Tuscany Expansion

Tuscany Essential Edition

Jamey Stegmaier & Alan Stone

This expansion to Viticulture includes the extended board, special workers, and structure cards.

1-6 players | Ages 13 & Up

25 minutes per player | $30 MSRP

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Tuscany Essential Edition (rulebook) features 3 expansions to Viticulture Essential:

  • 1 extended board (matte, double-sided) and 36 wooden stars
  • 6 structure mats and 36 structure cards (44 x 67 mm)
  • 11 special worker cards (63 x 88 mm) and 2 special worker meeples per player (plus 2 generic)

Pre-ordered copies include 9 new special worker promo cards (63 x 88 mm) that are available from Meeplesource.

FAQ

Removed Expansions: Which expansions were removed from the original version of Tuscany and why?

The clickable graphic in the sidebar shows in yellow and red the expansions that were removed from Tuscany. Some of them are now found in the Viticulture Essential Edition, while others are going out of print.

We’re cutting the expansions in red (and, not shown on the box, the structure crossover bonus pack) because they’re not essential to the Tuscany expansion experience, and including them would double the price of Tuscany Essential. You can still buy a limited number of some of the non-essential expansions here while supplies last. We have no plans to reprint those expansions.

Rules: Are there any rule changes between Tuscany and Tuscany Essential?

The only overarching change is that Tuscany Essential is intended to be combined with Viticulture all at once (or as modules to pick and choose), while the original Tuscany expansions unlocked one by one. If you have Tuscany, you already have everything (plus a lot of other stuff) that is in Tuscany Essential.

The only component change from Tuscany to Tuscany Essential is the new extended board is matte instead of glossy.

Also, the Tuscany Essential rulebook now lists an official variant (recommended for 2-player games) in which the influence map on the game board does not contribute to end-game scoring.

Other questions about the original Tuscany are answered here, and various versions of the original rulebook are here. Reviews of the original Tuscany are here, and a gallery of images is here. There’s a list of videos about the original Tuscany here, and the BoardGameGeek link is here.

Compatibility: Is Tuscany Essential compatible with any edition of Viticulture?

Viticulture Essential is recommended for use with Tuscany Essential, but older versions of Viticulture will work fine too. There is no overlap between Viticulture Essential and Tuscany Essential. The Viticulture Essential Upgrade Pack is a cost-effective way to upgrade your second-edition copy of Viticulture to an Essential Edition.

Meeples: Why doesn’t Tuscany Essential include all of the original special worker meeples?

As we budgeted for the Tuscany Essential Edition, we realized just how expensive 66 large, silkscreen printed, custom wooden meeples are. Including them would have increased the MSRP of Tuscany Essential to $50, which is too expensive.

The gameplay of the special workers expansion is exactly the same, as there are still 11 special worker cards. It’s just that there are only 2 types of meeples to represent those abilities. There are 2 in each color (one man [former Farmer] and one woman [former Innkeeper]), as well as 1 of each in grey. The 2 grey workers will be assigned to the 2 special worker cards drawn at the beginning of the game so players know which worker has the corresponding ability.

Other Questions: Where can I ask them?

Please post questions in the comments below or on the Viticulture/Tuscany Facebook Group.

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Why did I pre-order this instead of waiting for retailers to receive Tuscany Essential?

The main reason is that you might be waiting quite a long time for the next print run if you didn’t pre-order. We expect nearly all copies of Tuscany Essential to go directly to participating retailers. Those retailers will fulfill their pre-order customers right away and then wait for the official release date to sell to other customers. After that, we may or may not make another print run–it all depends on demand. Also, if you pre-ordered, you got the 9 promo cards for free.

Here’s a detailed explanation of how this system benefits both customers and retailers.

Other Products: Can I order Moor Visitors or Viticulture Essential? What about the metal coins?

Depending on the retailer, they may offer Moor Visitors or Viticulture Essential. The metal coins are only available directly from us here.

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How to Buy Tuscany Essential

If your favorite retailer (online or local) isn’t on the following list, ask your preferred retailer to carry Tuscany Essential.

United States

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Europe

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Canada

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Asia/Australia/NZ

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Mexico/Russia/Other

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79 Comments on “Tuscany Expansion

  1. Hi Jamey (I’ve sent an email with screenshots for your reference)

    1) The “Original Tuscany Expansions: Where Are They Now?” image quality is poor. You can barely make out the titles – let alone the subtext under each.

