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Re: [Icehouse] Cover Up

  • Fromkerry_and_ryan@xxxxxxx
  • DateTue, 05 Sep 2006 18:15:26 +0000
Yeah, I noticed that on their web site about a week ago.  It is so freakin close to a game I already have written up for the next Icehouse games competition (if it ever happens) that I feel a bit cheated.  I'd cry foul if I had ever shown my version to anyone.

The only differences between theirs and mine are that...
 - I used four pieces of each size instead of 3, 4, and 5,
 - I allowed pieces to be moved only after all pieces had been played,
 - I allow moving larges AND mediums.  I found if you allow smalls to move, 
   it was hard to prevent a 25th turn (after the initial 12 for each side) win.  
I even had the rule about a four-in-a-row counting for a win even if it appears part way through a move.

Continued gedanken playtesten had moved down on my list, because A) LL is shifting from selling pyramids by-the-stash to by-the-Treehouse, and B) it still seemed a little too much like every other X-in-a-row game, especially Gobblet / Gobblet Junior.  (Google those).

I suspect that playing with pyramids on a Volcano board would be better that trying to pry discs out of wells, but I haven't actually tried their equipment.


 -------------- Original message ----------------------
From: Doug Orleans <dougorleans@xxxxxxxxx>
> There's a new game from Out of the Box Games called Cover Up:
> http://www.otb-games.com/coverup/
> http://www.otb-games.com/coverup/rules.html
> It's a two-player abstract strategy game with a small memory element.
> I haven't played it, but I think it's worth mentioning here because it
> seems perfect for two stashes of opaque Icehouse pyramids and a
> Volcano board (5x5).  If you like the game, though, it's probably
> worth the $20 to get the custom board.
> --dougorleans@xxxxxxxxx
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