52 cards and a copy of Hoyle can keep a handful of sex-starved shipmates docile for days
on end before they degenerate to strip poker. With that in mind, the intellectual freedom
posse give you the "piecepack" in the hopes that it will do for board games what the
standard 52-card deck does for card games.
But it is not without some struggle! The current reigning champion in this arena is Looney Labs with their incredibly popular Icehouse Martian Chess Set
These sixty colored pyramids (four colors, three sizes, five pieces per color/size
combination) have been combined to make countless new games.
But the original game these pieces were designed for was granted
a patent, threatening freely redistributable implementations of the game!
...I have extensive notes from playtesting that I intend to
incorporate into the next version of the IceGammon rules, but may not
get around to it for a while, as I have been focusing less on Icehouse
games and more on piecepack games <http://www.piecepack.org/>, as the
Icehouse specification is patented, whereas the piecepack
specification is in the public domain, and I am more interested in
working with a free game system (free as in free speech, not free
beer; see <http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/>). Despite
small number of piecepack games, as opposed to the relatively large
number of Icehouse games, more and more piecepack games are being
released (one guy is writing a book of 100 piecepack games), and my
belief is that the piecepack is at the cutting edge of game system
The good news on both fronts is that the Icehouse patent was never renewed after its
initial 8-year period, so the piecepack may in future include Icehouse pyramids.
Beaujolais to free software embracing and encorporating formerly proprietary technology!
Our pointy-pyramid technology will bring pointy pyramids to those who could not otherwise
participate in novel game development, and produce a community of like-minded game h@x0rz
who will one day become the most sought-after personnel at board-game startups in the
great boom years of 201x! THE IPOS WILL BE INCONCIEVABLE!