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RE: [Icehouse] 5th Stash :)

  • FromDavid Artman <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateMon, 16 Jul 2007 09:56:12 -0700
> From: "Timothy Hunt" <games@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> ...Martian Chess boards, you could play 6 player MC.

MINOR correction of Tim--hate to do it, buddy; but in the interest of accuracy....

6-player Martian Chess only requires 4 stashes:
6 players * 3 stacks per player = 18 stacks
18 stacks / 5 stacks per stash = 3.6 stashes ~ 4 stashes.

> Ryan, RE why go to 10 colors...

First, there are some games on the wiki which actually use all 10 (or 11) colors:
* Stacktors!, my "traditional," gamist/simulationist role playing system using only pyramids
* 10-player Martian Coasters (requires 2 Gift Coasters).
* Any game which requires "one monochrome stash per player" and which supports n-players (e.g. a massive Armada or Gnostica game)

Second, you don't get a "full" spectrum of colors, without all 10, so you can't teach about ROYGBIV without them.

Third, Xeno lags in sales behind Rainbow, possibly leading to the pending shortages of Treehouse until the holidays (see recent post by Kristin). As such, you can help them get closer to the funds they need to do an all-new run!

Of course, in your environment, depending upon your students, you might not be able to do 10-player games or you might not want to deal with "color translation" to use Xeno for games which specify RYGB in their mechanics (e.g. original Homeworlds or RGB).

Hope this helps!

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