In the spirit of our Puzzles & Games 10-Day Challenge, I thought I’d highlight one of my favorite game genres, the Constructible Strategy Game. First marketed by Wizkids with the game Pirates of the Spanish Main, this new game has you building miniature three-dimensional sailing vessels from styrene cutouts that fit together with simple slots. Wizkids trademarked the name PocketModel and continued the concept with a Star Wars miniatures game and the decidedly less successful Rocketmen. Wizards of the Coast, another massive games company, added their hat to the constructible game ring with the Transformers 3D Battle-Card Game, which was wildly unsuccessful, but had the interesting twist of having each figure being able to be constructed as a robot or a vehicle, with each form having different powers, woo!
While a few of these games have been successful, I think there is a lot of room for improvement in the design department. If any of these games gets your creative juices flowing, and you want to try your hand at a constructible strategy game, there’s still time left to enter the 10-Day Design Challenge and, luckily, styrene is freely available for your use.