Saturday, April 21, 2012

On The Horizon: another Wallace deck-builder...

One of the loveliest games for me this past year was Martin Wallace's A Few Acres of Snow.  The designer of one of my all-time favourites, Age of Steam, took on deck-building and Canadian history in a very dense 2-player strategy/war game.  Not one I get to play much but thrilling in its complexity.  Having said that, according to many gamers (including my friends who just borrowed it), AFAOS is broken and there is a strategy that will win for the British every time.  Guess I'm too dumb to have figured it out. 

In any case, good old Marty has been working on a more symmetrical multi-player version in a fantasy setting and I can't friggin' wait.  The new game Mythopia has been described as a cross between Risk and Dominion.  Fantastic.  Two suggestions if you're out there listening, Martin:

1)  Could you simplify the rules just a bit so I can play it with the hubby;  and

2)  Not so fond of the name Mythopia.  Maybe a new title?

By the way, if you've never heard the term "Halifax Hammer", I would highly recommend A Few Acres of Snow.  It's brilliant even if only for a few games until you get the above term.