How to play Vadoran Gardens

Game overview

Attention Acolytes! Old V’Sheel, the High Priestess of the Vadoran Gardens is retiring, and maybe one of you will take her place. Go out into the gardens, study her lessons in Life, Nature, and Wisdom to prove yourself worthy of such an honor.


Vadoran Gardens is a 2 – 4 player standalone competitive card-drafting and tile-laying card game, set in The City of Kings universe. Players take it in turns to play cards while trying to connect similar tasks such as feeding animals, watering flowers and cleaning relics, as they try and complete the lessons set by Old V’Sheel.


Let’s go

Vadoran Gardens is played over 10 rounds, in each round you will be set a lesson restricting the cards you can play.


On your turn, you will pick up the card you selected on your previous turn (or during setup if it’s the first round), and then place 1 card in front of you.


The first card you play will be placed on the table, every following card you play must overlap the last column of the previously played card. The card does not have to overlap all 3 squares in the last column, but it does have to overlap at least 1, giving you 5 options each turn.


As you explore the gardens, you will want to connect areas of grass, soil and water to score points and avoid the sand. You will need to connect animals, flowers and statues in specific ways to complete achievements while trying to return lost animals, pendants and tools to their homes.


Once you have played a card, you will then need to place your Player Token on the card you want for the next round, this decides both the card you get and turn order for the next round. You will always know what cards you have available for this round and the next, along with what restrictions will be in place, so forward planning is essential.

You can download the latest version of the rulebook here.

Vadoran Gardens

  • Players: 2 – 4
  • Ages: 8+
  • Playing time: 30 minutes




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