Morels, A Two-Player Game

Morels | Savvy Game Night

We own a handful of games designed exclusively for two people. For the most part, we tend towards games that can be played by just the two of us OR us + friends, just to give our game cart a bit more flexibility. But after test-playing Morels at The Enchanted Badger a few times, I knew we needed to add it to our collection. In fact, it is such a great game that Dan got two copies for Christmas – one from me and one from our friends Megan and Matt!

Morels has been our go-to game lately. It is easy to set up and quick to play (even quicker than Ticket to Ride, once you know how to play). There is a little strategy involved, but just to a small extent.  Since you can’t fully anticipate what moves your opponent is going to make, you can’t do too much planning and counting to figure out which cards will come up on your turn.

Morels on Savvy Game Night

If you’re looking for a great two-player game, I highly recommend Morels. It is a great weeknight game!

Mechanism:

There are two decks of cards: the daytime cards and the night cards. There are far fewer night cards, but they are more powerful.

At all times, eight day cards are laid out in a row between the players. On your turn, you can choose to:

  1. Take a new card. The two cards in the line furthest from the deck are “free,” while the others cost 1 or more foraging sticks.
  2. Sell 2 or more matching mushrooms to gain foraging sticks.
  3. Cook 3 or more matching mushrooms for points.
  4. Play a pan card. This essentially only happens if you are close to your hand limit or don’t want any of the available cards.

The game is over when there are no daytime cards left. Add up your points!

Number of Players:

2 only.

Set Up Time:

Nearly none. Just separate the night and day cards and shuffle. Deal 3 daytime cards to each player, and you’re ready to play!

Play Time for New Players:

45 minutes – 1 hour.

Play Time for Experienced Players:

30 – 40 minutes.

Age Range:

8+

Overall Rating for Morels: 9/10

Morels - How Scoring Works | Savvy Game Night

Scoring example: The score on the plays above would be: (3 Lawyer’s Wigs x 2 points each) + (4 Shiitakes x 2 points each) + 3 extra points for the butter = 17 points.

 

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