    2) Perhaps make the “Original Tuscany Expansions: Where Are They Now?” image clickable – so the full image loads in a separate tab/window

    3) Wondering if it’s better to say “We’re removing the expansions in red…” rather than “We’re cutting the expansions in red…”

    4) I noticed when you click on “Subscribe for Launch Notification” the capitalisation of the subscribe form is inconsistent. ie Email Address, Country, full name.

    Looking forward to the preorder campaign!

    Matt

  2. “Pre-ordered copies will include 9 special worker promo cards which will also be available through the BoardGameGeek store. All other expansions in Tuscany are out of print.”

    These should probably be in separate paragraphs, or in the opposite order. Right now it sounds like the 9 special promo cards were a part of Tuscany.

    Speaking of which, you should probably say whether these 9 special cards represent a sub-group of the 11 (presumably printed differently), or a different group of cards, or something in-between.

  3. Also, the board you pictured does not include structures. You might want to mention that the reason the board is two-sided is to allow one side for structures and the other for no structures.

  4. Hi Jamey,
    Some proofreading notes for you to use or not:

    1 Can I order metal coins for Viticulture/Tuscany? In the answer, there should be a space in between ViticultueEssential

    2 Are there any rule changes between Tuscany and Tuscany Essential?
    Second paragraph: “that says that” should probably be replaced with “in which”

    3 Why doesn’t Tuscany Essential include all the original special worker meeples?
    Second paragraph, third sentence: add the word “are” to become “There are 2 in each color”

    4 Which expansions were removed from the original version of Tuscany and why?
    Second paragraph: remove the comma in “they’re not essential to the Tuscany expansion experience, and…”

    Matt

  5. Agree with the major points above. Slightly confused by the dash before the 20 minutes per player/ $30 MSRP. It looks like the expansions reduce the game length – I am sure most people will understand but ….

  6. The first thing that came to mind for me was based on the fact that I accessed this site via mobile. The page states:

    “Which expansions were removed from the original version of Tuscany and why?

    “The clickable graphic in the sidebar shows in yellow and red the expansions …”

    However, the sidebar is more of a “bottom section”, as it is actually well below where I’m currently typing this on the mobile page. Small thing, but I definitely searched around the top of the page for a bit before I scrolled all the way down.

  7. Presumably the box art in the main photo at the top of this page is going to change? If so, it would be good to make this clear.

    A couple of other small things: (1) It would be good to update the formatting of the title ‘FAQ’ to use heading 2 or 3 and not just in bold like questions; (2) You could hyperlink your email address in the ‘How to Pre-Order Tuscany Essential’ paragraph.

  8. The statement “All other expansions in Tuscany are out of print.” makes me think that the expansion elements from Tuscany not included in the Essential Tuscany have at some point been available separately. It might be better to say something along the lines of “We have no current plans to reprint Tuscany in it’s entirety”, or “We have no current plans to reprint the ‘non essential’ modules of Tuscany.”

  9. Looks like previous posters have picked everything up. Just to echo Brandon though: I too looked for a sidebar on my phone and had to do a bit of scrolling around. But apart from that it renders well on a mobile device. :-)

  10. Do ambassadors get a preview of the 9 new special workers? I guess I will be exapnding my Collector’s Edition again (this is not a complaint).

    1. Eric: Are you on Facebook? I posted a preview of the cards on the Viticulture/Tuscany group there a week ago. The promo pack will just be a set of cards (it’s much easier to package and ship that way). For people like you who have the original Tuscany, in 1-5 player games you can just assign the another color of worker to the cards. In a 6-player games, you’ll pile up each worker type on the special worker cards as a visual cue. So really the only difficulty will be if in a 6-player game if all 6 players train all of their special workers, but by that time players should know which is which.

      1. I have heard about facing books, but the view out my window is much better. :) I’ll try to scope them out.

  11. Also, for those with regular Tuscany, when we but the new promo cards, will be be able to buy the gray workers with them?

  12. I will say no more, but expect completionists (like me) to hound you over the gray workers as a separate purchase or with the promo cards.

  13. For the promo cards any way we can get the new 14 meeples the 2 grey and 12 male/female player colors to just be the new type in our game. That way if you do more roles in future we always have a unique character for those. Be willing to buy them from you directly or geek store

    1. It looks like the players’ special workers in this set are the same as the Farmer and the Innkeeper in Tuscany. Thus, as Jamey said, anyone with Tuscany already has those pieces.

