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Re: [Icehouse] IGDC Summer 2007 Rankings

  • From"Avri Klemer" <avri@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateTue, 25 Sep 2007 11:18:12 -0400
I add my congratulations to Doug!

My experience with Pylon was identical to Dale's - from the rules, it was not high on my "to-play" list, but it took only one game to become the frontrunner on my ballot. *Many* plays later, it was my clear favorite.

Simple and well written rules, two distinct and fascinating phases, reasonably fast play time and an uncertain winner until the last few moves made for a near perfect gaming experience.

Thanks, Doug.  I look forward to your implementation at SDG!


----- Original Message ----- From: "Dale Sheldon" <dales@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Icehouse Discussion List" <icehouse@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, September 24, 2007 12:40 PM
Subject: RE: [Icehouse] IGDC Summer 2007 Rankings

On Mon, 24 Sep 2007, David Artman wrote:

taking this table (assuming it's correct), I got the same result as
dale Sheldon of
pylo > subd > zamb > geom > peng > moon > mart > trip

If no one else objects or wishes to correct anything, I am happy with
this as the final result, being corroborated by two folks who apparently
understand the method far better than I do.

In that case, congratulations to Pylon and its designer!

I remember reading the rules for the game and thinking "Enh, seems too simple." And then, I sat down to play my first game of it. My oponent placed a large in the center of the board and I... seized up. There was so much to consider!

Simple rules, but deep, deep strategy; this game strikes me as more like Go than either Martian Go or Branches, Twigs, and Thorns.

(Now, a brief digression about Condorcet Ranked Pairs and politics:

I wish we used this method to vote for public office. As someone who's gotten good and pissed at the Republican Party in the last 7 years, but who still has a healthy distrust for the Democratic Party, I think a Condorcet method is the only chance of breaking the two-party system's hold on American politics. So if you're a Green or a Libertarian or, like me, just sick of Democan/Republicrat nonsense, you owe it to yourself to learn this system and to try to spread it beyond this forum. Use it among your coworkers when decideding where to go for lunch; use it for choosing officers in whatever organization you're a member of (PTA, HOA, another hobby group); and then try to get it used for local government office; for state office; and maybe someday not to far away, for national office.)

Dale Sheldon
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