I finally got a chance to try Nanuuk today. The rules translation is a bit funky and I've got some questions. (I found the updated English rules on Guenter's site which has helped.)
Sorry, my english is always funky.
The english rules were written before the german rules because I showed the
game to an inuit woman. Changings were made in german rules and later
translated into english.
1. When you "exchange" an animal for equipment do you physically "trade" the animal for the equipment? In other words, do I give up my seal (and the 2 points) to get a kayak or do I get the kayak because I have a seal when I go to the igloo?
The winner is the best hunter (not the *richest* one). So you count how much animals are hunted during the game. A seal which is changed into a kayak scores the same two points as a seal which isn't changed.
Please have a look at the player sheet. At the left side there are the animals in the *pocket* of the hunter. At the right side there are the animals in his *kitchen*.
In his *pocket* there is only space for one animal of each (if you ever carried two whales in your pocket you know why ;-) ). So he has to bring the animals at home before hunting more animals. The inuit hunt seals for meal and for making a kayak. That's the best use.
2. When does the game _really_ end? Today, the final animal was unreachable except by kayak. Since no one wanted to give up the two points for the seal (see question 1), everyone agreed that the animal would be unclaimed.
You don't give up points if you change an animal for an item of equipment (Otherwise it wouldn't be clever to use equipment): *The players get points
for each animal they hunted (= for all animal stones at the left and right
side of the player-sheet)*
The game ends, if nobody wants to move (or is unable to move). So it's better to stay in the igloo (2 points) than to hunt a fish (1 point), if you cannot go back after hunting.
I thought that I explained my rule correct since the last changing of the english rules (7.Jan.1999). But it seems, that more english speaking gamers read the rules as you. Maybe you've some english words for me how to explain this in the right way? It would be a great help for me.
Out of topic: Some words about Arabana-Ikibiti
We have always played the German version of the A-I rules and it has been a favorite of ours for quite a while. We don't like the American rules since they tend to reward luck instead of skill.
That's my opinion too. I like the original rules more, but many gamers like
luck in game. So it's ok that KOSMOS made the american (mainstream) rule as a
main rule and my rule as a variant (at Kahuna issue).
Yes, you can get some one-sided games with the German (i.e. original) rules and the inexperienced player usually loses.
That's right, too.
Regarding Nanuuk, I want to make sure I understand what you have said:
1. If you have a whale, it means you can _always_ get any piece of equipment you need as long as you go to an igloo?
If you have a whale you get all items of equipment in the igloo.
2. Can you get a dog and a sled on the same trip to the igloo assuming you have a whale?
In the igloo you leave the whale (and inuk) and take dog AND sledge AND kayak
The verb "exchange" is what is confusing to me. "Exchange" to me means "give up one thing to get another" hence my confusion.
ah, that's the trap. I mean exchange between your *pocket* and your *kitchen*
(animal from the left to the right side - equipment from the right to the left
side of the player sheet). But it's all your own. Only the place where you
leave your animals/equipment changes.
Just to make sure of one last point:
Once I have hunted a whale, I can always get a dog and a sledge and a kayak every time I enter an igloo. Correct?
it's a nice optional rule, really. But my thoughts were:
if you enter an igloo, f.e. with a seal and a whale, you may choose
1. you leave all animals (and the inuk) in the igloo and get one dog, one
sledge and one kayak (you never can get two items of the same equipment).
If you leave the igloo and come back without new animals, you get no kayak, no
dog, no sledge.
So maybe it's better to choose
2. you leave the whale (and the inuk) in the igloo and get one dog, one sledge
and one kayak. By leaving the igloo the seal stays in your *pocket*. You hunt a
fish and a walrus by using doublemove and kayak, go back to the igloo, leave
fish, seal and walrus and get one dog, one sledge and one kayak
If you'll hunt a second seal, you may choose
3. you leave the seal in the igloo get one kayak. By leaving the igloo the
whale stays in your *pocket*. The inuk follows you. Normally you don't hunt two
whales, so this option will be better than option 2. (but not, if you need a
double move or you'll pick up another inuk, that nobody else can hunt a whale).
So it depends of the situation which option you choose.
another possible but rarely played option:
(4. you leave the igloo with all animals you hunted, because you've already all
items of equipment. In this case you'll surely win the game, whatever you do)
Two other minor questions:
1. In a 2 or 3 player game where the whole board is not in play, can you play cracks on those squares not in play or are they considered not part of the board any more?
Right, squares you don't need are water. So you cannot play cracks there.
2. This one may be obvious but can you move on to a field with an animal without hunting it i.e. fish-field but I already have a fish in my "pocket?" We assume no but it is good to ask.
You always may enter a field without hunting. Maybe you've already a fish or
you want to pick up another fish at your next turn (it's possible that one fish
could be reached by several players and the other could only reached by you).
Feel free to use my question in FAQ if you want.
Thanks, it's much work now, but a great help. Next time I'll try to discuss the rules with you before publishing :-).
We played a couple of games with two players today and it was quite enjoyable. Both games were very close.
Thanks and: the rules I made must not be the only way to play. If you like an
optional rule more than the original rules tell me.
Hmmm, well, your explanation helped make it a bit more clear. I'm still not clear on one point. Let's take this situation:
I come to the igloo with a whale and a seal. I put both in the igloo and
"convert" the whale into the dog, sled and kayak. I leave the igloo, use
all the equipment and come back to the igloo with a walrus and a fish.
Now, I didn't "convert" the seal into a kayak earlier. May I now do so?
Or, is it that you only have one chance to "convert" the seal into a kayak and that is it at the time you move it from your pocket to your igloo?
yes, that's right.
I suspect that you mean the last case but I want to make sure.
One other question: In your example, you mention picking up another inuk. Is this legal? We assumed that you could only have one of each animal and only one inuk with you (in your pocket) at one time.
For picking up a second inuk you've to leave the first inuk in the igloo. You
leave the inuk in the igloo at the time you convert a whale (no other
The inuk always follows the whale he has hunted.
If you leave the whale in the igloo you *convert* whale AND inuk into
equipment. But it's not right to say you convert an inuk, so I say you convert
the whale and the inuk follows the whale. If you've left the inuk in the igloo
(at the right side of the playersheet, together with the whale) you've a
chance to pickup another one at the left side of the playersheet.
Great! I think I finally understand the "conversion" of animals to equipment.
We played the correct way today and it worked pretty well. It certainly makes the decisions a bit more difficult.
The only other thing that still bothers me a little is the end-game but I think I can live with that.
Yes, some turns before *official end* you may agree who get which animals and
finish the game.
I might try updating your English rules myself to make them easier to understand (with your permission, of course.)
oh yes, it would be a great help for me.
Thanks for all your help,