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.
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.
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.
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.