July 26, 2003

What the heck is Icehouse?

OK - I keep hearing about htis game called "Zendo." Ity's played with Icehouse pyramid pieces, a set of parts that can be used to play a number of games (kind of like dice, or a deck of cards). But I don't know anyone who has played with these things.

Any of you folk in my readership played these games? Is it worth it for me to look into getting some of the plastic pyramids?

Maybe I should try making them out of paper.

Posted by James at July 26, 2003 2:03 AM
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I'd get the Martian Chess Set, but they say they're sold out. :(

Posted by: julie at July 27, 2003 10:41 AM

When I saw the words "ice house," I immediately thought of a really good murder mystery of the same name. Even _thinking_ about this movie makes the hair on my body stand up (I've just had a chill!). The movie is based on a book by Minette Walters, a very very very good mystery writer.

I highly recommend this movie. It'll keep you guessing until the end. Here's the link to the movie in IMDB.com: http://us.imdb.com/Title?0119348

Posted by: Patti M. at July 28, 2003 9:46 AM

Darn! It's not on DVD. So I can't rent it from Netflix, and I can't even recommend they buy it. :(

I have a feeling Blockbuster doesn't have it either.

Posted by: JP at July 28, 2003 4:54 PM

I stopped in at Academy Games in Ayer yesterday to see if they had the boxed Zendo set, but alas they did not. However they did have the stashes of icehouse pyramids and the book "playing with pyramids" that includes all the Zendo rules, so I can now play this game. Unfortunately it requires more than 2 players, and that means that the chances of my wife Patty and I playing this together are practically nil. There are some two-player games in the book, but they don't look all that interesting.

However I did recently acquire Carcassonne and it's two expansions which can be played two player and Patty and I have had a lot of fun with that. It's a terrific game. I recently got the opportunity to play Puerto Rico (thanks Brian)... and that was fun, but I doubt it works very well as a two-player game.

Since Patty and I never get invited anywhere together, most games we end up buying have to be playable as two-player games. As a result many cool games are just pointless for us to buy and learn. Carcassonne is a notable exception however, so if you're not familiar with it you may want to look into it. Thanks Patti and Bob for introducing me to that game.

If you've never played it, check it out, it is fun! (http://tinyurl.com/ig2u)

We do have one friend who visits us occasionally, so the next time that happens, maybe we'll try out Zendo and I'll let y'all know what happens.

Posted by: Chuck S. at July 29, 2003 6:31 PM

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