I think Binary Homeworlds is a good measuring stick
(albeit for 3HOUSE): it does not use all the pieces of 3 treehouse sets,
but you *can't* play the game with only 1 or 2 sets.
If a game *can't* be played with 2 sets, it's not
2HOUSE and should not be eligible for the next IGDC . . .
my 2 cents.
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Sent: Monday, November 05, 2007 3:02
Subject: Re: [Icehouse] IGDC Winter 2008
is ready for announcement tomorrow!
On 11/5/07, David
From: "Jorge Arroyo" <trozo@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> I think
it makes sense, although relaxing the requirement to 1 or 2 sets
wouldn't change things that much and would stop designers artificially
> modifying their rules for the 2HOUSE requirement...
"art*fully* modifying," because I like to think that rules
begin as artificial (i.e. "forced") additions often lead
complexities of gameplay.
While that may be true in some cases, in other cases it may lead to
games that are "almost 1HOUSE" and that may even work better
removing those artificial elements... but you're right: now it's not the time
to change the rules... Let's hope that people do games that really need 2
sets, else newcomers to the system that bought a second set to play more games
may feel a bit cheated :)