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Subject: TVB - 3P - Basic game, slow start doesn't mean slow finish. rss

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Richard Pardoe
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With Lost Cities done, Dean had also expressed interest in exploring Igel Ärgern. For this game, we were joined by Rich's daughter Sabrina and our gaming night continued as a 3 person affair. As it was Dean's first game, we opted for the basic rules of can move one of your hedgehogs sideways and must move a hedgehog in the row rolled.

The game started a bit cautiously as everyone tried to avoid the black spots close to the start line. Rich was the first around the one in the 5 Row and was racing to the goal. Dean soon advanced around the same blockade and raced with Rich to the goal. As those hedgehogs were one space away, the rolls deserted the two and time was spent navigating the other hedgehogs. Sabrina soon managed to get two hedgehogs into the 6th row and raced toward the goal.

Pretty soon, the first hedgehogs soon reached their goals. Dean's first followed quickly by Rich's first. Sabrina was next followed by Dean's second. Sabrina found herself at this time in 2 of the black pits and only one hedgehog to move. But as the whole field start to advance to the goal, Sabrina slowly regained the ability to move these trapped hedgehogs.

One of those hedgehogs was in the black pit as a result of mean ole Dad. With a 2 rolled, Rich had two choices. Move his hedgehog sideways and advance to the brink of the pit. Or advance Sabrina's hedgehog into the pit, leaving the path ahead clear for his own hedgehog. Despite plaintive cries of please don't from Sabrina, Rich opted to keep his options open and moved Sabrina's hedgehog into the pit.

Once the field approached the last few columns, Dean had two hedgehogs in Row 5. One was nearing the goal with the other was on top of a stack consisting of a hedgehog from each of Rich and Sabrina. An obvious strategy would be to not move that stack top hedgehog as it would block Rich and Sabrina from moving while waiting for the other hedgehog to win. Rich saw this and managed to move a hedgehog up Row 6 to sit on top of Dean's other hedgehog. As Rich and Dean waged a minor blocking battle raged down on Rows 4, 5, and 6, Sabrina had managed to free that hedgehog in Row 2 from the black pit. A roll of 2 by Dean and he is forced to move Sabrina's third hedgehog across the goal giving Sabrina the win.

Igel Ärgern adds nice twist to roll and move games. The movement is fixed (1 space forward) and the die is used to indicate where movement is to occur. As hedgehogs can move 1 row sideways, there is quite a bit of flexibility and strategy how to move the pieces. Throw in a bit of gentle agression (sitting on other pieces) and the result is a nice mix of luck and tactics. I find there is plenty to enjoy in the basic game. But the game comes with lots of possible variants so games can be made nastier, more tactical, etc.

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