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Guess What – Game #37

In this game you get to create your own rules, and the other players have to guess what they are. It is inspired by the card game Eleusis, created in 1956. Continue reading “Guess What – Game #37”

All Your Base – Game #36

In AD 2101, war was beginning… Build up your base and install the correct hardware and software on your defence stations to prepare for the oncoming attack. In this game for up to 6 players you play cards from your hand to perform one of three actions, and pass the cards you don’t need to the next player. Continue reading “All Your Base – Game #36”

Memory – Game #35

You can play a simple and a more advanced version of the classic Memory game with the Green Box. The simple version is played with the tiles, and players try to find two matching symbols. The advanced version is played with the cards, and players try to find cards matching on *two* of the following: Symbol, colour or background.

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Jump Gate – Game #34

You are the captain of a cargo ship making pickup rounds across the universe. Roll the die to reach new planets with cargo to pick up, pass through jump gates that send you into different parts of the galaxy, and play cards to move forwards or backwards if you don’t end up exactly where you wanted to. Continue reading “Jump Gate – Game #34”

Snakes and Ladders – Game #33

Snakes and Ladders is an ancient Indian classic, imported to England in 1892 and published in the USA in 1943. It is a game of pure chance and pure frustration, just about as simple as a game can get, and just about as intellectually unrewarding as a game can get as well. Nevertheless, it is played by children all over the world, and with the Green Box components it can serve as a starting point for getting creative and thinking about game design.

The basic gameplay of Snakes and Ladders are shared by many different games: Roll, move, see what happens. In the following setup we use arrow tiles for climbing up and drop tiles for falling down. With just these tiles you can create a variety of tracks, and have more fun building the board than playing through it. Then you can move on to come up with alternative rules for other symbols and keep playing around. Continue reading “Snakes and Ladders – Game #33”

Flower Garden – Game #32

In Flower Garden you compete to create the most beautiful garden. Play your cards in the shop to acquire flowers, or use them to create beds to plant you flowers in. And make sure you get all your flowers planted, or they will dry out and reduce your score. Continue reading “Flower Garden – Game #32”

Cube Solitaire – Game #31

Peg Solitaire, or simply Solitaire, is a single player game dating back several centuries. Usually played on a board with holes and pegs, or marbles, it can be easily set up with the Green Box. Continue reading “Cube Solitaire – Game #31”

Fox & Geese – Game #30

Fox and Geese is an abstract asymmetric strategy game for two players with ancient roots. Continue reading “Fox & Geese – Game #30”

Fawlty Towers – Game #29

This simple game aims to blend tactical choices with dexterity, and requires you to balance the risk of stacking cubes on the tallest tower against the reward of getting the highest valued cards on the table. (And yes, the name is a tribute to John Cleese and Connie Booth) Continue reading “Fawlty Towers – Game #29”

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