Patchwork: Can You Put All the Pieces Together?

Tile-laying board games can be super fun for anyone who loves abstract strategy or puzzles. Patchwork gives you all of the fun of these classic board tile-laying board games wrapped up tightly in a big, snuggly quilt. The goal of Patchwork is to piece together the most finely crafted, tight-knit quilt possible in order to earn the highest amount of buttons and win the game. Do you have what it takes to put the pieces together?

Purchasing Patches

Players are each given their own 9×9 game board on which to patch together their quilt, laying the pieces down in whichever arrangement they choose. In order to earn more buttons, you’ll want to cover up as much of your board as possible by making sure the pieces fit snugly together.

At the beginning of the board game, players are given five buttons with which to purchase patches for their quilt. Players will lay out all of the patches in a circle in random order, then place a spool on a spot along the circle. Each turn gives you two options: either purchase one of the three patches located clockwise to the spool or pass.

Buying patches requires you to pay the cost in buttons as indicated on the patch. If you choose to buy a patch, you’ll move the spool to that patch’s location in the circle and add the patch to your board. Remember, you’re trying to fit the pieces together as tightly as possible, so be sure there’s room for it on your board before you fork over the buttons.

Time Tokens

The length of the game is measured using tokens on a time track. Once your turn is up, you’ll move your token along the time track however many spaces are indicated on the patch you purchased. If your time token is either behind the other player’s token or on top of it, then you get to go again. If your time token is in front of theirs, then it’s your opponent’s turn.

If you decide to pass instead of buying a patch, then you’ll move your time token to the space directly in front of your opponent’s. You’ll also earn one button for every space you moved. The time track also contains five 1×1 patches, which players can claim if they manage to get there before the other player. These are perfect for filling in holes on your board and boosting your points.

Players also have a chance to earn button income each time they pass a button on the time track. Each of your patches will indicate a certain number of buttons between zero and three. Once you’ve passed the button spot, you’ll add up all of the button income on your quilt and take it from the bank.

The game ends once both players reach the center of the time track. Players will then score one point for every button they have and lose two points for every empty square on their board. The player who collected the most points wins the game!

Patchwork Sequels

Patchwork comes with two sequel board games that take the original fun of Patchwork and morph it into something new. Patchwork Doodle is a roll-and-write version of the original game, allowing you to draw in the pieces of your quilt instead of laying the pieces. 

Patchwork Express takes the original game and brings it down to a smaller scale. With a 7×7 game board and larger pieces, this board game simplifies the original game and makes it perfect for players as young as six.

Become the Button Master with Patchwork

Patchwork is a two-person game, as it comes with only two playing boards. It’s perfect for one-on-one games between kids and adults. It’s also suitable for ages 8 and up, as younger players can easily pick up the rules without too much trouble. The great thing about Patchwork is that it’s easy to learn, but hard to master.

Playing time lasts between 15-30 minutes, so you can easily play a few rounds or just fit in a quick game before dinner. Buy Patchwork today and become the ultimate master of the buttons!

 

Jaipur: May The Best Merchant Win

Unlike traditional card games like War or Rummy, Jaipur tells a decadent and captivating story. Each player is one of the most powerful traders in the city of Jaipur, which is the capital of Rajasthan. However, the two traders are determined to become the best merchant in the city in order to earn an invitation to the court of the Maharaja. In order to beat the other player and earn your invitation, you’ll have to buy, trade, and sell enough goods to earn two Seals of Excellence. But don’t forget about the camels in the other player’s herd, or else they might bite you when you’re not looking!

Take or Sell?

Jaipur is set up with an incredibly simple turn-based structure. Players get one of two moves to make each turn: to take cards or to sell goods. If you choose to take cards, you have several different options. Taking one card allows you to draw for free, while taking multiple cards requires you to replenish the market with cards from your own hand. You can also take all of the face up Camel Cards from the marketplace during your turn, adding these precious beings to your Herd. You can only have up to 7 cards in your hand at a time.

If you choose to sell goods, then you’ll discard anywhere from 1-5 cards of the same type (these can be Diamonds, Gold, Silver, etc). This will earn you the same number of Goods Tokens as the number of cards you sold. However, there is a catch. The value of the Goods Tokens goes down throughout the course of the game, so there is a huge incentive to sell as much as you can as early as you can. You also get greater rewards for selling multiple cards at once, so it’s up to you to figure out the best time to sell.

Goods vs.Camels

Jaipur is played in three rounds, each round of which ends once 3 of the 6 sets of Goods Tokens have been depleted. At the end of each round, the player with the highest number of points wins a Seal of Excellence Token. The first player to win two tokens is declared the winner. To win a round, you’ll need to sell a decent number of goods. Selling 3-5 cards of the same type will earn you Bonus Tiles, while certain goods cannot be sold in quantities of less than 2.

That being said, there is another way to earn points besides selling goods. Whoever has the biggest herd of camels is awarded the 5-point Camel Bonus Token, which might be just the thing you need to push you over the edge. Who knew just how valuable these spitting creatures could be?

However, in order to take a Camel Card, you have to replace it with cards from the draw pile. This can result in new cards being added to the marketplace at just the wrong time, allowing your opponent to nab the card they need in order to best you. You’ll also need to keep an eye on the number of Camel Cards you and your opponent each draw. This is because there are only 11 in the deck, but you cannot view the number of cards your opponent has in their herd.

Trade Your Way To the Top with Jaipur

Jaipur is a two-person card game, which is perfect for one-on-one rounds between friends or family. It’s suitable for ages 12 and up, so siblings can definitely get some good enjoyment out of playing a few rounds at home or on the go. Playing time lasts around 30 minutes, although you can easily play Jaipur through a couple of times without getting bored of it.

Jaipur excels at being a fast-paced card game that expertly blends strategy and luck. Gamers and non-gamers alike can enjoy its simple gameplay and high risk, while children will be able to learn about things like set collection and how to keep an eye on your opponent. The rounds go pretty quickly, which is great to keep the pace going throughout the game.

Buy this card game today and enjoy the spoils of your wares!

 

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