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Subject: Brick Party: A Review of a fun block/brick building game rss

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Have kids who enjoy building blocks? Perhaps you enjoy building blocks? If you do, relive your youth with Brick Party! To setup the game, the youngest player is appointed the leader. Players then break up into teams of two people. One of those players is the architect and the other one is the builder. The architect will select a structure card that only she can see and will then do everything in her power except pick up the bricks lying in a pile in the center of the playing area, to tell the builder how to build the structure on the card she just picked up. To be clear, each team's architect simultaneously describes to her builder what the structure looks like and the builder builds it based on her instructions.

Once one of the teams thinks they've finished their structure, that team turns over a 30-second timer. All other teams then have 30-seconds to finish their brick structure. If your team gets the structure correct, score points based on how hard the structure was to complete! A new round begins after that with the leader being passed to the left of the first leader. The game ends once all players have had a chance to be the leader.

If that doesn't sound hard enough, you can also play with rule cards. These rule cards probably add the most fun (and difficulty!) to Brick Party. Rules will say either what a builder can or can't do or what an architect can or can't do. My personal favorite is the rule that does not allow an architect to say more than yes or no. Another rule card might indicate the builder cannot use her thumbs while building. A new rule card can be randomly drawn every round to keep things interesting. There's even a blank rule card where you could write your own rule on it if you wanted to!

Brick Party is a great game for large groups and great if you love games where time is an element and where spatial awareness is the key factor. I love brick party because of trying to figure out the structures using the bricks provided. It's not always obvious how the bricks fit together, and that's what makes Brick Party entertaining.

Total game time: 20-25 minutes
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