Freakin' Fractals is a 2-4 player tabletop game where players race to be the first to fill in their side of the pyramid with all the same colored fractals! The pyramid can unexpectedly be turned. Or pieces can be stolen. Or cards can be taken. Frustrating fun!
A fractal is a never ending pattern that repeats itself at different scales. Natural fractals include branching patterns like trees, river networks, lightning bolts and spiral patterns can be seen in seashells, hurricanes and galaxies. Mathematical fractals are formed by calculating a simple equation an infinite amount of times, feeding the answer back into the original equation. A very popular example being the Mandelbrot set and the Sierpinski triangle (pictured below).
- Your very own Sierpinski pyramid!
- 12 small fractal pieces (4 of each color)
- 1 large 'MEGA' fractal piece
- 48 hexagonal cards
- 1 rule book
Each player gets one TAKE OR STEAL THE LARGE FRACTAL card. Throw the rest of the cards onto the table and mix them up. After sufficient randomizing has occurred, each player should draw four cards. All remaining cards go into the draw pile.
Youngest player starts the game play, of course. Try to fill in your side with the same colored fractals, before the pyramid is turned. When the pyramid in turned, whatever color is facing you is your new side. After you play one card from your hand, place that card in the discard pile and draw a new card; you should always have FIVE cards. The game continues clockwise. If the draw pile runs out, shuffle the discard pile and it becomes the draw pile.
Winning The Game
First player to fill in a side of the fractal with all the same color, and then place the LARGE fractal in his or her side, and exclaim "FREAKIN’ FRACTALS" wins! The large 'mega' fractal must be placed after the other three same colors on that side. For a longer game, decide the first player who wins three games is the ultimate champion.
Fill in a Fractal
Once you place a color in a side, only that color can be used to finish filling in that side (ie: There will be a green side, a blue side, a red side and a orange side). This card can also be used to fill in the LARGE WHITE fractal once all the other fractals on that side have been filled in. The large fractal may only be placed into the pyramid once all other fractals of the same color have been placed.
Take or Steal the Large 'MEGA' Fractal
Take the large fractal. After this card is played, no one may take the large fractal for ONE turn.
Take or Steal a [Blue, Green Orange, Red] Fractal
While stealing in general is frowned upon, you can either take an unclaimed fractal from the pile OR you can steal a fractal from someone else.
Twist the Pyramid Clockwise or Counter Clockwise
This could go either way for you, depending on who has how many fractals filled in. The side facing you becomes your new side.
Trade a Card
Luck of the trade. You don’t get to look at the other player’s card before choosing. Blindly draw from another’s hand, and then they draw a card from the draw pile.
Drawing A New Hand (This is not a card, just an option)
Players may forfeit their turn to discard all their cards and draw five new ones.
If you’re interested in learning more about fractals, take a look at the www.fractalfoundation.org. The site has some really interesting reads about the wonderful world of mathematics and even has some interactive fractals to play around with.
About the Game Designer
Weston Bell-Geddes makes lots of virtual reality games which can be found on Steam and Viveport. Weston also admires fractals, so he made this game. (Why not, right?). If you have any questions, concerns of fractal puns please feel free to reach out at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit his website at www.westonbdev.com.
Risks and challenges
Throughout my entire life, all I have ever made is computer games. This is my first ever real game and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. My biggest challenge is going to be mass producing the game pieces, especially the Serpinski pyramid.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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