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Re: [Icehouse] Best of 2009 -- last push to get the finalists

  • FromBryan Stout <stoutwb@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateThu, 17 Jun 2010 16:54:22 -0400
I am not bothered by special equipment, as I said before, since people
could have access to it online or at Origins.  But I do find the
originality argument persuasive.  I like Dectana's design; however, it
is an adaptation of an existing game paradigm to a different deck. So,
after some consideration, I am reluctantly willing to drop Dectana,
and have the finalists be Crosswalk, Quicksand, and Stack Control.


On Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 2:22 PM, Jeff Wolfe <jwolfe@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I feel strongly that there should be exactly three finalists.  The current
> discussions seem to be focused on five games.  Here is my take.
> Infiltrate/Stack Control: I agree that only one of these should be a
> finalist since they're by the same designer.  I'll give a slight edge to
> Stack Control, which supports more than 2 players and has a more definite
> game ending.
> Crosswalk: A lighter game with a random element.  Considered as a
> meta-issue, that's a point in its favor.  But it would be in my Top 3
> anyway.
> Quicksand: My biggest problem with this one is that nowhere in the rules
> does it explicitly state that jumping a piece captures it.  That is a
> fundamental element of the game, and it's only implied in the discussions on
> captured pieces.  And, I guess, implied by it being a Checkers term.  Other
> than that, I'm fine with the game.  Any way somebody can sneak that small
> change in there before the rules are printed up for Origins (assuming it's a
> finalist)?
> Dectana: I don't like this as a finalist for two reasons.  One, it's
> inaccessible due to the Decktet requirement.  Two, it's not really original,
> being another implementation of the  Zarcana/Gnostica/Zark City concept.
> So, here's proposed list of finalists (in alphabetical order):
> Crosswalk
> Quicksand
> Stack Control
> - Jeff
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