How To Play: Seasons – Setup, rule summary and strategy

Mastering Seasons involves a combination of strategic card drafting, effective energy management, and timely power activation. This guide has outlined essential strategies, from game setup to winning conditions, emphasizing the importance of balance and anticipation of opponents' moves. Playing Seasons is not just strategic but immensely fun with friends.


Hey everyone, Jamie here! Ever find yourself wondering how to not just play but actually win at Seasons? You’re in luck! In this guide, I’ll break down the game rules in an easy-to-understand way and share some top-notch strategies I’ve learned. Whether you’re new to the game or looking to up your game, these tips and tricks, refined through countless game nights with friends, will surely give you the upper hand. Let’s get rolling!

What’s in the box

  • 1 Game Board
  • 60 Power Cards
  • 20 Enchantment Cards
  • 40 Energy Tokens (10 of each type)
  • 16 Action Tokens (4 of each season)
  • 1 First Player Token
  • 1 Crystal Track
  • 1 Year Token
  • 8 Library Tokens
  • 1 Active Player Token
  • 4 Individual Boards
  • 4 Sets of 7 Familiars (28 total)
  • 2 Special Dice
  • 1 Cloth Bag

How To Play Seasons: Rules Summary

Hey folks, Jamie here! Let’s break down how to play Seasons, a game I’ve played more times than I can count. Trust me, once you get the hang of it, it’s an absolute blast. Let’s get started!


  1. Place the game board in the center.
  2. Sort the dice according to the seasons.
  3. Each player picks a wizard and takes the corresponding tokens.
  4. Deal nine power cards to each player to draft from.
  5. Prepare the energy tokens and crystals.


  1. Begin with the prelude phase, where players choose their cards.
  2. Roll the season dice based on the current season.
  3. Players choose a die and execute the action.
  4. Take turns in clockwise order until all players have acted.
  5. Move the season marker as indicated by the dice.


  1. The game ends after three full years.
  2. Add up crystals and points from cards.
  3. The player with the most points wins the game.

Special Rules & Conditions

  1. Energy tokens are crucial; manage them wisely.
  2. Pay attention to the card effects; some are instant, while others are ongoing.
  3. Consider the timing of using your powers for maximum impact.
  4. Some cards interact with the seasons directly, plan accordingly.

And there you have it, a basic rundown on how to play Seasons. Remember, the key to this game is not just what cards you play, but how and when you play them. Happy gaming!

Best Seasons Strategies

Mastering the Art of Card Drafting

Winning at Seasons requires a keen eye for card drafting. Here are some strategies my friends and I swear by:

Prioritize Versatility

  1. Grab cards that offer multiple uses. They adapt to changing game states.

Counter Draft

  1. Pay attention to what your opponents need and take those cards. It’s sneaky but effective.

Future-Proof Your Deck

  1. Choose cards that become more powerful later. Early game strength is tempting, but late-game power wins.

The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Energy Resource Management in Seasons

Winning in Seasons means managing your energy smartly. Here’s how you ace it:

1. Prioritize Your Energy Types

  1. Early game, focus on gathering a mix. This sets you up for flexibility.
  2. Mid-game, switch to what your cards need most. Keep balance.
  3. Late game, hoard rare energies. They’re game changers.

2. Play Your Energy Cards Right

  1. Use energy boosters early to build stock.
  2. Mid-game, play energy conversion cards. Max out value.
  3. Save big spells for late game. They pack a punch.

3. Anticipate Your Opponent’s Moves

  1. Early on, block or grab energies they want. Be sneaky.
  2. Keep an eye on their energy pile. Predict their play.
  3. Late game, disrupt their plans with surprise energy moves.

Master these strategies, and you’ll not just play; you’ll outplay.

Unlocking the Secret: Optimal Power Activation in Seasons

Winning in Seasons isn’t just about collecting cards; it’s about knowing when to play your power cards. Here’s how to nail the timing:

Early Game Power Plays

  1. Start strong by activating powers that boost resource collection.
  2. Use powers that allow quick card drawing to build your hand.

Mid-Game Momentum

  1. Shift focus to powers that disrupt opponents or protect your resources.
  2. Balance your energy reserves; don’t overspend on a single power.

Late Game Lockdown

  1. Unleash your most devastating powers to cement your lead or make a dramatic comeback.
  2. Time your game-changing powers when opponents least expect them.

Remember, Seasons is about strategy and timing. Activate your powers wisely to outmaneuver your opponents and claim victory!

Unlocking the Secrets of the Seasons

Alright, fellow gamers, we’ve zipped through the ins and outs, the dos and don’ts, and the must-dos of playing Seasons like a true champ. Remember, it’s all about balancing those energy resources, nailing the timing of your power activations, and keeping an eye on your opponents. Sure, luck plays its part, but strategy is the real key to reigning supreme in this magical tournament of the arcane.

Grab your friends, pick your favorite season, and let the magical battles begin! Who knows? Maybe you’ll be the one to uncover new strategies and secrets the next time we play. Until then, game on, wizards!

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Jamie Hopkins

With years of dice-rolling, card-flipping, and strategic planning under my belt, I've transformed my passion into expertise. I thrive on dissecting the mechanics and social dynamics of board games, sharing insights from countless game nights with friends. I dive deep into gameplay mechanics, while emphasizing the social joys of gaming. While I appreciate themes and visuals, it's the strategy and camaraderie that truly capture my heart.