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Six Reasons to pick up Pizza [Theory] tonight, plus a cautionary tale of small fish...
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I was very pleased to have a box arrive this week from Eagle-Gryphon Games containing my four copies of Pizza Theory plus the Anchovy expansion..

If the numbers on the side of the ex-manufacturer's box they were shipped in are correct, I am very pleased to have bought four of the 2508 copy initial English print run - and would suggest following reading this you should head on out and grab yourself a copy!

Kickstarter is great(skippable)

I am a huge fan of www.kickstarter.com and have backed more than 50 projects now, predominantly boardgames. Other Gryphon games I have backed include Mirror Mirror, Fleet as well as Pizza Theory of course!

Why do I love Kickstarter? - my somewhat lengthy post on the discussion here gives a good summary of what Kickstarter does in respect of the gaming free market. Anyway, onto Pizza:

A one sentance rules summary of Pizza Theory

Each player has a set of toppings, you place one each turn away from your current spots, each turn the pizza is sliced three ways and all sections of the pizza dominated by one topping colour replace all others, you win if you place all your toppings on the pizza.

Six Reasons to pick up Pizza [Theory]tonight:

1. Made for Three!

Finally I have a game in my collection that is actually made for three players, it is surprising how many times I have actually needed one of these, now I have a go to game for this situation.

2. An Innovative Design!

I own nothing like this in my collection. The game concept and mechanics are quite unique and innovative, plenty of other food games exist but in this one the theme is very real and relevant as well as being very clever in the way it is executed

3. Good for non-gamers!

My first play was with two non-gamers (thanks Kate and Cam) - they liked it and Cam, a non-geek even managed to take the game out with only very limited instruction on the game. It is always good to have a go to game for non gamers, this may even be a gateway game for some...

4. Teach Area Influence the easy way!

At its heart, this is a game about area influence. I suspect this will be a far easier way to teach area influence to children or novice gamers, than other recent releases in the same field (e.g. Fealty, which is another awesome KS game btw!).

5. Excellent componentry!

The box insert, counters, pizza board, dice and slicer sticks are all great - really nice execution, only minor complaint is that the insert is fractionally too small for the pizza board - but overall excellent presentation.

6. Playable with two!

I have already added this game to my list of games for time poor couples - it got the couples test a few nights ago and was a success. We played with the Anchovy expansion and this worked well with the fish as the third player. However, I will say as per point 1 that this is a 3 player game, so don't expect the fish to be too smart, Nicole and I easily over-powered their foul stench as soon as they were brought on-board.

I will need to explore the expansion with more play, but initial impression is it will be a great way to make this a 3 player game with 2, rather than play the random third player approach.

That's all for now - and just when you thought I'd get through the review with no puns, quotes or anecdotes...

Buy Pizza Theory, because life's too short to eat bad pizza.


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Byron Olson
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Each player has a set of toppings, you place one each turn away from current your current spots, each turn the pizza is sliced three ways and all sections of the pizza dominated by one topping colour replace all others, you win if you place all your toppings on the pizza.


Sorry. I don't understand this at all. What does "place one each turn away from current your current spots" mean?
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soiledshortz wrote:
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Each player has a set of toppings, you place one each turn away from current your current spots, each turn the pizza is sliced three ways and all sections of the pizza dominated by one topping colour replace all others, you win if you place all your toppings on the pizza.


Sorry. I don't understand this at all. What does "place one each turn away from current your current spots" mean?


XO
AXO
XO

A= your topping on the pizza
X= you can't put a new topping here.
O= where you can put a new topping.
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Thanks Byron (typo edited) and James for the clarification, basically you can't place next to your existing pieces, hard to say that fast in a one sentence rules summary! GM
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