Should I Play Patchwork?

Is Patchwork fun to play?

Players: 2 – 2 players | Game Duration 15 – 30 mins |
Min. Age 8+ | Game complexity: EASY Genre: Abstract Strategy, Puzzle
Solo game mode: No | Co-op: No |
Online Version: Yes

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What is Patchwork about?

“Patchwork,” is a delightful gaming experience for 2 players where abstract strategy is integrated with a ‘quilting’ theme.

Gameplay and Mechanics

In “Patchwork,” you take turns buying patches from a central circle and adding them to your own quilt board. Each patch costs a combination of buttons (the game’s currency) and time. The patches are various shapes and sizes, making the quilt-building resemble a puzzle. As time progresses on the shared time board, players move their tokens along a track, which determines turn order and triggers various game events, including income turns where players earn more buttons based on the patches already sewn onto their quilt.

The game ends when both players reach the center of the time track. You earn points based on the number of buttons you possess and lose points where there are  empty squares on your quilt board. The challenge comes from deciding which patches to buy and place, and balancing button income against the time it takes to add each patch.

What Makes It Fun

“Patchwork” is a game of resource management and spatial organisation. Its fun lies in the puzzle-like challenge of fitting pieces together efficiently while also racing against your opponent to acquire the most desirable patches and managing your button economy. 

Ideal Audience

“Patchwork” is perfect for players who enjoy puzzle and strategy games that are not overly complex but require thoughtful planning and foresight. It appeals particularly to those who appreciate a good balance between competitive and solo elements within a game. 

Why It Stands Out

“Patchwork” stands out for its simplicity and strategy It teaches resource management and planning in an accessible and enjoyable way. The tactile feel of the patch pieces and the pleasure of seeing a completed quilt adds to its charm. 

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Condensed How to Play Patchwork Rules Guide for rulebook haters
Official Patchwork Rulebook

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Awards Won by Patchwork

2017 Guldbrikken Best Family Game Nominee
2017 Årets Spill Best Family Game Nominee
2017 Årets Spel Best Family Game Winner
2016 Lys Grand Public Finalist
2016 Juego del Año Finalist
2016 International Gamers Award – General Strategy: Two-players Nominee
2016 Gra Roku Game of the Year Nominee
2015 Spiel des Jahres Recommended
2015 Spiel der Spiele Special Prize Winner
2015 International Gamers Award – General Strategy: Two-players Nominee
2015 Hungarian Board Game Award Nominee
2015 Hra roku Recommended
2014 Meeples’ Choice Nominee
2014 Golden Geek Best Abstract Board Game Winner
2014 Golden Geek Best Abstract Board Game Nominee
2014 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Nominee

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