There was really no good reason for me to buy a copy of IceDice, apart from helping support Looney Labs. I already have stashes of virtually every color of pyramid that they have put out with multiples of some of the colors that I figure will get used more often (like black, for instance) Really, the only thing that buying IceDice really did for me was get me the two dice you need for the IceDice game and those are something that I could have mocked up without much trouble.
While Looney Labs doesn’t make the most amazing games, they definitely have their own quirky style. Their games have a surprising level of abstraction and I would say that games like Fluxx or Zendo or Ice Towers are more about the process than the competition, not that competition isn’t an intrinsic part of those games. They have their own take on mechanics and the meta-game.
So, yes, I broke down and got IceDice.
I’m not going to write about either of the games that come in the bag. That’ll have to wait until I actually play those games. Instead, I’m going to actually write about the physical components themselves
The game comes with the aforementioned two dice, two rainbow stashes, two rule books, a flimsy board for Launchpad 23, and a sturdy little cloth sack in the shape of a pyramid.
And when it came in the mail, this is what I realized. The sack, with everything in it, squishes down to a rather convenient little square with everything still in it. It’s small enough to fit into most jacket pockets and the fact that it is a cloth sack means that it’s easy to stuff into things like suit cases, backpacks and other bags.
In short, IceDice looked like a really convenient travel set for Looney Pyramids. Not only can I play the games that it comes with, but it can serve a miniature kit for a number of other pyramid games. I’ve already tossed a Treehouse die into the sack and I’m planning on putting in some goal cards for Twin Win. With the help of a little pocket change, the two stashes can easily be used for a limited Zendo set. (And, yes, I know you can play Zendo with _just_ pocket change but it is nice to play it with pyramids) I’m going to see if I can put another stash into it and still have it compress down to a convenient small size. Three stashes definitely adds more flexibility than two.
Yeah, the thing that excites me most upon initial impressions is the sack it comes in