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Video+Info: How to Play Ingenious by Fantasy Flight Games

Danny from ZiaComics.com teaches us how to play the abstract strategy game Ingenious by Fantasy Flight Games. This is a game for 1-4 players age 10+ and should take 45 minutes to play a complete game.

Official Description

In Ingenious, a.k.a. Einfach Genial, players take turns placing colored domino-style tiles on a game board, scoring for each line of colored symbols that they enlarge. The trick, however, is that a player’s score is equal to their worst-scoring color, not their best, so they need to score for all colors instead of specializing in only one or two.

In more detail, the game includes 120 domino-style tiles, each consisting of two conjoined hexes; each hex has one of six colors in it, with most tiles having different-colored hexes. Each player has a rack with six tiles on it, and on a turn a player places one tile from their rack onto two hexes of the game board. For each hex on this tile, they score one point in that color for each hex of the same color that lies adjacent to it and each hex in a straight line from it. If a player brings the score of a color to 18, they immediately take another turn. At the end of their turn, they refill their rack to six tiles. (Before refilling their rack, if they have no tiles on it that contain hexes in their lowest-scoring color, they can discard all of their tiles, then draw six new tiles from the bag.)

When no more tiles can be placed on the game board or when one player scores 18 in each color, the game ends. Players then compare their lowest scores, and whoever has the highest low score wins.

Ingenious includes rules for solitaire and team play; in the latter case, two teams of two play, with each player not being able to see their partner’s tiles and teams keeping a combined score that maxes out at 36 instead of 18.

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TNTM: Talkin Table Top Strategy Games

Top 5 Strategy Games

Trevor and Danny share their top 5 strategy games with us. A strategy or strategic game is one where the players decision-making skills have a high significance in determining the outcome.

The term “strategy” means generalship. It differs from “tactics” in that it refers to the general scheme of things, whereas “tactics” refers to organization and execution.

There are different types of strategy games.

Abstract strategy

In abstract strategy games, the game is only loosely tied to a thematic concept, if at all. The rules do not attempt to simulate reality, but rather serve the internal logic of the game.

Team strategy

Team strategy is a plan of how a team intends to win a battle. Teamwork is the most fundamental concept in team strategy.

Eurogames

Eurogames, or German-style board games, are a relatively new genre that sit between abstract strategy games and simulation games. They generally have simple rules, short to medium playing times, indirect player interaction, and abstract physical components. The games emphasize strategy, play down chance and conflict, lean towards economic rather than military themes, and usually keep all the players in the game until it ends.

Simulation

This type of game is an attempt to simulate the decisions and processes inherent to some real-world situation. Most of the rules are chosen to reflect what the real-world consequences would be of each player action and decision.

War Game

War Games are simulations of military battles, campaigns, or entire wars. Players will have to consider situations that are analogous to the situations faced by leaders of historical battles. Traditionally, war games have been played either with miniatures, using physical models of detailed terrain and miniature representations of people and equipment to depict the game state; or on a board, which commonly uses cardboard counters on a hex map.

Turn-based

Turn-based strategy is where players take turns when playing. This is distinguished from real time strategy where all players play simultaneously. Turn-based doesn’t depend upon the player’s reaction speed. The game waits for the player to declare their move(s), as in a game of chess. This provides more thoughtful game pacing, but has a pretty significant downside in a multiplayer setting,

As you can see, strategy games take all if not most of the “luck” aspect out of the game. Strategy games are usually won by the person who employs the best tactics. We hope this video helps you choose the next game for your inventory.

Strategy Games List
Strategy Games List

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