Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Assassination Game Le - Review

On holiday I tried out a whole bunch of Piecepack games, one of them was “The Assassination Game Le”. This game uses just the basic Piecepack and is for 3 or 4 players.

The theme is thin, each player is an assassin that is trying to kill the player that is “it”. The player that is “it” is trying to stay out of the way of the assassin players and visit each players base.

Setting up is very simple. The tiles are laid out face down in a 5x5 board with the central space removed, grid side up. The empty space is the “safe house”. A Coin from each suit is placed on each edge of the board and these are the bases for each Assassin.

You roll off to see who is the victim, the other players will be assassins. The victim's pawn is placed in the safe house. The Assassins are placed on the appropriate base (coin). The Assassins all get to move first. Each rolls a die and can move the number of spaces indicated by the die. Null means they don't move, Ace is a 1 space move. All movement is orthogonal.

The Assassins are trying to land on the space occupied by the victim by exact roll. When they manage this the Assassin becomes the Victim and is immediately moved to the safe house. The previous victim remains in place but is now an assassin.

The victim player rolls a die just like the assassins for movement, but re-rolls if he gets a Null. His aim is to land on each of the bases (coins) of the assassins. Once again this has to be by exact roll.

So that's it. It is a very simple game and based entirely on roll-and-move. I tried it once, I will not try it again. I really would rather play Snakes and Ladders.

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