|Number of Game Players||2|
|Number of Pieces||120|
|Remote Control Included?||No|
|Mfg Recommended age||14 - 100 years|
|Item Model Number||940|
|Product Dimensions||27 x 26.67 x 6.99 cm; 90.72 Grams|
R&R Games Pyramid Poker
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- Age range: 12 and up / Number of players: 2 / Play time: 15
- Manufacturer: R&R Games
- 54 Wooden blocks, Pyramid Foundation
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Pyramid Poker is a two-player design that consists of 54 wooden rectangular blocks, 52 of them with the standard card deck distribution (2-A in four suits) on one side and two of them with a pharaoh on one side. To set up the game, place all of the blocks face down and shuffle them. Each player then takes fifteen blocks and turns the blocks so that only they see what's on them. They take turns placing the blocks into a two-dimensional pyramid-shaped structure, again seeing only their blocks, then they take turns removing any one block from the pyramid and placing it into one of three poker hands that they're constructing. Each poker hand is competing against the one opposite it that's being built by the opponent. If a player draws a pharaoh, they draw three face-down blocks that weren't initially chosen, discard two of them, then add the third block to one of their poker hands. - Pyramid Poker - Board Game
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The concept of drawing tiles placing them on the pyramid then breaking it down to build three poker hands...is fun.
You have the poker aspect, stacking, and gambling/risk when you choose to take your opponent's tile which is unknown to you.
CON: we just didnt like the scoring system, after playing a few games we decided to create our own by giving a score to each hand (pair 1point, two pairs 2pts etc) and a bonus of one point to whoever beats their opponents hand....going to 100 for game.
Once we changed the scoring WE REALLY ENJOYED THE GAME!!
This game is all about seeing who can form the best three poker hands based on drafting blocks with card faces on them.
The first part of the game is stacking lovely wooden blocks in a pyramid creating a stack of blocks which you will draft from the top during the second half of the game. Now at its surface this could be seen as "random building" but the more you play this game you will understand that building the pyramid has underlying subtle depth such as putting numbers that could form a straight near each other, or making sure to put one of your blocks near your opponents so they don't have a whole slew of blocks in a row that they can see.
The second half of the game involves drafting blocks from the top of the pyramid down into your three poker hands which again if taken at face value seems basic. But yet again the simple rules mixed with the drafting from the pyramid result in a depth of choices. Deciding which hand to assign your block to has many choices in of itself. Do I create two really good hands and not worry about the other? Do I only put a few blocks in each hand to keep my opponent guessing on what the end hand result will be? Do I draft a random tile that I think he is planning to take based on the blocks available? This creates a dynamic tension that builds into the final end game
If you want even more options there is also a scoring based game where depending on the type of poker hand you have will score you a number of different points that you will compare to your opponents each round and then the difference is the winners score for that round playing to a certain number
Now this long review suggests that this game is difficult to learn which is not the case. This game is perfect for non gamers. I have taught this to my dad and uncles and every single one of them has been hooked by this game and have purchased it themselves. It's quick to learn but offers those depth of choices that keeps gamers like me coming back for more.
Check out the fantastic GameBoy Geeks review of this game on YouTube if you need further persuasion