet both are quite incredible. We both admire and fully support (and recommend!) Chara Games, and we’ll be avidly watching for any and all games they produce in the future, while continuing to enjoy the ones we have!
Where to find and purchase 3 Seeds
If you’re an Amazon shopper, you’ll be thrilled! Chara Games is selling 3 Seeds there, and you even have time to get it before Christmas! Just click on Amazon 3 Seeds and you’ll go right to the game page. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer OR family gift!
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