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Kenyon Manderson
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Stonewall is a fun, simple game in which players attempt to get their piece from one corner of the board to the other, and back again.

The game description on the main screen does a great job of illustrating the game mechanics, so I won't linger too long there. To summarise, players start in their corner "home chute" on the game board. Players then take turns, rolling the die and moving their piece (no diagonals). After rolling, the player may place a wall anywhere on the board, but not in a way that would completely block a player from returning home. If a four is rolled, the player may have another turn.

All the game elements come in a cool, zip-up canvas pouch. So it packs away pretty small and easily. Inside the pouch you get the screen-printed canvas game board, lots of wooden wall segments - each stamped with an old stone wall sort of pattern, four wooden blocks scorched with the player symbols. And, of course, a die.

I have just a tiny niggle with the canvas board, in that after pulling it out from storage, it retains a few creases from where it was folded. This however, doesn't really affect the game play, so who really cares :0

This is a great little game that requires a little bit of strategy and then some luck. You need to think about where your walls are going and what effect they will have both on you as well as other players. As you get closer to other players, you also have to think about the risk factor of them being able to "stomp" you. If they are close enough, they may be able to land on your space and send you back to your home chute to start again.

As the game continues, the game board becomes more and more maze like. With lots of paths, twists, turns and what we like to call "chicanes", were you place walls so the opposition must move back a forth, using up a lot more moves to get to where they're going.

Toward the end of the game, as the opposition gets close to their home chute, you must weigh up whether you'll be able to make it home first, and run for it. Or try and "stomp" them so they don't get there.

All in all, this is a very fun, light hearted game. Great for a good, social time.
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