  14. I agree with Eric — I already have Tuscany, but it would be nice to have a way to get the 2 grey special workers.

  15. I don’t understand anything that’s going on with the various names for Tuscany. Say I want the base game and all the expansions, what do I need to get and is it possible? I can’t seem to find Viticulture anywhere.

    1. If you want the base game and all the expansions, you’ll need to buy Viticulture, the original Tuscany (which is very hard to get), and Moor Visitors. Viticulture is in stock–just ask your local or online retailer to stock it for you.

  16. Hi Jamey,

    I can’t wait to get this and the Essential Edition Upgrade Pack! I was reading the Tuscany Essential Editions rules and I wasn’t sure if this was a typo or not.

    Under “End Game” it says:
    “…add in victory points from patronage cards…”

    Should that be removed from this rulebook since from what it seems, the Patronage cards won’t be included? I assume this was probably just copied over from the regular Tuscany rulebook =)

  17. Hi there, I’m trying to follow your instructions for the Pre-Order of Tuscany Essentials Edition but I also see there is a date range that starts in July.

    Is that when the pre-order will be available to be made at the online retailers?

    Thanks!

      1. Jamey, thank you for the heads up.

        I have one more question and I apologize if I missed this detail.

        The board for the Tuscany Essential edition, will the board be the new matte board like with Viticulture Essential Edition and have some of the rule updates applied to the board? Or will it be the exact same board that I have with my current Tuscany board (shiny with some older rules)

        Thanks again in advance for such a quick turnaround on a response! :)

        1. I recently order Viticulture Essentials (didn’t have the original Viticulture) and a copy of Tuscany from a user on BGG.

          I noticed that Viticulture EE has some nice rule changes that Tuscany seems to be missing. So I’m curious if I should donate Tuscany to a friend and go with Tuscany EE; if the new board with Tuscany EE is going to be updated to the nice matte finish with the new rule changes. If it’s going to be identical to the existing Tuscany board then I probably will just hold onto it to keep Formaggio and Aboriculture.

          I’ve read the Tuscany EE page and have seen the differences but what mostly I’m interested in is an updated board (and matte?) haha

          Are the changes I’m interested in going to be in Tuscany EE (if you can divulge the answer).

          Thanks :)

  18. Hi Jamey.
    I want to play all rules.
    But, I don’t get some rules with Tuscany Essential Edition and Viticulture Essential Edition.
    Will you reprint these rules in some form or other?

    1. Ken: Tuscany Essential will come with the Tuscany Essential rulebook, which complements the Viticulture EE rulebook. If you’re looking for a specific rulebook, we have them all on our website.

  19. Am I right in thinking that I need Viticulture essential, Tuscany and Tuscany essential to have all the expansions? If so, where to buy all 3 at best price? Or what do I need? :)

    1. Jasmine: Thanks for your question. To have all the expansions, you need the original Tuscany and Moor Visitors. 5 of the expansions in Tuscany (which are expansions that some people use, but we’ve deemed them non-essential) have been removed, so Tuscany Essential only has 3 expansions.

      So you could either hunt down Tuscany (I don’t know who has it) or you could get Tuscany Essential, which I think will satisfy the expansion desires of most people. And then get Moor Visitors if you want more visitor cards. :)

  20. Hi Jamey,

    I have to make a complain here, that contact from PORTUGAL is not working. Or its ignoring requests.

  21. Hi
    Just wondering what the card sizes are, for sleeve purposes.
    – 36 structure cards
    – 11 worker reference cards
    Thanks
    Tod

  22. Please tell me that the box format would be the same as Viticulture Essential! This boxfront with equal sides scares me that I’ll have to take this box away from it’s basegame. THX

  23. Hi Jamey,

    will there be a german translation of Viticulture Tuscany Essential Edition. My attempts to get an answer from Feuerland-Spiele, who translated Viticulture Essential Edition was unsuccessful, as they only referred to the original Tuscany Edition.

      1. That’d be really great. I got Viticulture EE as a birthday gift and badly want the Tuscany EE, too. It would be really nice to have them both in the same language version (I wouldn’t mind English, but I already got the base game in German, so I prefer having the expansion in German, too.)
        Thank you for talking to them!

  24. Begin to say how much I like this game and with Tuscany Essential it flat out awesome! In my humble opinion the best expansion ever made!

    Just three questions:

    1b. With the Apprentice; Does it mean your Grande has to be among your available workers or do you pull him from an actionspace you have already used him at in current or previous seasons?

