I got Bausack for my birthday, along with a few other games. As i am with
my non-gaming friends no one was very excited by any of them until I got
to this one and started to pull out the blocks and describe the game.
Everyone started to build little towers and play with the blocks.
At that point it was pretty easy to get a real game going. My wife
virginia even stayed up late and played.
The first round we were all playing nicely, no one was using any of really
hard pieces and we were basically trying for a tall tower. but that
didn't last forever. Once i put a few pieces lower down on the tower that
all changed. Suddenly virginia was out for blood, using anything that had
a round or pointed top. My friends mike and clinton were still playing
nicely but mike had to deal virginia's pieces.
In the end each round and the game was decided by virginia playing
something nearly impossible, my using the last reasonable space lower on
the tower and mike having to deal with virginia's difficult piece,
leaving clinton nothing stable to work with.
In my opinion this is an excellent game with great bits (that's
what it is after all, really nice bits). But best of all it got
my non-gaming friends interested in playing games(at least dexterity
games). They're even looking forward to trying Bamboleo next. I guess I asked
for the right kinds of games this year.
I've played Bausack which is essentially the same game as Bausack: Sac Noir, but the Sac Noir edition has extra pieces. I really enjoy this game for a few reasons:
People instantly 'get' the game. Don't let your tower topple is the general gist of it.
Deeper strategy than at first appearance.
There is an element of hope for almost every play. For example, I have landed and seen pieces landed on towers that I thought were for sure going to topple. It is at that moment - after you land it - when you feel a major rush of 'fun'.
The game generally makes you root for everyone. I play a lot of games and am pretty competitive, however I find myself rooting for the guy I just gave an evil piece to.
I've played Villa Paletti and Jenga. This game takes the cake for build/stacking type games. I'm anxious to try out more like this.
If you like this kind of dexterity game you should try bamboleo. its not a 'building' game but its very cool. check it out.