Thoughts From The Gameroom

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Flowerpower… sort of

Posted by sodaklady on February 6, 2010

Flowerpower is one of the games in the Kosmos 2-player line which has been out of print for quite a few years. It’s fairly popular as a wife/girlfriend-friendly game, and it’s also nearly impossible to get a copy. Fortunately someone (cuzzle on BGG) who didn’t care too much for the flower theme posted a pdf of the tiles for his big-game animal re-theme. I have to admit that the original flower version is a little on the ugly side in my opinion.

Anyway, I downloaded the file, printed it on sticky paper,  stuck the two sheets to matte board, and finally cut until my joints hurt. The next task was to come up with a board. Not a Photoshop guru, or even a student, my best effort was crayons. And since the tiles represent African big game animals, the board I created shows yellowish areas (dry, grassy plain) divided by a big blue watering hole.

Homemade board for the animal version of Flowerpower

It’s a very simple game, rules-wise, but a nice past-time for 2 people. On your turn, you pull a tile from a bag (or shuffle them around face-down) and place it on any pair of empty spaces on your side of the board or in the shared blue area.  You’re trying to create large groups of the same animal, of which there are 10 different types. You may claim the animals in the blue area only if they connect to the same animal that is on your side of the board. Your opponent can steal them if they connect to them and have a larger group on their side of the board. That adds a bit of nastiness to the game but you can also be nasty by placing a tile upside down anywhere on your opponent’s side of the board to block him, but you can only do that 3 times.

When there are no more tiles to place or when both players have run out of places to place tiles, the game ends. You then score each animal grouping one at a time, which is why there is a list of them along the edge of the board to help you keep track. Each grouping of 3-5 is worth 1 point, a group of 6-9 is worth 2 points, and 10 or more is worth 4. I had fun doing this, in fact, it was more fun than playing some versions of card-based solitaire.

I have quite a few of the Kosmos 2-player games and I think this is an excellent addition. It’s a shame that it isn’t easier to come by, but thanks to cuzzle I have my own, better looking, copy.

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3 Responses to “Flowerpower… sort of”

  1. Cool! This is still one of my wife’s favorites, and it’s great to see it (sort of) come back. Well done!

  2. sodaklady said

    Thanks, Eric. I was very glad to find a file for the tiles or I’d have been drawing 200 pictures!! JK. I’d have found some stickers somewhere to use but they wouldn’t have been as cool.

    I’ve been having a nice time playing this solitaire while watching tv. Just enough mind exercise to please me.

  3. I’ve just found your blog/game review site Thoughts from the Gameroom and really enjoy reading your opinions specifically on Eurogames and a focus on Eurogames. I can’t wait to see your latest gaming review and what you have been playing lately.

    I would like you to know that the owner of Queen Games, Rajive Gupta, will be at the large Queen Games booth (701) at Origins on Thursday and Friday. Please stop by and say hello. If you want to schedule a specific time to meet with Rajive, please let me know and I can schedule that for you as well. We value your opinion.

    P.S. Queen Games and Rajive will be at GenCon this year as well if you can’t make it to Origins.

    my regards,

    Kimberly Tolson
    Manager of North American Operations
    Queen Games
    405.334.9538

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