Christopher H. wrote:
Could somebody explain snowball? It isn't on the strategy page.
Many players play their first two defensive pieces in a group huddle near the center of the field, hoping to get a fortress that is at least partially constructed of other players' pieces. This huddle is called the snowball. The name follows "cheeseball". The cheeseball maneuver consists of building a fortress entirely out of your own pieces up against your stash pad or an edge of the table. This cheese can save your bacon, but it's an expensive way to acquire a fortress. The multi-color fortress in the middle of the table builds by the accumulation of ice, so it's called a snowball. The advantages to having a fortressed defender are obvious, but the risk of the snowball is that attacks on your snowball defenders can *also* be fortressed, preventing over-icing of your defenders (and subsequent restructuring) and locking the attacks in place. -- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans eeyore@xxxxxxxx