Sprawl

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Sprawl
Brandon W., Dave ?,

Jon Leistiko, Valerie W.

Competitive city building
:Players Players:
:Time Length: unknown
:Complexity Complexity: Medium
Trios per color: 5
Number of colors: 1 per player
Pyramid trios:
Monochr. stashes: 1 per player
Five-color sets:
- - - - - - Other equipment - - - - - -
Chessboard_bandana
Setup time: 1 minute
Playing time:
Strategy depth: High
Random chance: None
Game mechanics:
Theme: city-building
BGG Link: 19152
Status: complete? (v1.0), Year released: 2987


Sprawl is a game in which each player is building part of a city. Towers rise into the sky. Branches snake from towers, attacking other players' towers, neutralizing them. When no more moves can be made, points are awarded for unneutralized pieces. Play style is halfway between Icehouse and Branches & Twigs & Thorns.

Sprawl won the the first Ice Game Design Competition.

Strategies

  • Beware the two-square kill zone! At the start of the game, each player's first move will be to place a tower. The first player has the liberty of placing their tower anywhere on the board, but subsequent players have strategic restrictions on tower placement. Do not place your first tower two squares orthogonally from another player's tower! If you do so, then the other player will branch from their tower, pointing at your tower and most likely neutralize your only piece, and you will be out of the game after only one turn! Any size piece can branch from a tower, so your first tower will not be safe in this position regardless of its size.
  • Keep your enemies close. Your towers are actually safest close to other towers, adjacent orthogonally or diagonally. Branches have limited turning ability, which makes it difficult to neutralize a tower that's right next to your tower.

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Entered in the Icehouse Game Design Competition, Summer 2004
Winner: Sprawl 2nd: Missile Command 3rd: Turning Points 4th: Moscow Ice
5th: Breakthrough 6th (tie): Martian Shogi and Venusian Bowling
8th: Antshouse 9th: Limn 10th (tie): Arena and the Icehouse Null Game