[Icehouse] n00b: paper pyramids--heft and stackability?

Brian Campbell bpcam0 at student.umass.edu
Fri Dec 9 18:28:33 EST 2005

(Disclaimer: I don't actually own the paper pyramids, I'm just going  
on what I've heard)

It should be possible to make the paper pyramids stackable. All you  
have to do is cut off the botom flap.

It is also possible to give them more heft, by putting something like  
aquarium gravel in them, and gluing them shut. Obviously, this is  
mutually exclusive with making them stackable.

Most games can be played with 4 stashes (a stash is 15 pyramids of a  
single color), usually in the standard colors of red, green, blue,  
and yellow. A lot of games are one stash per player, which means that  
4 stashes should be sufficient if you have 4 or fewer players. The  
most notable game that requires more than 4 stashes is Volcano, a  
popular game which requires 6 stashes (well, really 5 1/3 stashes).  
The paper Icehouse set comes with enough pyramids for 4 stashes (60  
pyramids), so that should be fine for most games. If you want more,  
you can buy the black and white paper icehouse set, which comes with  
one black stash and 3 white stashes. You can use one of those as a  
white stash, and color in or decorate the others to get two more colors.

There is a FAQ currently. It's on the Play Again Games wiki, although  
maybe we should move it to the IcehouseGames.org wiki so more people  
will be able to find it. It is located here:


In order to help people out with selecting games, I've recently put  
together a page on popular Icehouse games in various categories. This  
can help you find games that you can play with particular numbers of  
stashes, particular numbers of players, games with certain kinds of  
mechanics, and so on:


On Dec 9, 2005, at 5:10 PM, Mark Crane wrote:

> Hi,
> total n00b here.  I couldn't find a FAQ and have a bunch of questions!
> Are the paper pyramids stackable?  And has anyone found a way to add
> heft while retaining stackability?
> How many pyramids do I need to be able to play the bulk of the most
> popular games?
> Thank you.
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