Has anyone ever discussed adding to defenders? Stacking like trees to add to their value.
Icehouse is a physical game, almost a sport really. It relies on each footprint having a definite value. Allowing players to meddle with those values begins an arms race. A common situation is for a defender to be semi-fortressed, maybe it is at the edge of the snowball with only two openings that allow for attacks. The defender can be iced, but only by a maximum of six points. Once two 3-pointers are attacking the piece, it is locked up and no more attacks can be added. If the defender is a 3-pointer and stacking is allowed, it's too easy for to stack another 3-pointer on it and squander both attackers with no hope of redemption, unless of course you allow stacked attacks. Then the defender stacks. Then the attacker stacks. Etcetera. A large part of playing Icehouse is determining your balance between attacks and defenders. Anything that increases the strategic value of defenders discourages attackers and changes the game's balance. > Not to mention making all of my filled pieces useless. This is one of the reasons I like playing Icehouse with filled pieces, it discourages any thoughts of stacking. =^> -- Elliott C. "Eeyore" Evans eeyore@xxxxxxxx