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Here is a quick translation to English (some minor mistakes could be here and there) whistle of A. Bouza's post in his blog.



Hanabi variants and details


Launched in spring 2010, the small box Hanabi&Ikebana is doing step by step his way into the gaming world. The game seems to have found strong supporters and I'm happy for it. Interestingly, despite a relatively small number of copies, the game has an excellent average grade BGG: 8,05 / 10 (14/12/2010) over my other game "7 Wonders" which has 7.96 / 10!
I received several e-mails, thanking for Hanabi (which has completely overshadowed his younger brother, Ikebana, as I mentioned in another post). Some asked for clarifications and to discuss some alternatives, which gives me the opportunity to make a small post on this blog

Clarifications

1. The first clarification is important because it is a phrase that has disappeared from the rules:
the player must draw a card after playing one, so he has the same number of cards in his hand at all times.
2. You may provide information on the absence of a color or a value in the hand of a player:
- "You do not have green cards in your hand"
- "You have no cards with value 2"
I'm not sure about the strategic advantage of this information, but the rules do not prevent it. Give me your opinion about it if you've had a chance to use it...

Variants

1. (Perfectly) synchronized choreography
When playing a card to build a firework, the player may announce the color of the card. If successful, the card is placed in the usual way and the player can put a blue token back in the box. If the guess is incorrect, the card is discarded and a red token is added to the box. Players are free to make this option mandatory (perfectly synchronized choreography), so it is necessary to always tell the color of the card played.

2. Grand Finale (variant proposed by Pol Cors of Homoludicus, Spain)
The game does not end in the next round after taking the last card, but continues until either the players lose (three red tokens in the box) or until success (all fireworks are finished completely). There are no scores other ratings. Note: when the deck of cards is empty, the players cannot win blue chips in any way back.

If you've played several games using these versions, I am very interested in reading your comments about them

Hanabi in 2011?

I am sharing these variants in the hope of hearing their views and comments, before the 2011 new edition, since the release of "Les XII Singes" is almost sold out. I do not know yet if it is interesting to include these variants in the rules... In fact, I will add them depending on your feedback... and if I manage to get some free space in the rules

This new edition will also correct the error in the colors of the cards, which make some players impossible tell the colors well. We will try to fix it to make it accessible to as many people as possible. If you have suggestions in this regard, they will also be more than welcomed!

Have a good game!

Antoine Bouza
http://www.antoinebauza.fr/
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Thanks so much for posting this translation!

For Antoine, if he's reading, 2 suggestions for the rules, both for Ikebana (since he asked for suggestions)

- make it clear that by "straight" you do not mean "straight flush" (it would be helpful to show an example of scoring where the straight is made of multiple colors)

- make it clear that the multi-colored cards are wild for color only, and not number

(I'm basing these suggestions on the English translation of the rules, so ignore this if the French version already makes this clear.)

Very cool games!
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Our largest challenge is being able to tell a card is multicolor in Hanabi because the numbers in the corners look like the other cards of just that color. Is there a way to make the numbers in the corners of the multi-color cards look different?
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grandslam wrote:
Our largest challenge is being able to tell a card is multicolor in Hanabi because the numbers in the corners look like the other cards of just that color. Is there a way to make the numbers in the corners of the multi-color cards look different?
Other than the similarity between two of the colors, this is the main thing I'd like to see corrected. In the current set, it makes the multicolor cards almost impossible to use in Hanabi without giving away information.

I'm very pleased that Hanabi will be getting reprinted. It's one of my favorite games from last year and one of the few cooperative games that I enjoy.
 
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I don't understand the 2nd Hanabi variant. So you reshuffle the deck and keep going? If that's the case, do you mean that after the reshuffle, there are no more "rewards" for finishing rows, or that you can't even get blue chips by discarding?
 
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aldaryn wrote:
I don't understand the 2nd Hanabi variant. So you reshuffle the deck and keep going? If that's the case, do you mean that after the reshuffle, there are no more "rewards" for finishing rows, or that you can't even get blue chips by discarding?
I don't think you reshuffle the discards at all, you're just allowed to finish playing the cards in your hand, which you are not allowed to do in the normal game.
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Dystopian wrote:
aldaryn wrote:
I don't understand the 2nd Hanabi variant. So you reshuffle the deck and keep going? If that's the case, do you mean that after the reshuffle, there are no more "rewards" for finishing rows, or that you can't even get blue chips by discarding?
I don't think you reshuffle the discards at all, you're just allowed to finish playing the cards in your hand, which you are not allowed to do in the normal game.

That makes sense, but he said the game ends either by red tokens, or by full success (finishing all the rows). Does that mean if, for example, both blue "4"s are already in the discard, you've already lost, as you'll keep playing cards at the end and eventually you'll just be playing the wrong ones and lose (as you won't meet the victory condition, for sure)?
 
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That's very interesting, but I'm puzzled about the first clarification. The rules clearly say to draw a card after playing or discarding one. Or was this something that was in the Hanabi and Ikebana version and got lost in the just Hanabi version?

Sounds like I should add item #2 to the English rules translation that I posted!
 
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We played two games of the 'Grand Finale' (At least I think that should be 'finale' and not 'final') variant tonight and really enjoyed it. We've been working to get perfect scores lately anyway, and this was a neat challenge for HAVING to get a perfect score. I liked being able to keep playing after running the deck; its been a frustration lately when we're all set up to win but the (for example) multi 1 comes up as the last card and we simply can't play out all the multis that we know we have.
 
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The link in OP is dead. The source can be found here:
http://www.antoinebauza.fr/?p=880
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