Sunday, January 15, 2012

Game Profile: A Few Acres of Snow

Name  A Few Acres of Snow
Byline Recreate The Struggle Between Britain And France For Control Of North America
 Mechanics Card Drafting, Deck Building, Area Control
Theme War Game
Publication Treefrog Games, 2011
Ages 13+
Time 60 - 90
Players 2

A war fought at the edge of two mighty empires.  For over one hundred and fifty years Britain and France were locked in a struggle for domination of North America.  Thousands of miles from their homes, settlers and soldiers were faced with impenetrable forests, unpredictable American tribes, and formidable distances.  Despite these obstacles they were able to engage in bitter warfare, with the British ultimately taking the prize of Quebec.  A Few Acres of Snow is a two-player game that allows you to recreate this contest.  You can change the course of history by your decisions.

A Few Acres of Snow takes an innovative approach to the subject, using cards to represent locations and manpower.  As the game progresses you add to your selection of cards, increasing the range of action available to you.  There are many strategies to be explored:  How quickly should you build up your forces?  Do you employ Native Americans?  What energy should be expended on your economy?

The game is about more than just fighting, you must successfully colonize the land to have a chance of victory.  The game features a board depicting British and French settlements in New England and Eastern Canada.
"The title is taken from a supposed quote by Voltaire (always good for a snappy line).  It is meant to be his response to the news of the fall of Quebec, as in 'Ha, it is only a few acres of snow'."  . . . . Martin Wallace (game designer)

AWARDS:  2011 Golden Geek 2-Player Board Game Winner and Best Innovative Board Game Winner

Keywords: A Few Acres of Snow, War Game, Game Profile

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