Re: [piecepack] Re: Genesis, Cloning, Possibilities
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- Subject: Re: [piecepack] Re: Genesis, Cloning, Possibilities
- From: "Jim/Diane Doherty" <dianejim@...>
- Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2001 18:33:18 -0400
> It seems like the greatest strength of the piecepack might lie in
>the creation of abstract games.
Funny you should say that, James. Because I have the nearly
opposite point of view. :)
[Hey, what good is an email discussion list, beyond throwing
a wrench into things?]
While the piecepack components are certainly abstract, and are
therefore ideal for creating abstract games, to me they are only
a small piece of the piecepack puzzle. I see them as currency,
tokens, chits, markers, and so on -- the things that are necessary to
keep a game going, but not so much the things that are the game
In my head, I see the piecepack as board game components
in need of detailed surroundings. Add a chessboard,
a map of the world, a lego set, a deck of cards, a LARP, some
fantasy miniatures, 10 30-sided dice, plastic tanks, and/or some
vampire character sheets, and you've got yourself a heck of a
piecepack game. And not abstract at all.
Cheapass Games -- my apologies for bringing them up, I have the
same problems with them that you do -- began with a concept of
"We provide the rules, you provide the accessories." But they
would still sell you a board and some cards. It was never their
intention to create a game that needed nothing other than a few
six-sided dice. They've been trying to add value to your accessories.
I view the piecepack as The Ultimate Accessory (overstated hype
my own). I'd like to design non-abstract games wherein I provide
the concrete components, and use the piecepack for its randomizer,
ability to hide information, pawns, orientations, suits and values.
But that's just me, and as a permanent disclaimer, I might be insane. :)
Eight Foot Llama
PS This is not meant to discourage the abstract designers out there.
By all means, go for it, while I work on my 30-sided-die vampire tanks!
PPS Design contests are definitely a good idea.