On Feb 3, 2006, at 6:04 PM, Kristin Looney wrote:
I'm sure you are all getting really sick of this - but PLEASE
PLEASE PLEASE look at these rules one more time. Version 4 has now
One thing that's bugged me from the beginning, so I apologize for not
mentioning it earlier:
"Pieces can only ever point upright, forwards or backwards..."
Shouldn't that be "left or right" instead of "forwards or backwards"?
As worded, this implies to me that either 1) the lying down pieces
point perpendicular to the trio line instead of along it (which is
clearly wrong and contradicts the House diagram), or 2) players
normally manipulate their trio line so that it runs towards/away from
them rather than left-to-right, which seems a less natural way to
play. I admit that since "all lines run parallel", when four people
play around a square card table two players will have their trio line
towards/away and two will have it left-to-right. But I'm imagining a
more common scenario where four people sit at a rectangular table,
with two people on each long side, and then everyone is manipulating
a trio whose line is left-to-right from their perspective.
Alan Anderson wrote:
SWAP is still a bit unclear. We all know what "only if it must"
means now, but I don't think it's all that obvious to the
uninitiated. How about making it explicit? "Only flat pieces
entering a tower change orientation."
I second this. I only know what "only if it must" means because Andy
posted an explanation. Prior to that, I thought that the only time
pieces *didn't* have to change orientation was when both pieces were
oriented the same way, otherwise they swapped orientations.
Scott Sulzer wrote:
Flat is an Icehouse term that most people won't be familiar with.
I agree; simply replace "flat" with "sideways" and problem solved.
Karl von Laudermann
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