A Few Acres of Snow

Designer Martin Wallace

Artwork Peter Dennis

Theme:  A war fought at the edge of two mighty empires.  For over one hundred and fifty years Britain and France were locked in a struggle for domination of North America.  Thousands of miles from their homes, settlers and soldiers were faced with impenetrable forests, unpredictable American tribes, and formidable distances. Despite these obstacles they were able to engage in bitter warfare, with the British ultimately taking the prize of Quebec. "A Few Acres of Snow" is a two player game that recreates this contest.

Game Information

  • Play Time: 60-90 Minutes
  • Player Count:  2
  • Ages: 14+
  • Complexity of Rules:  Medium
  • Setup Time:  Medium/Low
  • Replay Value: Medium
  • Direct Conflict: High

How It Plays

  • Game Mechanics:  This is a card drafting war game.   Players start with a small deck of starter cards and established positions on the game board.  As new towns are settled on the map, that town's card is added to the player's deck for future play.  Empire cards from a common supply can also be drafted by paying their cost.  The cards are used for many actions including trading, traveling, and besieging the other players settlements.
  • Turn Summary:
    1. Take 2 of the following actions:
      • Settlement actions - including settling, developing and fortifying a location
      • Aggressive actions - besiege, raid or ambush
      • Financial actions - acquire money or trade
      • Card management actions - discard, draft or reserve cards for future play
  • End Game:  Game ends if one of three key cities is captured or when a player has placed all of their town or village markers on the board or if one player has captured 12 points of villages (2 points) and towns (4 points) from the other player.
  • Victory:  The player with the most victory points acquired from controlled settlements and captured enemy settlement markers wins.



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Publisher: Treefrog Games

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