Andy Looney writes: >That can be tricky. Most of the time, prisoners end up getting squandered. >Any old Icehouse vets want to help out with this one? Hmm. 1. Use the prisoner to knock off a blocker of the same size (by using a standing block). This does put the former prisoner at risk -- but leaves it counting for points, and is often slightly more effective as a block than you could do with a regualr tip-block (and in some ways, more effective than a tail-block). 2. Use the prisoner to tail-block attackers -- either by attacking one of your one-point pieces (ie a sacrifice), or by attacking an opponent. While this does involve losing a point, the sacrifice is particularly notable, since by its nature, it lays out a trap that unaware opponents can fall into -- as continued attempts to attack that area will often hand you free prisoners. 3. Use the prisoner to ice a third opponent. Obviously, this is inferior to using it in a "prisoner" fashion, but once you have picked up hostile prisioners, it's a nice way to get it counting for points (and is less risky than attacking with your own pieces. >> 2) Could you demonstrate a cool pieceniking project that would be easy >> to do at home? I haven't had much luck with filling pyramids with sand >> (the glue at the bottom frequently doesn't seal, so the sand leaks out), I've found hotglue to be fairly easy to work with -- the important thing is to have a hot glue pad -- as that lets you get a nice smooth seal without having to chip away the extra clue. As some people know, I've even gotten this method to work with water-filled pieces -- the Dicehouse pieces (and a water+sand filled set that is much more subtle) and over the three years since I did that project, only a handful (3/15? 4? Something like that) of pieces have needed to be redone. >Sorry, I'm not much of a pieceniker, since I'm happiest with standard >factory-made pieces we dreamed of getting made for so very long. But again, >maybe others on this list could run with this idea. I do think the factory-made pieces have made peiece-nicker's jobs much, much easier. We are far beyond the days where you had to cut your own pieces in metal shop. (As cool as Number 12's set is). -- Joshua Kronengold (mneme@(io.com, labcats.org)) |\ _,,,--,,_ ,) --^-- "Did you know, if you increment enough, you /,`.-'`' -, ;-;;' /\\ get an extra digit?" "I knew," weeps Six. |,4- ) )-,_ ) /\ /-\\\ "We knew. But we had forgotten." '---''(_/--' (_/-'