I played Patchwork and I consider it to be one of my favorite 2 player board games for the time being.
Patchwork or pieced work according to Wikipedia is a form of needlework that involves sewing together pieces of fabric into a larger design.
It is also a great abstract strategy board game for 2 players.
The objective is to create the bigger and prettier quilt with the available patches and to have as many buttons as you can at the end of the game.
The game ends after both time tokens reach the last space of the time board. The player with the highest score wins.
Although the rules are pretty straightforward and simple, you are about to be completely amazed by the complexity and the depth of the game as you try to win.
And that’s the magic of a well-crafted and highly successful strategy game.
Patchwork’s game play is easy and fun. The playing time is between 15 to 30 minutes. The artwork is super cute. And let’s see the bigger picture; it’s about sewing, a rather peaceful and relaxing activity. But Patchwork is not what it seems.
It’s challenging and competitive. Your constantly try to be ahead of your opponent and watch his moves and act accordingly while you are figuring out your own strategy.
2 player board games | Review of Patchwork | What’s in the box?
The components of the game are 1 central time board, 2 quilt boards (1 per player) , 1 neutral token, 2 time tokes, 5 “leather” patches, 1 special tile , 33 patches of irregular shapes and 50 button tiles.
Each player takes a quilt board, a time token and 5 buttons .You keep the remaining buttons on the table close at hand. The central time board is placed in the middle of the table and the leather patches on the marked spaces of the time board. Each player takes a time token and places it on the starting space of the time board.
The 33 patches are placed in a circle or around the time board. Then you locate the smallest patch ( the patch of size 1×2) and place the neutral token between this patch and the next patch in clockwise order.
2 player board games | Review of Patchwork | How to play the game
The player who last used a needle begins! On your turn you can follow one of two possible actions: either to advance and receive buttons or to take and place a patch on your quilt board.
Advance and receive buttons
If you choose the first option you must move your time token on the time board so that it occupies the space directly in front of your opponent’s time token. Then you will receive 1 button (a button tile of value 1) per space you moved your time token.
Take and place a patch
If you choose to take and place a patch you have to pick from the three patches in front of the neutral token (in clockwise order). Then you move the neutral token next to the chosen path. Each patch has a label that indicates the number of the buttons you must pay in order to acquire it and the number of spaces you must move your time token. So you pay for your chosen patch and place it on our quilt and then you move your time token. Simple as that!
And what about the special leather patches, the button labels on the main time board and the special tile 7×7?
Whenever you move onto or past one leather patch you have to take it and put it on your quilt board immediately. The leather patches become very handy when your patchwork has holes aka single spaces that can’t be filled by the remaining patches as the game unfolds.
Whenever you move onto or past one button label you receive the number of buttons according to the patches on your quilt board.
Ultimately, the first player to completely fill a 7×7 square of spaces on his quilt board receives the special tile, which is worth 7 points. This is a great opportunity to boost your final score so you should aim to find the right patches and create the 7×7 square before your opponent does.
In order to calculate the final score, you count the buttons left on your side and add the value of the special tile if available. From this score you subtract 2 points for each empty space of your quilt board.
Patchwork Express is a simpler version of the original Patchwork. Due to its larger tiles and smaller numbers, it is especially suited for pre-school kids and older.
Patchwork Doodle is another version of Patchwork, in which the players instead of placing tiles on the their quilt board, they are drawing them.
So, have you played any versions of Patchwork? Is it among your favorite 2 player board games or not?
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