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Last fall, crackling fires encircled the mountains. This spring, lightning-wielding thunderstorms roiled the valleys. Now, with summer come early and a glowing moon overhead, the soil is moist and black and delicious mushrooms are sprouting up all over the forest. The Foray is on!
Morels Foray expands on Morels with new items, characters, weather, a more dynamic forest, and unique systems enabling 2-4 players. 3p and 4p have slightly augmented decks, start players with a basket and sticks, and institute "peek cards" placed beside the deck to show what's coming up in the forest (these cards enhance planning depth but are not immediately accessible).
Every player count also has unique facets. In 3p, players receive an optional (non-card acquisition) bonus action at the end of every turn. In 4p, a marker rotates clockwise to indicate who is the Priority Player on any given turn. Players select cards from the same forest simultaneously on a Compass, then reveal and resolve going clockwise before resetting the forest and passing the Priority Marker. Deciphering playing styles and motives is helpful because having selected an option that is no longer available when you go to resolve requires altering your choice and which incurs a penalty. This style of simultaneous play keeps a peppy pace with no down time and resembles a 2p Morels hallmark in theorizing what your opponents are likely to do and adjusting for optimal foraging.
At its core, Morels Foray varies both the social and tactical texture of Morels. The new cards offer fresh decisions and the opportunity for new strategies. Weather cards (Rainstorm and Forest Fire) can decimate existing forests or spring up new ones, Items (Map, Shiitake Log) give power with proper timing, Events (Farmers Market, Eureka!) enable big plays, Characters (Thief, Farm Girl, Eccentric, Chef) allow you to interact with the forest and your opponent(s) in new ways, and new mushrooms (Lion's Mane, Panther Cap) expand your foraging options in the ever beckoning forest."