Let me introduce you to something I've recently discovered. It's a game... actually, it's a set of pieces. That's the nice thing, is Treehouse/Icehouse are more game pieces for a variety of games than actual games in themselves. Let me start with the name explanation. Icehouse was the original name of the game which used the pieces now commonly called Icehouse pieces. The only current game you can buy with Icehouse pieces is called Treehouse. Confused yet? Let me illustrate:
(Picture stolen from BGG
That's a selection of the pieces in question. Each Treehouse set comes with one of each of three sizes in one of each of 5 colours, making 15 pieces per set. This is enough to play Treehouse with 4 players, not to mention a plethora of other games (Link
). Ordering multiple sets allows the playing of even more games at that link.
The game I've fallen in love with is called Zendo. If you ever played the peg game Mastermind as a kid, that's a deductive game, and Zendo is it's inductive cousin. (If you're interested in the difference between deductive logic and inductive logic, give this thread
on BGG a read). I'm also generally intrigued by the plethora of little things you can do with Treehouse pieces, including just playing with them as building blocks which playing other games.
So I've ordered some Treehouse sets. This will be interesting fun for both the Tuesday evening group and SWARM, although exactly when will depend on when the order arrives.