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Product code: AC1979
In Patchwork, two players compete to build the most aesthetic
(and high-scoring) patchwork quilt on a personal 9x9 game board. To
start play, lay out all of the patches at random in a circle and place a
marker directly counter-clockwise of the 2-1 patch. Each player takes
five buttons — the currency/points in the game — and someone is chosen
as the start player.
On a turn, a player either purchases one of the three patches standing
clockwise of the spool or passes. To purchase a patch, you pay the cost
in buttons shown on the patch, advance your time token on the time track
a number of spaces equal to the time shown on the patch, move the spool
to that patch's location in the circle, then add the patch to your game
board. You're free to place the patch anywhere on your board that
doesn't overlap other patches, but you probably want to fit things
together as tightly as possible. If your time token is behind or on top
of the other player's time token, then you take another turn; otherwise
the opponent now goes. Instead of purchasing a patch, you can choose to
pass; to do this, you move your time token to the space immediately in
front of the opponent's time token, then take one button from the bank
for each space you moved.
In addition to a button cost and time cost, each patch also features 0-3
buttons, and when you move your time token past a button on the time
track, you sum the number of buttons on your game board, then take this
many buttons from the bank.
What's more, the time track depicts five 1x1 patches on it, and during
set-up you place five actual 1x1 patches on these spaces. Whoever first
passes a patch on the time track claims this patch and immediately
places it on his game board.
When a player takes an action that moves his time token to the central
square of the time track, he places the purchased patch (assuming he had
purchased one and wasn't passing), then takes one final button scoring
from the bank. Once both players are in the center, each player loses
two buttons for each blank square on his game board. Whoever has the
most buttons wins.
Eclectic Games, Reading - Fri Aug 14 12:28:47 BST 2020 [web4]