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Not a Patch on You - Patchwork Board Game Review

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04 Feb 2020 00:30 #306841 by thegiantbrain
Patching up
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The range of theme in hobby games took a long time to break out of its geek origins. The majority of games were sci-fi, fantasy, or real world war based with little consideration given to gentler colours. As the hobby grows, and especially from the German school of design, we got themes of farming, trading in the Mediterranean, and farming.

In recent years we have seen an explosion of different themes from birds, to city building and even making quilts. Forget all those other themes though, who wants to make a quilt? No-one? Hear me out.

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04 Feb 2020 16:48 - 04 Feb 2020 16:50 #306842 by birdman37
Nice article, thanks for bringing some attention to one of my most played games!

You neglected to mention how passing works - it's most often an (unfortunate) mandatory choice when you simply can't afford any of the next three patches, but sometimes, just sometimes, it's the smartest choice to make.

This is one of the few games I own where we happily write people's top scores in the box lid.
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05 Feb 2020 06:54 #306851 by thegiantbrain
I don't always dive down into all the mechanics of a given game, in fact in general I've been trying to move to a more narrative style over the last year when reviewing games. It's always a struggle to get the balance between mechanical explanation and emotional feel correct.
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05 Feb 2020 07:14 #306852 by Ah_Pook
Have you tried Patchwork Express? I didn't see the need to check it out, as I have Patchwork and my wife and I love it. But a friend of mine got Express, and it's legit the same game in half the time. Didn't seem to lose anything in the translation.

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05 Feb 2020 11:28 #306862 by thegiantbrain
I've not tried it yet. I would like to just as a comparison. I honestly have never thought that Patchwork was too long. Have you tried the roll & write version at all?

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05 Feb 2020 11:48 #306863 by Ah_Pook
That's the funny thing, I still don't think Patchwork is too long. Express is like a magic trick of fitting the same game in half the time. I haven't felt the need to buy it, it's just an interesting thing.

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05 Feb 2020 17:26 #306871 by birdman37

thegiantbrain wrote: It's always a struggle to get the balance between mechanical explanation and emotional feel correct.

Clearly you've never been forced to pass when your opponent is 6+ spaces ahead of you on the time track, you've got a half-filled quilt, and there's already precious little time remaining in the game. Take my word for it: it's truly gut-wrenching! :)

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05 Feb 2020 17:31 #306872 by birdman37

Ah_Pook wrote: That's the funny thing, I still don't think Patchwork is too long. Express is like a magic trick of fitting the same game in half the time. I haven't felt the need to buy it, it's just an interesting thing.

Original Patchwork lasts the perfect amount of time. I will never have any need for a game that lasts for half a beer.
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