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Here's my entry for the 18 Card Microgame Contest 2016

Overview: Two tradesmen vye for business on ladders of ever increasing height.
Play cards to expand your ladder and score points, or to hinder your opponent.
A card can only be played if the number of spots on its edge matches the card that it adjoins (domino style).

Number of players: 2
Playing time: Around 10 minutes
Ages: 8+

Here are the cards:


The rules are on the back of each of the 2 character cards:



Here's a close up:




Files for both A4 and US letter format are available at: Ladders

Edit: Also now also available as low ink versions




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Re: [WIP] Ladders (18 Card Microgame Contest 2016) Component Ready
I actually started designing this game around a year ago, at the end of the previous 18 card contest.
I then somewhat neglected it while I concentrated on games for other contests.
A couple of weeks ago, after this year's 18 card contest was announced, I revisited it and finished the design.
I took a pic of an end game:

The Painter on the left had a narrow victory over the Window Cleaner, 25 to 23.
And, yes, you do need some table space, as the ladders can end up quite tall.


The last couple of days I've been refining some of the graphics, mainly the 2 characters, (and included a couple of my, now, obligatory puns).
Here are a few of the latest cards:


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Re: [WIP] Ladders (18 Card Microgame Contest 2016) Component Ready
Looks great! I may need to PnP this soon...
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Re: [WIP] Ladders (18 Card Microgame Contest 2016) Component Ready
rwhite3787 wrote:
Looks great! I may need to PnP this soon...

Thanks.
If you do then let me know your thoughts.
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Re: [WIP] Ladders (18 Card Microgame Contest 2016) Component Ready

For those of you who prefer to play in black and white, I've also done a low ink version:


Available from the same place: Ladders
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Re: [WIP] Ladders (18 Card Microgame Contest 2016) Component Ready
My nephew and I played this afternoon. Near the end of the game he slipped a ladder card behind his window cleaner to, basically, win. I tried to find something in the rules to say he couldn't do that, but, well, there is nothing in the rules that says he can't do that. Can he?
 
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Re: [WIP] Ladders (18 Card Microgame Contest 2016) Component Ready
GreenTea532 wrote:
My nephew and I played this afternoon. Near the end of the game he slipped a ladder card behind his window cleaner to, basically, win. I tried to find something in the rules to say he couldn't do that, but, well, there is nothing in the rules that says he can't do that. Can he?

The rules say that: A card is placed so that it either adjoins the top card of the ladder or overlaps it half way. By overlap I meant 'placed on top', as opposed to underlap (I think that's the word for sliding underneath).

I obviously need to make this clearer.

Thanks for playing!
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Hi Mark,

before trying your game, I have one important rules question:
Creature cards cannot overlap other cards, that's clear. What about the next card placed above? Does it also have to be placed adjoining the top of the creature card or may I half overlap creature cards?

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DarkPadawan wrote:
Hi Mark,

before trying your game, I have one important rules question:
Creature cards cannot overlap other cards, that's clear. What about the next card placed above? Does it also have to be placed adjoining the top of the creature card or may I half overlap creature cards?

Dark.


Hi Dark

Yes, another card may overlap a Creature card. Like other cards, Creature cards have spots at the centre to allow for this. My game image earlier in this thread shows an example of this with the 'snakes' card in the right hand row.

Thanks for giving Ladders a try.
 
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Just printed this up. Very cool looking. Think I'll need to make up a small instructions manual with larger text for my very tired eyes.
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yamaraus wrote:
Just printed this up. Very cool looking. Think I'll need to make up a small instructions manual with larger text for my very tired eyes.

Fortunately there's only a single card's worth of rules!
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Hi Mark, just printed this out and played one game. Nice little game.

Only question: The rat creature card says "...you may replace its (opponent's) top card with this one..."

I assume that means that the dots on the card don't have to match the opponent's top card dots?

Very nice artwork / graphic design -- nice grade school flash card look to it somehow.
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Narrow Gate Games wrote:
Hi Mark, just printed this out and played one game. Nice little game.

Only question: The rat creature card says "...you may replace its (opponent's) top card with this one..."

I assume that means that the dots on the card don't have to match the opponent's top card dots?

Very nice artwork / graphic design -- nice grade school flash card look to it somehow.
Hi Scott, thanks for playing and feeding back.

Dots must always match up on any card placed - that includes the rats card.

So, for you to take the top card of your opponent's ladder, the one below it must have 3 dots on so that the rat card matches (and the card you take in return must match the top of your ladder).

 
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OK, thanks. That makes sense. If the dots didn't matter, you wouldn't have puts dots on the rats card (like the top/roof card).
 
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Seymour wins 25-23 (I think), thanks to the rats.


(I had to wrap the ladders around the table).

Nice game. My kids are all growed-up, but I can picture this as a great game to play with a child.
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Narrow Gate Games wrote:
Seymour wins 25-23 (I think), thanks to the rats.

Good to see the low ink version looks good when printed. Your scoring is spot on (no pun intended).

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(I had to wrap the ladders around the table).
Yes, the ladders do get pretty tall.

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Nice game. My kids are all growed-up, but I can picture this as a great game to play with a child.
I'm hoping to try it out on a couple of younger relatives over Christmas. Thanks again for playing.
 
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