Quite a Year for Plums and Other Fruit with Orchard
Enjoy the bright and colorful fruit harvest of apples, pears, and plums in Orchard: A 9 Card Solitaire Game.
After nearly a month of playing the same solo board game, I was ready to change things up! Actually, it seemed like the perfect time to have fun with some quicker, lighter games. Enter Orchard: A 9 Card Solitaire Game! I completed 100 plays earlier in the year. Clearly, I needed to get moving on reaching another milestone with all this fruit!
If it isn’t clear, my lighting seems to be a million times better. Thank goodness for the ability to rotate my game table! These dice looked even more delicious than usual.
There isn’t anything complex with the mechanics… And that’s the secret to why I love this game so much!
A Sneaky Visitor
Stacking fruit of the same type slowly increases the values of the corresponding dice. It’s very simple, but the decisions are rarely easy. Where to place this card?!
Normally, rotten fruit is an atrocious element that should be avoided at every cost. But look at that worm.
I didn’t feel too bad about having things go a little poorly with this orchard. I still netted more points from that decision. Cute worms are just so tricky!
My initial attempts weren’t anything amazing. Yet this is a perfectly lightweight challenge. Losses never bother me!
Pretty, Pretty Dice
With this new version, the rules include the ability to turn a 6 into a 10 for the maximum harvest. I’m still playing with the old rules as I strive for 55+ points, though.
These dice are always so cheery! The rotten fruit worms are cute, yet they have nothing on these bright cubes.
I started to see some useful patterns to maximize a few dice values, but I was still all over the place. These cards were designed very meticulously and it shows.
Although the experience is on the lighter side, a decent amount of concentration is required for the best orchards!
Play Number: 101-104
Solo Mode: Designed for Solo (Included in the Base Game)
Required Play Space: 10″ x 10″
Setup Time: Almost None
Play Time: 10 Minutes per Play
Outcome: 29, 37, 31, and 36 (4 Losses)
Nothing noteworthy this time around, although my scores stayed consistent. It may take me a while to actually reach the threshold for my goal… And that’s OK! I really love this little game, even if it’s not on my table all the time. It’s like an old friend: Always there, no matter what.
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Quite a Year for Plums
With warmer weather finally sticking around for more than a day, I finally had a chance to start reading outside! Quite a Year for Plums is my favorite book of all time.
This seemed like the perfect pairing! Alas, my attempts today did not indicate a good year for the plums. Ha!
I’ve read at least part of this book every summer for the past 15 years. I know most chapters by heart, and I have some of my favorite lines memorized.
Here’s a non-spoiler: Nothing happens! It’s just a silly, down-to-earth book about regular, imperfect people.
Off to the Harvest
My most important lesson of the day? That my seaweed sun hat is the most obstinate prop ever! This thing clearly didn’t attend inanimate object modeling school. Ha ha!
Perhaps a little time out in the sun will grant me a little more luck in regards to my plums. And don’t forget those apples and pears! I don’t think I have matching books…
It really is amazing how an improvement in lighting can make everything seem so much cheerier.
I’m feeling great about my game table and all the fun that’s still to come. Now to plan what to play next!
Continue the Conversation
What’s your high score in Orchard: A 9 Card Solitaire Game? As of this moment, my personal best is 50 points. Not far from my goal! Do you enjoy any other deceptively lightweight games? I’m always pleasantly surprised when I get this to the table. The rules are so simple, but the thought process is interesting even after 100+ plays! Quite awesome.