This Thanksgiving, we were able to spend time with Zach’s family which meant time to test the game with new people. We have been known to bring a huge bag of games with us to family events. Think Mary Poppin’s bag, at least that’s what Zach refers to it as. The event was the fourth time we had the game out with family or friends. It is really taking shape now, so we say it is in the testing phase. Our new add this week was a survey to this blog so that each time we or someone plays, they can fill in questions or tweaks. As we got feedback, I (Rachel) was found playing with our iPad in my lap taking notes to remember later.
One of Zach’s hardest things to figure out has been how to start the game. In the first version, the start was putting four cards per player out on the table. Instead of giving each player their four cards, each person had to pick from the middle randomly. One card per player was turned upward so everyone could see it. The first person who picked that card got to place their piece first and go first. That person also had to give up another card to another player in order to get this ‘honor’. Zach likes to play games with more strategy and less chance. He felt this would give him a sense of more control. It wasn’t working as we thought, so we started playing with just picking a person to go first when we played the next two times. At the beginning of this week, he came up with a new start.
This starting move was each player puts out a number of fingers between 0-5 on the count of 3. Whoever has the highest number that isn’t matched by another player’s number goes first. In this game, there are 3 starting positions and we have discovered going first is definitely favorable because you can be close to the desired Black Market tile and get there potentially first to grab equipment cards. After our latest play though, the starting mode is back up for review.
What interesting ideas might you have for starting a game? Share comments with us below. We are open for feedback and ideas!!
Until then, we’ll keep trying different modes of starting the game!