7 Fun Facts about Don't Break the Ice
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My son - almost 4 years old - wanted to play a game with me tonight. He grabbed Don't Break the Ice because what little boy doesn't want to play a game where he gets to bash things with a mallet!

While playing, I discovered a few things about this game that I hadn't noticed before and I thought I'd share them with you.
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Fun Fact #1: There are 6 ways to set-up this game.

If you label the rows as A-F and the columns as 1-6 you can place the corner of the large 2x2 piece in the following spots:
A1
A2
A3
B2
B3
C3
The rest are just mirrored/rotations of the previous set-ups. This is clearly ignoring any sort influences the bear's weight has on this cube. If you don't ignore those (and any influence the base may have) then the possibilities are >6.
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Fun Fact #2: The time it takes to set this game up is longer than the attention span of an average 2-3 year old boy.
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Fun Fact #3: The time it takes to play this game is shorter than the attention span of an average 2-3 year old boy.

*When combined with Fun Fact #2 the gaming session gets.... interesting.
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Fun Fact #4: DBtI uses all of the components in the box regardless of the number of players in the game.

The only other game I have in my collection that I know of that does this is Clans.
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Fun Fact #5: The longest possible game is 26 ~16 moves.

This take lots of careful planning and delicate tapping of ice blocks. I thought about this some more and I think around 16 is the most but it will vary depending on how those ice blocks get held up.
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Fun Fact #6: The shortest possible game is 1 move.

This is my son's preferred strategy.
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Fun Fact #7: DBtI is Ameritrash.

Lot's of plastic pieces, player elimination, the emphasis on luck and theme - it became pretty clear to me as we played. This is an Ameritrasher's delight.
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8. Board Game: Don't Break the Ice [Average Rating:4.72 Overall Rank:15274]
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I'm sure I overlooked many other exciting things about this game, but my son and I were too busy having fun bashing blocks with mallets and watching the bear drop through the ice.

Thanks for reading!
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