've long been a fan of the "game system" concept facilitating flexible reuse of material game components in a shared design environment. Playing cards, dominoes, and chess set (see Arimaa for an ideal example of chess-set-as-game-system) are classics in this regard. The two pre-eminent systems of recent invention are Components: Looney Pyramid Games (a.k.a. Icehouse pieces) and Components: Piecepack. I've been playing Looney Pyramids games for quite a few years, and I've designed a few games for the system. I became aware of Piecepack mostly from the existence of hybrid games that require materials from both systems, but I didn't actually acquire a Piecepack set until very recently, when I picked up a recent commercial edition:Recommend
I have to admit, Looney Pyramids have a little edge on Piecepack, in that they have some community design themes. These are: the planet Mars (games with 'mids are often styled as "Martian") and associated sfnal ideas, ice (just from the "Icehouse" of the first Pyramidal game), and a fantasy Egypt (from the monumental Pyramids). The first theme, further leveraged through the game Homeworlds and its derivatives, was the basis for coining the title "Starship Captain" to refer to someone who had played ten or more different Pyramid games. This honorific encourages players to explore and experiment with the system. I myself have long since been a Starship Admiral (several times over), having tried out more than 80 different games, not counting ones of my own design. (Here's the list.)
There is no equivalent system of incentive in the Piecepack universe, from what I can see. And indeed, there is less of a "universe," in that community design themes are absent, leaving Piecepack even more abstract than Pyramids. Still, I'm exploring this system, so I've started this Geeklist expressly to document my "advancement" into Piecepack space. I'll be adding items as I play new games, and suggestions of particular games to play are especially welcome as comments to the list.
A similar list from another user is here: Discovering the Piecepack a game at a time
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