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Alfred's Wyke
Alfred's Wyke
by GAMES Magazine (2008)
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Playing Time
30 minutes
  • Abstract Strategy
  • Designers
  • Andrew Perkis
  • Mechanisms
  • Tile Placement
  • Area Control / Area Influence
  • Family
  • Combinatorial
  • Player Count: Two Player Only Games
  • Components: 4 x 4 Grid
  • Digital Implementations: Super Duper Games
  • Digital Implementations: Abstract Play
  • Rating: 7.26/10 from 16 users


    Published in Games Magazine in September 2008, Alfred's Wyke is a two player game where one plays the Builder, the other the Destroyer. Square tiles are place in 2×2 plots that are arranged on a 4×4 grid (except for one pair of opposite corners that start with just 3 tiles). The Builder tries to build up two-story "houses" (2×2×2), while the Destroyer tries completely demolish buildings in order to create empty plots (2×2×0). On each turn, the players select from a menu of five tile placement/removal options:

    • 1-1-1-1-1 (one at each of five different plots) Note: If and only if each player has claimed six plots, meaning only four plots remain unclaimed, this option becomes 1-1-1-1.
    • 2-1-1 (two at one plot; one at each of two others)
    • 2-2 (two at each of two plots)
    • 3-1 (three at one plot; one at another)
    • 4 (four at one plot)
    However, after each player has taken one turn, only three are available on any turn, because a player cannot pick a set that has been selected in the previous two turns. Once a plot is completely built or torn down, it is claimed by a player. The first player to claim one of the following wins the game:
    • four plots in a row (orthogonally or diagonally)
    • four plots in a 2×2 square
    • four more plots than his opponent
    • a total of seven plots

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