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Discussion: Go Fish

in: depot; depot > 2016-11-28

Nov 29, 2016 3:19 PM # 
Hmm, I never thought of it quite that way. I guess there is some similarity. We did a pretty basic version because of the new students not knowing the map symbols very well yet, the game itself being new to all of us, and the need to finish up by about 4:30.

For you advanced guys, the game (Quartet+) gets harder if you require the active player to ask for the symbol by the exact name and don't have a legend cheat-sheet to use. Also, having to ask a specific player in a two question format ("Do you have a card in contours group?" --they answer yes or no--, then --if they answered yes-- "Do you have index contour?") gives information to other players and brings more memory and strategy into it.

The biggest problem with having to use the exact name is the English translation; a few of the names are slightly variant from what we normally use, so I think players would have to agree on some level of tolerance.
Nov 29, 2016 4:57 PM # 
So, the "medium" level of difficulty sounds appropriate for native anglophones.

Using the "hard" level could easily devolve into arguments over semantics...
Nov 29, 2016 5:08 PM # 
Yes, I made up a legend sheet with the official names on the cards, then some alternative acceptable names in parenthesis. I also included most (I probably missed a couple) other map symbols that are not in the game. The kids were able to use that sheet as a reference (I was particularly concerned about kids holding a card and not realizing they were being asked for it because of slight semantic differences).

There's a legend included with the game, but the print quality is low, and it wasn't tailored precisely to the game - it seemed to be missing a few of the symbols.

I recently purchased several of these Russian games; they all look fun and were inexpensive. My biggest gripe is the low print quality (fuzzy) of the maps included in the games (legend sheet in Quartet+, maps and cards in Alphabet, map cards in Memory-O). I could have made clearer prints on my home inkjet!

The games are also very compact, making them great for travel. Quartet+ could be easily played in a moving vehicle; the others probably require a small table.
Nov 30, 2016 4:17 AM # 
Bring to GA...

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