The shelf life of your favorite board games just got longer. R. Wayne Schmittberger--game inventor and frequent contributor to Games
magazine--has canonized the house rules and variations of a plethora of games in this fascinating book. Imagine playing Toric Scrabble
, where words can go off the right side of the board and "wraparound" to the left. Or how about a round of Tactical Nuclear Risk
, where each player is given a couple of bombs to lob at enemy territory?
And if changing the rules isn't enough for you, you can change the object of the game, as in Extinction Chess, which is played exactly like normal chess except you lose if your opponent captures all of your pieces of a single type. Losing your king will still cost you the game, but so will losing your queen, your two rooks, or even all eight pawns!
Schmittberger has long been considered an expert of games, and he lives up to his title in this engrossing volume. New Rules for Classic Games contains not only clever twists on popular board games but also the rules for dozens of pastimes playable with common equipment, and even a section devoted to games that can be played with nothing more than a pencil and paper. This book is great in its own right, and it will give those board games that you have lurking in the closet a new lease on life. --Matthew Baldwin
From Library Journal
Purists will cringe at the author's contention that game rules need not always be followed. Others may hail his (and others') ingenuity, however, because he offers hundreds of new ways to make old games more challenging, fairer, and sometimes, well, just different. Players who have grown tired of playing the same games over and over may find new appeal when they vary Scrabble by allowing words to run off one side of the board and finish on the opposite side. Others may like to race their kings across a chessboard. Many versions of checkers and card, dice, and word games are also suggested for modification, as well as popular board games such as Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit. Highly recommended for public libraries.- Will Hepfer, SUNY at Buffalo Libs.
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