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[Icehouse] [3House] BH using Xeno colors

  • From"Ryan McGuire and Kerry Breitenbach" <kerry_and_ryan@xxxxxxx>
  • DateMon, 24 Jul 2006 21:57:25 -0400
I think I quickly mentioned this to Andy at Origins, but I'm not sure if it got recorded anywhere.

Way back in February, as part of a bigger Treehosue message, I wrote:
Besides, the Binary Homeworlds rules specifically mention absolute colors. Not only do you have to get three of the same set, but you need three _Rainbow_ sets to play that "correctly".

Well let me revisit that.

I just noticed that the price for a 3House booklet plus three Treehouse sets is priced at $27, a bargain if you ask me. However, the Treehouse page at http://www.looneylabs.com/whybuy/treehouse.html makes it look like the Xeno set is a reasonable choice to go with the 3House booklet. Boy, would would _I_ be disappointed if I bought that $27 package deal and found that I didn't have the correct colors to play 33% of the games. (Ok, 25% if you count Treehouse as a fourth.) Sure, ANY assignment of Xeno colors to powers in Binary Homeworlds would "work", but when two such people get together to play, chances are one of them will have to adapt.

To head this problem off at the pass, I'll put MY scheme for assigning Xeno colors to Homeworlds powers on the table. Rather than trying to asign Xeno colors to Rainbow colors, I figure it makes more sense to make the Xeno power assignments without regard to the Rainbow set: Move Clear As in "This ship is going to CLEAR out of this system."
 Trade      Orange   Because it looks like gold.
Construct White Like the white building materials of Portland, England and/or the Inuit.
 Attack     Purple   Like the bruises you'll have when I'm done attacking.

The other obvious option is to assign Xeno colors to similar Rainbow colors. Maybe...
 Red     Orange
 Blue    Purple
 Green   Cyan
 Yellow  Clear or White

Or is it...
 Red     Purple
 Blue    Cyan
 Green   Clear or White
 Yellow  Orange

IMO, the fact that TWO color assignment schemes make an equal amount of sense means that NEITHER one is very good. You'd be further ahead abandoning that idea and going with power->Xeno color assignments that make sense for some other reason.

(In any of these schemes it might seem a little weird to use the opaque color, but that's no big deal when you consider the game. Besides, by making either Clear or Cyan the unused color, color abbreviations can be kept to one letter.)

Oh wait... Color abbreviations... If you're recording a game, may I suggest you use the first letters of each piece's power rather than color. That way, Xeno people and Rainbow people can read the same game record without having to translate. A record might look something like this:

  Andy:1:Homeworld (LCST, la)
  Russell:2:Homeworld (MMST, lc) Name (MMST, "Peace")
  Andy:3:Construct (LCST, sa)

  {Stash Inventory}

Andy started with a Large Construct/Small Trade homeworld with a large attack ship, while Russell had a Medium Move/Small Trade homeworld (henceforth named "Peace") with a large construct ship. Then Andy used the Large Construct piece of his world to spawn a small attack ship there.

Someone who invests $27 MSRP in enough Xeno sets to play Binary Homeworlds, will have no trouble understanding this record of a game between two BH traditionalists.

This might look as fixing a problem that doesn't exist, but I'm just trying to prevent the problem before it pops up. This

-- Ryan

P.S. To anyone who remembers that I needed a rules refresher to play in the Origins BH touney: I've played two games since then, so I'm an expert now. :)