My thrift shop trips are not always spent going through the racks of clothes. Sometimes I like to look for housewares, items to repurpose (if anyone finds a large knife block, holler at your girl), and puzzles or games.
Games such as Qwirkle.
The Librarian and I took a test run and we had a great evening trying to outwit each other.
The game of Qwirkle consists of 108 wooden blocks with six different shapes in six different colors. There is no board, players simply use an available flat surface.
Players begin the game with six blocks. The start player places blocks of a single matching attribute (color or shape but not both) on the table. Thereafter, a player adds blocks adjacent to at least one previously played block. The blocks must all be played in a line and match, without duplicates, either the color or shape of the previous block.
Players score one point for each block played plus all blocks adjacent. It is possible for a block to score in more than one direction. If a player completes a line containing all six shapes or colors, an additional six points are scored. The player then refills his hand to six blocks.
The game ends when the draw bag is depleted and one player plays all of his remaining blocks, earning a six point bonus. The player with the high score wins.
The game appears to be a simple match game but a little more strategy is involved. Making sure your tiles are in the best space, placed by color or shape, took some thought and plotting. Since it was just the two of us playing the game took a bit longer to complete but I did not find myself feeling like quitting or giving up. I played to the end.
There is a way to keep score but we just bypassed scoring and played. I love the idea of board games but don’t always have the patience to see the game out. This game lasted about 35 minutes and I did not find myself bored or ready to quit; I wanted to win darnit. I think NOT keeping score added to my enjoyment
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