What is less? Well, just about everything in your life – less time, less fun, less relaxation. But Less is a little game that can actually offer more. Less works a lot like chess – only without all of the pieces, and with a put-together game board and pieces that fit into a pocket-sized case. So you can play more with Less than ever before. (Pun fully intended.)
Less doesn’t take very long to play, so it is great for filling up wait-time anywhere you have a table surface. It can be played by two to four players.
Less got started when Aleksandr Starovojtov and his family went to the seaside for vacation. They forgot to pack the family board games! Rather than mourn over the forgotten amusements, Aleksandr grabbed some beer coasters from a local bar and invented Less.
The game is truly ingenious. The square board pieces are laid out at random. They are imprinted with narrow lines and bold, broad lines. Players have three moves (three squares) per turn. When they encounter a broad line or wall it counts as two moves; it there are two walls, it will use up all three moves. Players can also jump over other pieces – and this counts as one move. The goal is to move your pieces from your corner to the opposite side of the board first. The game comes in a two-player package, that can be upgraded to a four-player game by adding another packet. The playing pieces are all-natural pegs made from beech and walnut wood.
The backs of the playing board pieces are imprinted with designs created by Slovenian artist, NatanEsku. Also available are designs by the winners of a pre-Kickstarter contest. The designs are bold and colorful – and can double as drink coasters.
You can try out the electronic version of the game by using the Facebook link in the Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign created by Invented4.com, the company that helped Aleksandr polish his game for publication.
Pledge rewards will be copies of the game. Single copies of the game start at $16.00, a double set is $28.00. The early bird specials have all been snatched up, but you can still sign up for a sixpack for $66.00 – and that’s a great savings if you know that you will have several people getting together at the same place.
All contributors who have given a minimum of $2.00 to the crowdfunding campaign will be privileged to download a copy of the game and the rules upon completion of the Kickstarter. They will receive Twitter notification and access information. Availability is expect to occur October 2015. The printed game should be ready in November 2015, and it ships anywhere in the world.
This is a game suitable for families, groups, or just about anyone, anywhere. You don’t have to be able to read or count above three to be able to play. Of course, it has a strategy element – like Chess but Less. So no fair pitting the Kindergarten crowd against teen agers! With that said, this is a game that has endless variations and can be played quickly or used for hours of fun.