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  • Writer's pictureDawn Dalton

These are a Few of My Favorite Games: Stomple

I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to talking about this game. This one always makes me smile when it gets brought up. My nephew calls it the Marble Game.

It's very simple, although not quiet in the least. You dump all of the marbles onto the game board and spread them out until they fill all of the holes. No cheating and organizing them, just wherever they land is where they are. Each player then picks a stomper out of the bag without looking.

Stompers are used to push the marbles through the holes during the game. This is where the game gets loud because the tray under the board is wood so the marbles rattle quite a bit.

The rules are simple: on your first turn, pick a spot along the edge of the board and stomp down the marble. If there is another one of that color adjacent to your stomper, you must keep stomping until there are no more of that color in your string. On your next turn, pick another color adjacent to you and stomp away. If there are no more marbles next to you, you can hop to a marble on the board that matches your stomper (and yes, you must stomp the string even though you don't want to). Once you can't move anymore, you are out of the game.

This is where strategy comes into play. You want to take out as many of your opponents marbles as you can while stranding them in a small island. Protect your marbles as best you can, but don't be afraid to sacrifice one or two along the way.

Games are super quick, which you know is my jam. We always play multiple games, but don't keep score according to the rules (because Aunt Dawn didn't flip the rulebook over and learn there there was actually a scoring mechanism).

If you're looking for a fast game, but like strategy, this is a game you will want to try. What other games do you like that go faster than chess, but use strategy? Let me know!

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