Patchwork

Patchwork
One game that I kept hearing rave reviews about is Patchwork. Everywhere I looked on Twitter and Instagram, people were playing it. A game about making a patchwork quilt definitely doesn’t sound like something I’d have interest in on the surface, but I like to keep an open mind and wanted to give it a shot. Plus, any game that is specifically targeted for 2 players is always on my radar.

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For me, the most difficult part of Patchwork wasn’t learning the rules, teaching it to my wife, or determining a strategy, it was trying to find a copy at a reasonable price. Every place online at the time was completely sold out, or wanted twice the retail price plus an additional $12-$15 USD for shipping.

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Typical initial layout of Patchwork. Note: Wooden storage boxes are not included in the game.

Thankfully, I live within a 20 minute drive of Six Feet Under Games and they had numerous copies in stock and at a reasonable price. If you’re in the Lancaster, Pennsylvania area, I highly suggest checking the store out, they have a ridiculous amount of board games in stock. I accept no responsibility if you end up buying a few dozen games during your visit, though.

Gameplay is pretty straightforward, laying out the pieces in a circle and picking out of the first 3 pieces to buy (if you can afford one). The currency in the game is buttons, which is suitable for the theme. Each pieces costs X number of buttons and X amount of time. The more time you use up, the closer you get to the end of the game, so it’s a very fine balance of trying to finish your quilt, but without using up too much time.

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It feels like the wooden marker piece could have been better themed, though. It’s just a generic wooden peg, which could have easily been a wooden spool or even a thimble to stick to the patchwork theme. Regardless, it doesn’t detract from the game at all, and it’s still a ton of fun to play.

Scoring happens when your player marker reaches the end of the game board and you tally up by deducting 2 points for every empty square in your quilt and then adding the number of buttons to that score. So really, a player with a score in the 20s actually has a really good score. I think the highest we’ve gotten so far was 17 points. In our first game, my wife won -11 to -15. After our first play through, I knew it was going to be a game we were going to be keeping, so I made of on my typical wooden boxes in which to store it (wooden box post coming soon).

This is definitely a fast, light game that is a great way to start a board game night, or give you a quick fix of tabletop fun. I highly recommend it for casual gamers or for someone looking for a quick game.

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