My mother-in-law was in a rather severe car accident a few weeks ago. She is home from the hospital and recovering from surgery to her elbow, arm, and hand. We plan to visit soon, but we are faced with a dilemma: What three-player games are appropriate when one player can't easily hold a hand of cards and really only has use of one hand?
Friday, April 22, 2016
Sunday, February 24, 2013
|(c) Meridae Games|
Used by permission
Glenn and I met Doug Bass of Meridae Games for a demo of Garden Dice (designer Doug Bass, artist Joshua Cappel, publisher Meridae), which I'd seen on Kickstarter and which is now available. Garden Dice is an interesting game of dice allocation in which players use a roll of four dice to acquire seeds of various values, plant them in a garden based on grid coordinates from two of the dice, and subsequently water and harvest them for points. There are run and set-collection bonus scores at the end of the game. The most interesting part is the geographic element. Watering higher-value plants benefits adjacent lower-value plants, regardless of who owns them, so there is an opportunity to take advantage of an opponent's placement to get watering and harvesting actions for free. Players also can add a sundial to the garden to modify the grid coordinate dice rolls or a garden gnome to improve rolls for acquiring seed, watering plants, and harvesting vegetables. Players can further introduce a bird to the garden to eat other players' seed or a rabbit to eat vegetables before they are harvested, although seed can be protected by an upgrade of the sundial to a scarecrow.