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Re: [Icehouse] Beyond 5HOUSE

  • FromSam Zitin <sammyz@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateFri, 20 Mar 2009 12:04:42 -0400
I spent several years earlier in my life working in a game/comic
store, and I couldn't count the number of people that I had purchase 6
Icehouse stashes purely to play Volcano.  Even before Volcano caps
became available, this was the "killer app" for 6 colors.  I am
certain something must exist for the 5rainbow 5xeno set.  That would
be a rather interesting design restriction.

2009/3/20 David Artman <david.artman@xxxxxxxxx>:
> Inline:
> On Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 2:02 PM, Joshua Kronengold <mneme@xxxxxx> wrote:
>> Mega is actually 9 stashes.  6x6 = 36 trees, one of which is a clear
>> one (1 color), plus 7 colors of 5 trees, plus 5 caps on trees.  I've
>> added it as an 8 stash game with caps and a 9 stash game.
> Ya lost me, but as long as you know what's right for the wiki... :)
>> Hmm. Haven't done much on the wiki, but it looks like it's still using
>> classic mediawiki tech.  Any interest in integrating Semantic
>> Mediawiki?  That would let the lists be autogenerated from attributes
>> in the games rather than hand-maintained.
> I think it might already be installed. Updated? I dunno. Anyone know how to
> use it? Doubt it (I don't, though I can of course learn). I thought I'd gone
> through every game, to make What Can I Play--and now the onus should be on
> individual designers to breakdown what is needed, when they post a game's
> link(s) there as well as on Existing Games (i.e. after it's off the Games
> Under Development page).
> See the Main Page "Designing Games" section for the basic instructions as to
> how to move a game's link(s) from GUD to WCIP and EG. (Not to say that
> telling folks to do that means they do it, or do it accurately!)
>> *g*  It's true, though; the more games in that space, the more
>> worthwhile it is to design new games in that space (or get a good
>> collection of pieces.
> I agree wholeheartedly. And I think it's REALLY tricky to make a good game
> that uses all the colors without being egregious (see Stacktors for
> "egregious" defined--a game that totally REQUIRES a reference card to play
> it).
> But it could encourage folks to break past 5HOUSE and start racking up Xeno
> (or Rainbow) sets.... That one Killer App game that uses (say) eight colors
> or two opaque stashes.
>> How about a contest of games that can only be
>> played with filled/solid pieces? G,D,R)
> I can't imagine a game which can be played with filled pieces but NOT with
> hollow pieces. Admittedly, I've only thought about it for a few minutes...
> but I just can't see how "filledness" could be used in a way that would be
> impossible with "hollowness."  Something involving weight--no. Maybe
> building towers, actually--can't use (say) three smalls to hold up an uprigh
> large (without a LOT of fiddling to get the large posied on the thin edges
> on its bottom).
> Interesting thought experiment....
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