Worm Derby

Players 2-4
Length 30-40 mins
Equipment Required single standard piecepack
Designer Mark A. Biggar
Version 3.2
Version Date 2004-08
License Copyright 2002, 2003, 2004 by Mark A. Biggar under the GNU free doc license , dual-licensed CC BY-SA 4.0


A game of racing worms through a field of obstacles. Each worm is a line of piecepack coins that moves by moving coins from one end of the worm to the other. The worm movement is borrowed from a German game called "Wurmeln" by Alex Randolph, but no other details are the same.

This game requires a playing surface of about 3x5 feet.


Design Notes

  1. I had seen about 5 minutes of a game of Wurmeln being played about 18 months before I wrote up this game, but didn't remember that until several months later.
  2. I was playing around with a set of coins and kind of reinvented the move a coin end-to-end worm movement.
  3. The first version didn't have the obstacles, just the start line and the turn pylon. The obstacles were added by accident during a playtest session, when one of my nephews built a wall with the unused tiles around his brother's run-away leader worm, saying "I've got to slow him down somehow."
  4. The idea for moving obstacles was added several playtest session later.

Reviews & Comments

One of the RecommendedGames. (./) (./) (./)

This was my first piecepack game design -- Mark A. Biggar


BGG page: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/20315

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