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've played a lot of classic Icehouse over the years, and I certainly
enjoy it, but I only play it now at the IIT. At this point I can
basically take it or leave it.
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
This is a difficult challenge! I have many favorites that I had to
off this list because 7 is just such a small number! But here's a
my 7 current favorites, based on what I'm playing the most often
or would be most likely to be enthusiastic about playing. Of course,
rather badly biased, most of these are my own designs, but isn't that
you'd expect of me? And to make matters worse, two of these are games
haven't even released yet! (Sorry about that...) Anyway, here's my
1) Binary Homeworlds
2) Secret Project PD-09
3) Secret Project MB-17 (aka IceGlotz-17)
4) Zark City
5) World War 5
Honorable Mention: Martian Hold'em and Hearts (i.e. using the
More Honorable Mentions: Black ICE, Martian Chess, Treehouse, and
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:
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.
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