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Een
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Blooms

Post by Een » 18 February 2019, 11:21

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We are happy today to release a great game for abstracts lovers! Blooms, a self-published game from Nick Bentley, is now available on Board Game Arena.

Play it now!

In Blooms, you'll try to capture the stones of your opponent. The first player to capture more than a certain amount (depending on the board size and/or desired duration of play) will claim the victory.

Blooms has a short, elegant and straightforward set of rules:
  • ~ Each player owns two stone colors.
  • ~ A "bloom" is a group of connected stones of the same color.
  • ~ The first player sets a first stone anywhere on the board, then players alternate turns.
  • ~ On a turn, the player must set a stone on a free space, then may place a stone of the other color he/she owns or pass.
  • ~ At the end of a player turn, if an opponent's bloom is fenced (cannot extend in any direction) then it is captured.
That's all, you know the rules! Easy? Yes but... behind these deceptively simple rules you'll find a lot of depth. Everyone can learn the game and start to play really quickly, but each turns allows for a huge number of possible moves that will quite certainly get your brain to switch gears! The feeling of this game is a little like Go with colors. We advise you to try it first with the smallest board to get a grasp of it before moving on to a bigger challenge!

We would like to thank the designer Nick Bently (El Poopo) for proposing his game for an online version here on BGA, and the developer Adam Novotny (A-dam) who implemented it as his third game adaptation using BGA Studio.

If you love this game and its "Zen Garden" aesthetics, you might be interested in a boxed version. The designer is actually thinking of setting up a Kickstarter campaign to produce one, so if you want to show your interest and be notified when this happens, you can sign up here for news!

Enjoy!

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Re: Blooms

Post by RicardoRix » 18 February 2019, 14:41

1st game, quite liked it ;)

But the table options are not being displayed properly. It does not suggest how much 'X' has been set to.
This is when the table is in the open for play list.

This somehow also stretches to the tournament creation page, where it's asking for 3 different values of X.
https://en.boardgamearena.com/#!tournament?id=27027

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Re: Blooms

Post by Een » 19 February 2019, 14:06

RicardoRix wrote: But the table options are not being displayed properly. It does not suggest how much 'X' has been set to.
This is when the table is in the open for play list.
This should be fixed now, thanks for reporting it!

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Re: Blooms

Post by RicardoRix » 19 February 2019, 17:57

The tournament settings have 3 lots of X settings.
https://en.boardgamearena.com/#!tournament?id=27027

And on the how to play page, the 'SEE THE GAME IN ACTION' looks very strange...:S

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Re: Blooms

Post by Een » 19 February 2019, 18:18

RicardoRix wrote:The tournament settings have 3 lots of X settings.
https://en.boardgamearena.com/#!tournament?id=27027
Yes, when setting up a tournament all options are visible. Not ideal, but that's how it is for now...
RicardoRix wrote: And on the how to play page, the 'SEE THE GAME IN ACTION' looks very strange...:S
Indeed that's a hotseat game. We'll fix the selection of the game displayed in this section so that it doesn't pick a hotseat game anymore. Thanks for reporting this.

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Re: Blooms

Post by beccers » 19 February 2019, 23:50

What specifically triggers game end for each board size?

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Re: Blooms

Post by RicardoRix » 20 February 2019, 01:19

beccers wrote:What specifically triggers game end for each board size?
The 'X' value, when a player reaches that score at the end of their turn.

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Re: Blooms

Post by Otithes » 26 February 2019, 01:45

Fun little game, thank you! I agree that it would be nice to have the X value displayed during the game.

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Re: Blooms

Post by El Poopo » 26 February 2019, 19:30

Blooms' designer here. We'll include the X value sometime this week. Apologies for oversight!

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Re: Blooms

Post by Mathteacher » 26 February 2019, 21:13

세상에 이건 진짜 갓겜이다..
바둑과 비슷하면서도 오묘히 다르고
단순히 상대방 말을 잡아먹는것이 아닌 살을주고 뼈를
깎는 전략, 미끼전략, 하나를 둘것인가 두개를 둘것인가하는 전략 그 무궁무진한 깊이에 또 한번 반하게 됩니다!! 꼭 오프라인으로도 나왔으면 좋겠네요!!

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