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Advice on running a Zendo session.
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I'm attending a conference this week in which I volunteered to run a Zendo session.  For those of you who've done such a thing before, I wonder if you have any advice.  Before my questions, please…Continue

Tags: zendo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ryan McGuire 9 hours ago.

New Pyramid game: Logistics
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Continuing my goal of creating 10 pyramid games in 2014, I present my latest (and greatest?) effort.Logistics is a game of pyramid transportation and capture using a Mancala-like movement and capture…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fogus Sep 5.

New Pyramid game: Pungo
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Though it wasn't a resolution per se, I challenged myself to invent 10 pyramid games in 2014.  While I have a few in various stages of development, I recently "completed" a game called Pungo.Pungo…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Fogus Aug 24.

Martian Moleskine
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While searching for a way to make Martian Chess more portable for any upcoming trip, I happened upon a way to repurpose a small Moleskine notebook and some Chessex dice.Behold!  Continue

Tags: chess, martian

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joseph Carter Jun 16.

 

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Ryan McGuire replied to Fogus's discussion 'Advice on running a Zendo session.'
"Everything Russ said, except I wouldn't ask a newcomer if they want to master a game until they've had at least three or so games under their belt.  Even if the first winner proactively asks to master the next game, I'd tend to…"
9 hours ago
Fogus replied to Fogus's discussion 'Advice on running a Zendo session.'
"I'm all set in the pyramids department.  Thanks. :)"
yesterday
Kell Brigan replied to Fogus's discussion 'Advice on running a Zendo session.'
"You might stock up on pyramids (or borrow some extras). I wound up with 8 people per game, and we played for over three hours. We needed 8 stashes and a big table!"
yesterday
Russ Williams replied to Fogus's discussion 'Advice on running a Zendo session.'
"Especially with non-gamers, I often introduce the game without guessing stones. Just say you can make a guess as part of your turn if you wish. (And then there's no problem with people dropping in or out of the game.) Keep the koan rules…"
yesterday
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Advice on running a Zendo session.

I'm attending a conference this week in which I volunteered to run a Zendo session.  For those of you who've done such a thing before, I wonder if you have any advice.  Before my questions, please keep in mind the following:Not everyone in attendance will be a gamerHowever, they will all be highly technical thinkersThere will be ~10-12 in attendance at any given momentI'd love smaller groups over one large groupPeople may drift in and outA cooperative experience rather than adversarial will…See More
yesterday
Fogus replied to Fogus's discussion 'New Pyramid game: Logistics'
"I went ahead and added a game fragment for illustrative purposes.  I hope this helps to clarify the rules.  Thanks again."
Sep 5
Fogus replied to Fogus's discussion 'New Pyramid game: Logistics'
"> Sorry if I'm coming off as annoying. ^_^ Not at all.  Quite the contrary. Thank you."
Sep 5
Erik Walton replied to Fogus's discussion 'New Pyramid game: Logistics'
"Sorry if I'm coming off as annoying. ^_^ Like I said, I really like your idea here. I just needed a little bit of clarification; I blame it on years of 40k, trying to fight rules-lawyers."
Sep 5
Fogus replied to Fogus's discussion 'New Pyramid game: Logistics'
"You can only sow into the vault if the number of sowed pyramids puts the last one into the vault. When that happens only the pyramid sowed into the vault is kept, the others are still on the play area cards.  When sowing into the vault…"
Sep 5
Erik Walton replied to Fogus's discussion 'New Pyramid game: Logistics'
"So if a player sows into their vault with two or more pyramids left, do they all go into the vault, and you only get the free move if it's exactly one pyramid landing in the vault?"
Sep 5
Fogus replied to Fogus's discussion 'New Pyramid game: Logistics'
"1) The sowing happens just like in Manacala - one pyramid per cell. 2) You never sow into the opponent's row unless a capture power allows you to manipulate one of their pieces. I'll modify the rules a bit to make these bot more…"
Sep 5
Erik Walton replied to Fogus's discussion 'New Pyramid game: Logistics'
"Very interesting. I'm digging this idea, I felt like there must be some way to incorporate mancala and pyramids too. Nice work. When a player sows the pieces, is your intent to do it exactly like mancala, so one "piece" is distributed…"
Sep 5
Fogus posted a discussion

New Pyramid game: Logistics

Continuing my goal of creating 10 pyramid games in 2014, I present my latest (and greatest?) effort.Logistics is a game of pyramid transportation and capture using a Mancala-like movement and capture mechanism for 2 players.  It requires 1 IceDice set per player (more for a larger board) and plays in 15-30 minutes.The rules are on the Icehouse games wiki at …See More
Sep 4
Fogus replied to Fogus's discussion 'New Pyramid game: Pungo'
"Thanks.  I hope you enjoy the game.  Just to be clear.  I love PH very much, so this was not an attempt to "fix" it.  Instead, it was more an exercise in exploring remove luck from it that yielded interesting results. :)"
Aug 24
Erik Walton replied to Fogus's discussion 'New Pyramid game: Pungo'
"A very interesting way to counter the die rolling in Pink Hijinks. I have wondered if chance was a little too high in PH, but we enjoy it enough to not worry. We'll try your variant next time we play though!"
Aug 24
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ABOUT MY HISTORY WITH LOONEY LABS...
Only recently discovered the joys of gaming. Found Looney and fell in love.
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Programming language and database designer.
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