Patchwork Express Game
Simplifies gameplay for a younger audience (ages 6+) by reducing the area of the board to 7x7 and using less-complex shapes and fewer rules.
Inspired by patchwork quilting, this simple, quick-to-play strategy game is a race to complete as much of a quilt as possible. To begin, a series of colorful cardboard quilting fabrics (in a wide variety of sizes and shapes) are laid out on the table around a central board. Each patchwork piece has an associated button and time cost. Buttons are the currency and victory points of the game, while time forces players to move their tokens forward a certain number of spaces. Certain pieces also give players valuable â??button incomeâ??, triggered by specific spaces of the board. Players take turns (based on board position) moving forward, making money or buying patchwork pieces, and assembling them on their 9x9 gridded boards. The trick is to assemble the oddly-shaped fabrics together in a sensible manner, avoiding holes in the quilt which cannot be filled. The first player to assemble a perfect 7x7 square on his board wins a valuable 7-button reward. Perfect for strategists young and old. 2 players, ~30 minutes.
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