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Branches, Twigs, and Thorns (Jump Right In!)

Designer/Publisher: Andrew Plotkin
Rules: (Local)
Date Added: 2005 Sep 09
Boardgame Geek Entry: 17298
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SDG Rank: 105 (-4 points, 20 votes)
Keywords (edit): 2 or More, 8x8 Board, Icehouse
Plays Avg. Length Avg. Time First Player Wins Avg. Score Size of Sample
352 14 moves 20d:13h:10m:6s 64.91% 0.26 265 games

An AI opponent is available for this game!

Branches and Twigs and Thorns (or "Barsoomite Go") is an elegant little strategy game for two or four players that uses Icehouse pieces. It is a turn-based game, unlike Icehouse or IceTowers; and there is no luck involved. Like Martain Go, it uses a chessboard, a set of Icehouse pieces for each player, and a collection of tokens (at least ten per player). Players seek to build chains of pieces of their own color and to force their opponents to branch off from opposing pieces of their opponent's colors, which results in a penalty determined by the sizes of the pieces involved.

Username Rating Comments
goulo 2 A neat little "go lite" blokus/cathedral kind of game with Icehouse pyramids. It has become a sentimental favorite even though the start player seems to have a nontrivial advantage in the 2-player version.
Uglyfoot 2
fnord 1
mathochist 1
nycavri 1 Surprising depth from such seemingly straightforward rules.
rootbeer 1
Cerulean 0 Not worth playing with just 2 players, but fun with 4.
jeep 0 2 player just isn't very fun anymore. Multi-player is good.
Mandrel 0
unic 0 Simple area-control game... not sure how well it will hold up to repeated plays.
Aaron -1
Dandolo -1
dralius -1
Hedge_o_Matic -1 It seems clear long before the game ends who will eventually win.
Joe_Hill -1
Laurie_Menke -1 First-player advantage too high in my opinion.
Lexicon -1
neilb -1 Played one game so far, and apart from a mistake by the opponent, we just seemed to roll to the end with not much going on.
anirtak -2
jonah -2

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