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Re: [Icehouse] Your favorite (and least favorite) 3 (or 7) games

  • From"David L. Willson" <DLWillson@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateMon, 23 Mar 2009 16:24:43 -0600 (MDT)
Conspicuous by its absence from your lists, Emperor Andy, is the fiddly, obscure, sometimes irritating, much-maligned, and much-beloved obsession/game, Icehouse.  :-)  Andy, was that omission accidental, or did Icehouse actually fit in neither list for you?

I can't wait to play Zark City, and it ~was~ totally unfair to put two unavailable games on your list.  How the Heck do we play them?  Yes, I know "wait"...  I am reading this book on patience, but it's soooo long.  Isn't there a faster way to learn patience?

Never minding that for a moment, I've noticed a mysterious red triangle with a "1" in it on the spine of my "Playing with Pyramids"...  Does that mean that one day, I will have a short shelf of "Playing with Pyramids"es, each with their own triangle, their own unique number and perhaps color, too?


----- "Andy Looney" <andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

(two (or three) lists, none of which included the venerated classic...)

> This is a difficult challenge! I have many favorites that I had to
> leave 
> off this list because 7 is just such a small number! But here's a list
> of 
> my 7 current favorites, based on what I'm playing the most often right
> now, 
> or would be most likely to be enthusiastic about playing. Of course,
> being 
> rather badly biased, most of these are my own designs, but isn't that
> what 
> you'd expect of me? And to make matters worse, two of these are games
> I 
> haven't even released yet! (Sorry about that...) Anyway, here's my
> list:
>    1) Binary Homeworlds
>    2) Secret Project PD-09
>    3) Secret Project MB-17 (aka IceGlotz-17)
>    4) Zark City
>    5) World War 5
>    6) Volcano
>    7) IceTowers
> Honorable Mention: Martian Hold'em and Hearts (i.e. using the pyramids
> as 
> scorekeeping tokens)
> More Honorable Mentions: Black ICE, Martian Chess, Treehouse, and
> RAMbots
> As for my 3 least favorites:
>    X) Zendo: I realize Zendo is wildly popular with some, but I'm
>       never interested in playing. It's just not my kind of game.
>    Y) Gnostica: I wrote a whole essay about my beefs with this:
>       http://www.wunderland.com/WTS/Andy/Games/IPreferZarcana.html
>    Z) Spicklehead: I wish these rules didn't even exist. The idea
>       of someone getting hurt by my beloved pyramids is my worst
>       nightmare, so the humor of this one is lost on me.
> Great question!
> -- Andy
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