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ABOUT MY HISTORY WITH LOONEY LABS...
I used to go to the monthly Mostly Looney Game Night in the Boston area. I've invented a few Icehouse pyramid games, including Pylon, which won the 2007 Icehouse Game Design Competition, and Quintazone, which also uses an Aquarius deck.
HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT LOONEY LABS?
I'm a software engineer who plays a lot of games.
LOONEY LABS GAMES I PLAY/PROMOTE:
Fluxx, Looney Pyramids, Time Travel Games, Aquarius

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At 9:20am on February 21, 2012, Matthew Rogers said…

I started playing Quintazone with the older deck, in the sense that I purged all of the added Element cards to get a feel for how it worked without them. The only issue I could see with including the new Element cards was the ratio of pyramids to cards/panels/zones, and although I haven't playtested my suggested alternate with all numbers of players, I think it will work fine, and the math turns out to be elegant: trios/player = 7 - n, where n is the number of players. The increase in cards does demand a larger playing surface, of course.

I like your zone terminology, Caracassonne pun aside. The closest equivalent in the official Aquarius rules is "chain," which they admit is misleading, because an Aquarius "chain" can have branches in a way that "chains" ordinarily don't. The term used in Pantopia is "territory," which is confusing, because in pretty much all other card-and-'mid games, "territory" is used to mean "single card on the table that pyramids may occupy." Zark City has multi-card "blocks," but the panels in Aquarius complicate the idea, since there may be (usually are!) multiple non-overlapping zones on a single card.

Last night I played a couple of games of Kaeru, which is a nice little IceQuarius game. But as a serious Gnostica fan, I'm expecting big things of Pantopia.

I'll give Elementary a try and let you know what I think.
At 9:56pm on February 19, 2012, Matthew Rogers said…

Hello, I just played a couple of games of Quintazone and enjoyed it, thanks! (I don't have any previous experience with Carcassonne.) I even added to the rules on the icehousegames.org wiki some suggestions for a variant setup using the new, larger Aquarius deck.

In your user page on the wiki, it says that you've got some other alternate Aquarius games that you've designed, but the links don't seem to work for me. Are the details on these still available on the web somewhere?  

 
 
 

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