Brewcrafters, designed by Ben Rosset, is a worker placement game about designing a brewery, brewing beer, and selling that delicious beer to win the game. Brewcrafters can be compared to Agricola in terms of style and complexity, and that is not a knock on the game. Players use their workers to, among some of the actions available, collect ingredients, upgrade their brewery, and buy more shift workers. After the public actions are completed, players use shift workers to brew beer or research better powers. At the end of every year (broken up into seasons) players must pay upkeep on their workers and machinery. After 4 years of brewing beers, players total their money and declare a winner.
Our discussion focused on what drew Ben to the beer theme and what inspired him for the mechanics. We openly compare the game to Agricola. Ben talks to us about what we can look forward to for the future of Brewcrafters.
If you are interested in this game, a second printing is coming soon from Dice Hate Me Games. Please visit DiceHateMeGames.com. If you are interested in communicating with Ben Rosset or wish to learn more about his games, follow Ben on Twitter @benrosset.