Aw, you got a great ditrigonal icosidodecahedron?! Euclid's blessing you! I got like, six cubes!There is absolutely no secret that the Polyhedral Gnomes of Polyhedra have a serious obsession with shapes of all kinds. That this obsession extends to the games their children play should be wholly unsurprising. At least Stackstones is relatively harmless, unlike the Gnome Punting traditional game that originated in the vicinity of Soniuch Zan.
The historians of Polyhedra are in constant argument as to whether the Stacks or stackstones came first, as both were born early on in the foundation of Polyhedra. Either way, the manner of housing and play is consistent between the gnomes - expert stackstone players are often later given apprenticeships into architectural fields due to their understanding of stability, and Polyhedra's finest architects are reportedly experts at the game.
Using a nonconvex great rhombicosidodecahedron isn't fair! That's practically a sphere!Stackstones is a simple enough game in concept. At the start, a small circle is drawn in the centre of a flat surface with a larger circle drawn around it, generally with a radius of 10cm. Each player - and it's generally accepted that the maximum number of players should be no more than 6 - draws a stone from their bag, and must place it in the circle. Once this initial setup is complete, the player who drew the shape with the highest amount of sides must draw again from their bag and place it so that it is touching the face of another stone and does not move. Turn order proceeds from the left of this first player. The first few rounds are most commonly players filling up the bottom of the circle with a layer of varied shapes, with very few failing at such an early stage. When this bottom layer is full, however, the fun truly begins as players must lay down their randomly-drawn shapes atop the mess of polyhedrons without causing any other shape to disrupt the others. It's a very precise and careful balancing act, and one that hones instincts of carefulness within polyhedral children. Most games of stackstones end up being intense competitions between two particularly patient gnomes, each constructing towers until they give way.
Components and tools
The kids enjoy the weirder sets, but honestly? Outsiders have it right this time. Simple is better.A bag of stackstones can be bought at most shops in Polyhedra, with each containing different shapes and sizes of stackstone. Some try to stay closer to more common forms of polyhedron (for instance, cubes, hexahedrons, and pentahedrons). Others challenge themselves to form bags of the most utterly bizarre shapes possible, with such tokens as the great retrosnub icosidodecahedron and the small stellated truncated dodecahedron. Foreigners will often join with simple bags filled with the 7-piece polyhedral dice sets sold elsewhere.