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Re: [Icehouse] Number of players / Game popularity

  • FromS Myers <iamthecheeze@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateThu, 19 Feb 2009 13:04:29 -0500
You seem to be asking a really broad question.  Does icehouse scale
well?  Do you mean the actual icehouse game, or the many games which
use the icehouse system?

Icehouse the game I think starts to fFall apart at around 5 players.
I'm not an expert on that subject.

But the many games within the icehouse system -- that is, any specific
game which uses the colored pyramids -- usually indicates how many may
play at a time.  I think most games work with players, in general.
But if there are specific limitations, they will usually say.

As an example, Zendo works perfectly with 4 players.  With less
players, the game devolves to arbitrary amounts of guessing.  With
more players, it can be fFrustrating when you have a good idea, but
you have to wait and wait and wait while everyone else attempts to
steal your win.

I really like Alien City, which is conceived as a 2 player game.
However with minimal adaptation, I invented a 3 player variant which
works very very well.

The short answer to your question is: It depends.  Most people seem to
identify one game they really really like, and will play the game in
the way they think will work best with their preferred number of

On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 12:18 PM, David L. Willson <DLWillson@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> How well does Icehouse scale?  I know it works with 2, 3, or 4, but what about more than that?  Does it just keep getting better or does it degrade?
> Which games are the most popular?  My son and I enjoyed Martian Coasters, but Tic Tac Doh... uh...  Well, I must be missing something, because it seems a bit limited.  Zendo rules...  no pun intended.
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