    1b. If the actionspace taken by your Apprentice had a bonusaction on it, does your Grande receives that aswell meaning you’ll get a double bonus?

    1c. Say you do get double bonus and the actionspace you recieved twice is one that grants you a card, can you use the lira, VP or whatever you got from the first card to fulfill the requirements of the second card given to you by your Grande?

    /Simon

    1. Thanks Simon! I noticed you posted on YouTube as well–you only need to post in one place, as I’ll take care of it. :) Here’s the answer:

      Thanks for your questions! The Apprentice reads, “After taking an action with the Apprentice, you may immediately place your Grande Worker on the same action (not on an action space).” Your grande worker needs to be available (i.e., not already placed) for you to do this. Any worker only gets a bonus if it’s placed on a bonus action space, so in this case, because the Grande Worker must be placed “not on an action space,” you can’t get a bonus.

      As for general rules for getting bonuses, you can gain the bonus before or after you take the action (or not at all–the bonus is optional).

  25. Hi Jamey,

    Were the 9 promo cards supposed to be in the box or a separate card pack? Asking since I preordered from Miniature Market and didn’t receive the promo cards.

    1. Chris: They’re in a separate pack. We sent them all to Miniature Market, and they should have shipped the cards with the game. If you poke around in the package and can’t find it, just contact them and ask for the missing component.

    1. Aaron: Yes, Funagain should have sent them to you if you pre-ordered in before November. Sometimes they’re in the courier packaging and people missed them, and sometimes they’re just missing. If you contact Funagain, they’ll send them to you.

  26. Hi, I have the Complete Collector’s Edition from the kickstarter. Is there a way to get a copy of the special workers promo cards?
    Thank you in advance.
    Gabriele

  27. Hi,
    I am wondering new rules about “End of Year Upkeep”. I’m inclined to house-rule retrieving workers after everyone passed out of winter. Because removing them in middle of other players turn seems a bit “asymmetrical” compared to other seasons. I feel like winter isn’t rewarding first player on wake-up chart enough (or punishing players that choose to go later), it’s rewarding one with most workers.

    So my question.. Is there something that came out during play-testing that I’m not aware? ..or is it put that way just to simplify upkeep rule?

    Thank you for the answer.

    1. Davor: There are several reasons why I would highly recommend you not house-rule this. First, it’s intended to be a balancing mechanism between waking up early and waking up late. Players who wake up early get to go first each season, and with the Tuscany board having 4 worker-placement seasons instead of 2, that’s a big deal.

      Second, one of the major pieces of feedback I got about Viticulture was that because a huge part of the game is about building up to a big payout the last year (or during crucial years). That can create a big stopgap in the winter, creating situations where players will really need to fill orders, but they’ll be unable to do so.

      Third, the Tuscany board is all about an even flow from one year to the next. A game manager isn’t needed to tell everyone to retrieve their workers like in Viticulture–it’s simply built into what each player does when they pass out of winter.

      I completely understand house rules that can make a game less frustrating, but this house rule will make the game MORE frustrating, which I would prefer you not do. :)

  28. Hi Jamey ,

    the only way to have :

    -Arboriculture
    -Mafia
    -Patronage
    -Formaggio

    I have to buy the old version of tuscany ? or you will make available those expansions soon in any sort of kit expansions ?

    best regard

  29. Jamey,

    Just completed a 6 player game of the Tuscany E.E. expansion (without the structure cards). The winning player didn’t plant any vines or fill any wine orders. They sold all of their fields, had a tasting room from their papa card and relied on visitor cards, tours and the trade action to buy victory points. Seemed like a legit play/win, according to the rules, but it broke the experience (and spirit) of the game from my perspective.
    Did this come up in play testing? Did you consider creating a negative modifier or cost to having all of your fields mortgaged?
    Could have been a one time lucky thing (right cards at the right time) – definitely going to try again. Would love to hear your thoughts.
    thanks.

    1. Mike: Sure, there are lots of ways to gain reputation while running a vineyard. We did test such extremes, and they’re a viable way to play. I personally prefer to make wine, and I generally fine it’s more effective than circumventing that process.

      1. I have the question, because there are more posibilities on the new board. These posibilities are not on the Automacards, how does it works? I didn’t find extrarules for the sologame.

          1. Hi, thank you for the answers, I have vergotten to say I have the German game from Feuerland, is it also posible? I like the solomodus very much and often played it.

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