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Can I use a Surprise's "Out of turn" action if I play it during my turn?
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In BGG threads I've seen some mentions that supposedly I can play a Surprise during my turn but use the "Out of turn" action. Is this actually true?The language on the card says:This card can be…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tamfang Feb 20.

New game: Stawvs
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Hi, here's another "new pyramid game" announcement.Stawvs is a game I made over a year ago and kept procrastinating writing up, and I have recently been nudged into adding it to the wiki. :)It has…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Russ Williams Jan 8, 2012.

Gnostica: Judgment too powerful?

Every time we play lately, whoever has the good fortune of drawing Judgment ends up winning, by using Judgment often to get Judgment and 2 other powerful cards from the discard. Basically, every…Continue

Started May 8, 2011


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Profile Information

I've been actively interested in Icehouse pyramids since learning Homeworlds at a game con in 2009. I like many different strategic pyramid games. I joined the Icehouse mailing list in 2010.
I am originally from the US and now live in Poland. Besides English I also speak Esperanto and a bit of Polish.

A geeklist of Icehouse pyramid games I've explored:

Pyramid games I designed:
Ricochet Pyramids

I play online at:
(user = goulo).
Fluxx, Looney Pyramids, Aquarius

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Latest Activity

Russ Williams replied to Evan Varga's discussion 'Best tarot deck to use for Gnostica or Zarcana'
"Any of dozens (hundreds?) of published tarot decks with the correct suits and major arcana should work fine, so it's basically a subjective matter of taste, i.e. which one has art you like the most! (FWIW I'm a fan of the…"
Dec 6
Russ Williams replied to Brendon Bussy's discussion 'Hi and Zark City question'
"FWIW I saw a response to what I assume was your post at BGG; perhaps your BGG subscription settings are not set to notify you about responses to your posts?"
Oct 19
Russ Williams replied to Fogus's discussion 'Advice on running a Zendo session.'
""That's 4 hours of Zendo played and enjoyed by 40-50 people, many whom were new to the game." Holy smokes, that's impressive! Glad it went so amazingly well! Congrats!"
Sep 22
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…"
Sep 15
Russ Williams replied to Fogus's discussion 'Skype-able pyramid games?'
"Not Icehouse or Icetowers. :)"
May 19
Russ Williams replied to Joseph Carter's discussion 'Possibility of eBook versions of Pyramid publications?'
"Yeah, I think it's basically a question of interest/time/energy. I'm not aware of anyone having made specific e-book format documents like mobi or whatever, as opposed to PDFs or various word processor formats."
May 15
Russ Williams replied to Fogus's discussion 'New pyramid game: Malice'
"PS: I just edited in some questions while you replied to the first one-sentence version of my comment. :)"
May 9
Russ Williams replied to Fogus's discussion 'New pyramid game: Malice'
"Ha, if nothing else, it's an amusing mash-up title! :)"
May 9
Russ Williams and Fogus are now friends
May 1
Russ Williams replied to Joshua Denmeade's discussion 'Wedding Centerpieces'
"Are you intending that the games be played at the wedding? If so, I suspect that RAMbots is rather too long and complex for that kind of setting, where the focus is presumably on the wedding and the socializing, especially if many of the guests are…"
Apr 16
Russ Williams replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid-athlon'
"I don't see the problem. Many 2-player games (e.g. Go, Chess, Pentago, etc) have tournaments with the simple system of giving 1 tournament point for each win and 0 for a loss. Or using my "devil points" system (linked earlier), +1 for…"
Mar 27
Russ Williams replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid-athlon'
"Well, I wouldn't expect "new or easily confused players" to be a "Master of The Pyramids" in any case. :)"
Mar 27
Russ Williams replied to Ryan Hackel's discussion 'Pyramid-athlon'
"I'd just score rank results from each game and combine them, ignoring specific scores. I.e. who was 1st place, who was 2nd place, etc. (E.g. see ) For a good hardcore triathalon :) I'd probably…"
Mar 25
Russ Williams replied to James Mitchell's discussion 'Erm... Pyramids? Where should I start?'
"My geeklist about pyramid games I've played might be useful:"
Mar 12
Tamfang replied to Russ Williams's discussion 'Can I use a Surprise's "Out of turn" action if I play it during my turn?'
"It might be a bit clearer to say "As a Play" (or "As an Action") rather than "During your turn"."
Feb 20
Russ Williams replied to Gregg Williams's discussion 'A cheap and compact way to store your Rainbow Stashes'
"I'm still keeping my pyramids in the original tubes, and I have a box which holds 6 tubes. What I want is to make a securely closing box that would hold a bunch of stacks of them flat in divided slots, like tubes missing one long side. But…"
Jan 29

TEXT BOX (Starship Captain info)

This is my old Starship Captain list, before some special box was made for it.

I will happily play (among others):

Alien City
Branches and Twigs and Thorns
Martian Chess
Tic Tac Doh!
Stack Control

Stawvs (my own design, which a fair number of people have played and enjoyed)


Ice Towers
Gygès (not originally for pyramids, but playable with 1 stash!)
My own prototypes :)

Russ Williams's Event Reports

Brzeg (Poland) Games Festival

I spent last weekend at a game festival in Brzeg (Poland). After a couple eurogames in a 6-person group, 3 of the players went for lunch, so I pulled out my pyramids and taught the remaining 2 Branches and Twigs and Thorns as a quick filler, and they enjoyed it enough that we played 3 times. I then taught them Icetowers, and again we played 3 times.


Later in the day, I had a request from 2 other guys for Zendo (one had played…


Posted on February 17, 2011 at 5:00am

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