Nomids - Looney Labs - $20
Game title: Nomids
Game description: A fast and easy introductory game that is great for all ages and playable by as many as 10 people. Nomids is a perfect introduction to the Looney Pyramids - a multi purpose game system with endless variations. When you combine game sets, you can play even more games! This set includes 30 pyramids, a tree each of all 10 colors, plus the rules to Nomids. Overviews of 3 other games you can play with just this set are included (full rules available online).
Full Nomids Review
Part of the Pyramid Quartet, a series of standalone pyramid sets from Looney Labs, Nomids is the simplest of the bunch. A great introduction to pyramid games, the box includes 10 trios of pyramids, a die, rules to play the game, and three other games that can also be played with the set. Each of the Quartet games also expands Pyramid Arcade. Nomids is also a great and inexpensive way of starting a pyramids collection to play one of many other games.
On its own, Nomids is a straightforward, elementary game. The goal of the game is to get rid of all your pyramids. Starting with three pyramids of different colors, players roll a die and take whatever action it shows. You can trade pyramids, steal pyramids, discard pyramids, give a player a pyramid from the bank, or add a pyramid from the bank to your own collection. Collect a set of pyramids in a single color to discard them. That’s it! It’s a little bit of luck, a little forethought, and a lot of colored pyramids.
As far as pyramid games go, Nomids is the most basic, making it family-friendly and super quick to play. The value in the box isn’t really Nomids itself, but the pyramids inside and the overviews of three other games that can be played with what you get inside. Included in the rulebook are overviews for Pharaoh, Pyramid Shambo, and one of the more popular pyramid games, Treehouse. Of course, there are many others you can play as well, and even more, if you have more pyramids.
Looney Labs has changed the way they’re sold pyramids over the years. It used to be that you’d buy them in Icehouse sets, then, by the Stash, then in Treehouse Sets, and currently in the Pyramid Arcade box. The rules for the various games have always been free to download on their site, as the real purchase for many of these games were the pyramids themselves. The new Pyramid Quartet boxes are some of the first stand-alone pyramid games released since the original boxed sets of Zendo and IceTowers in the early 2000s.
Nomids, and the other Quartet games, bring the feel of the smaller Stash releases of yesteryear back with the updated look and feel of the Arcade era. For $20 you’re getting a ton of pyramids to either kickstart your collection or expand upon what you already have. It’s a great deal, as only Nomids and Ice Duo contain 10 sets of different trios in the new sets. If you’re looking for more in-depth games, though, Nomids is probably the only game out of the Quartet you’d probably want to skip.
I’ve been a fan of Looney Labs’ pyramids since I first got my old, green Zendo boxed set. In my mind, you can’t have too many pyramids, and I look forward to adding more of the Quartet to my collection. Nomids has been a great way to introduce my kids to pyramids and the basics that carry over to most other games that use the pieces. Soon they’ll be playing, and most likely winning, Homeworlds against their old man and hopefully passing that joy on to their own children in the future.
A copy of Nomids was provided free for review by Looney Labs
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