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Piecepack This Page Last Modified
11/29/2000 4:02:41 PM

Concept
     Flexible. Portable. Affordable. Public domain. The piecepack is a set of boardgame parts that can be used to design and play a wide variety of games. Anyone may design and publish a piecepack rule set. Any manufacturer or individual may produce piecepacks.
     Games for the piecepack are already being designed.

Anatomy of a piecepack

NOTES:
The suit of Arms is represented by the Fleur De Lis.
Aces are represented by the appropriate suit symbol.
Nulls are represented by the absence of a numeral or symbol.
Standard color associations are:
   Arms are blue.
   Crowns are green or yellow.
   Moons are black.
   Suns are red.

   24 tiles (square):
     one tile per suit/value pair
     suits are Suns, Moons, Crowns, Arms
     values are null, ace, 2, 3, 4, 5
     faces are marked with value at center and a small suit symbol at top-left, both in color to match suit
     backs are marked with small black crosses to suggest a division into four square quarters
   24 coins (round):
     one tile per suit/value pair
     suits are Suns, Moons, Crowns, Arms
     values are null, ace, 2, 3, 4, 5
     faces are marked with value in black (aces are spiral symbols)
     backs are marked with suit in appropriate color
     both fronts and backs are marked with a small mark near the edge to indicate direction
    4 dice (cubic):
     one die per suit
     suits are Suns, Moons, Crowns, Arms
     values on each die are null, ace, 2, 3, 4, 5
     die sides are marked with value in color to match suit
    4 pawns (non-specific shape):
     one pawn per color

Tips for Game Authors
     Do not feel obliged to use all pieces in your game design.
     If you need more pieces, consider writing the design for use with two piecepacks (just as some card games require two decks).
     The value of an ace is assumed to be 1 unless specified otherwise in a rule set.
     The value of a null is assumed to be 0 unless specified otherwise in a rule set.
     The sum of the values of all six tiles in a suit (when ace = 1) is 15.
     A random number with a bell curve distribution between 0 and 15 can be generated by rolling and totaling three dice (where ace = 1).
     There is exactly one tile that corresponds to any given face of any given die, if you consider the die face's suit in conjunction with its value.
     As all of the tile backs are identical, they can be shuffled face down for random draws.
     Although coins are not all identical on either side, they can be randomly drawn from a cup or bag.
     If your design assigns one suit per player, face down coins display ownership but not value; conversely, face up coins display value but not ownership (since all coin values are printed in black).
     The natural order of the suits, from worst to best, is in alphabetical order (when the suit names are in English, anyway): Arms, Crowns, Moons, and Suns.

Notes for Manufacturers
     The piecepack is public domain; anyone may manufacture and distribute (for profit) piecepacks without pay of royalty or license.
     Although piecepacks may certainly be stylized or personalized (eg for promotional purposes), it is important that piecepacks conform to the basics outlined in the Anatomy section above.
     Coin diameter should not exceed 1/2 tile width, so that a coin may fit on a tile quarter-section.
     As a point of reference, (not a requirement), the Galloglass piecepack pieces are the following dimensions: tiles are 2" x 2" x 1/4", coins are 3/4" diameter x 1/8", dice are 1/2" x 1/2" x 1/2", and pawns are 5/8" diameter x 1-1/8" tall. The interior dimensions of the box are 4-3/4" x 2-1/2" x 2-1/2".
     The word piecepack is not capitalized, as it is a compound word rather than a title.
     Though not required, you may include the name of the designer of the piecepack, James Kyle, as part of piecepack packaging.
     If you have any questions regarding the piecepack, please email us at support@galloglassgames.com


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