As the new year dawns, what we at Nefer Games are looking forward to the most in 2017 is sharing Sedis with the world. Launching a product is a grand undertaking with many small moving parts, but we really can’t wait for each of you to play games with Sedis. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to our newsletter for updates on our launch and getting your very own set.
Personally, I love New Year’s Eve – although it marks the end of the holiday season, it does so with the promise of another year. It allows us all one final blowout which is heavy with both reflection of things past and inspiration for the future. It’s such a unique event. I normally try to do things I love this time of year: travel, spend time in nature, see live music and eat delicious food. This year is no different, albeit low-key: I’ll be in the the Texas Hill Country, seeing live music during the day at a small venue called the Pecan Grove Store, drinking champagne and making s’mores around a fire pit with friends at night. I’ve brought along a Sedis prototype set and I have plans to “Ring in the new year with a game of Rings” – which is much harder to play after a few drinks!
When introducing Sedis to someone for the first time, my favorite game to start with is Rings. The rules are simple, the play can be strategic (or not) and it allows players new to Sedis to learn the fundamentals of reading Sedis tiles.
Run Rings around the Table
Recommended Number of Players: 2 to 6 players
Estimated Time: 45 minutes to an hour
Objective: Complete the most rings.
Difficulty Level: ••◦◦◦
- Place all 60 tiles face down and shuffle them.
- Each player draws three tiles at random to make up their hand.
- The player with the most rings on their hands goes first. If no one is wearing a ring, play Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine a first player. That player takes one tile from the remaining undistributed face down tiles and places it face up on the playing surface.
- Moving clockwise, have each player take a tile from the remaining undistributed face down tiles and connect them by matching up tiles along single pip sides:
- The game begins once all players have added a single tile the game begins.
- Players take turns playing tiles from their hand by connecting one full side to at least one other full side of any previously placed tile so that single-pip sides match exactly. Play continues clockwise.
- After each player plays a tile from their hand, they draw another tile from the pile of undistributed tiles.
- Formations can grow in any direction as long as the tiles are connected by single-pip sides only.
- When a player completes a ring, they score a point. Be sure that when completing a ring the pips on both sides of the tile you’re playing match with the pips on the previously placed tiles.
- If a player cannot play, move to the next player. The game ends when players run out of playable tiles.
- At the end of the game, the player with the most points wins.
What I love about this game: the defensive plays – it’s possible to place tiles in such a way that rings cannot be completed. It’s helpful if you’re ahead in points. The game ends with a pattern of rings and a sense of gratification. It’s a beautiful game!
From all of us here at Nefer Games: May your new year be full of play!