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
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.
Yellow Clear or White
Or is it...
Green Clear or White
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)
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
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
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.