In "Stack and Attack", by Egra Games, you play as a caveman or cave-woman (no gender discrimination here). Times have gotten tough and others believe it's time to please the gods. In order to do so, you decide to build a monument in honor of them. However, since you're a cave person, the best you can think of is a really tall stack of rocks. And, unfortunately, you're not the only one who has thought of this. Now you've got to compete with your neighbors for the tallest stack of rocks.
How to stack
In "Stack and Attack" the object of the game is to create the tallest rock structure possible. A turn consists of two things: either stacking or attacking. When you stack, you have four action points. you can spend those points to stack a rock on your game board, buy a rock from the row of rocks, or both as long as you have the points available. There are three different size categories of rocks: large, medium, and small.
As you begin to gain height in stacking your rocks, you become more restricted in the size of rocks you can stack. So you can't stack large rocks the entire way up. You can have two or three large rocks then you must stack medium sized rocks, and eventually only smaller rocks.
How to attack
Attacking in the game is an interesting dynamic. Each rock has a cost value, an attack value, and a defense value. When you attack you choose a rock to attack and add up the defense value of that rock and, if there are any, any rock on top of it. So some thinking is involved when you make your attacks. Failing to succeed could result in your opponent stacking all the way to the top.
A great intro to deck building
"Stack and Attack" is actually a deck building game. You start the game with a set amount of cards with so many large, medium, and small rocks. Each turn you draw three cards. Once you've either stacked or attacked you then shuffle your hand and the cards you haven't used back into the deck and draw a brand new hand of three cards (later in the game you'll be drawing four cards a turn).
Because of the light rule set and simple concept, the game makes a great introduction to the idea of deck building games.
"Stack and Attack" is game that was designed for three to four players for ages 8 and up, and takes about 30 minutes to play. It can currently be found on Kickstarter and, as of this publishing, has less than $200 to go reach its funding goal of $6000 with 21 days to go. The MSRP is $24.99.
That's it for now. If you have a comment, then sound off below in the comment section. If you'd like, you can e-mail BGExaminer@hotmail.com with any direct questions. Also, if you like what you're reading and want more then click on the "like" and subscribe button. Don't forget to follow me on Twitter @simeoncortezano.