On Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 10:35 PM, Nick Lamicela <nupanick@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > I love running the prime rule. Once I ran it for some friends in high > school, and they finally gave up after going at it for an hour. When I told > them the answer, they pointed to the koan with only one pyramid and > complained that "the number 1 is only divisible by itself, so it should > count as prime." I think I must have been the only person in my circle of > friends who enjoyed math more than any other class. I like the prime rule, too. Are we talking about "prime number of 'mids" or "prime number of pips"? But I think it's too hard for brand-new students. One thing I do when teaching new players, in part to show them how tricky even a supposedly simple rule is, is to show the game mechanics with an "open" game: I tell them the rule I'm using ("akhtbni it contains at least one blue pyramid"), and talk through each step of the mechanics. Then I play a real game, using "akhtbni it contains at least one red pyramid", and marvel at how long it takes, even when the rough idea was just shown to them.