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Who hasn't come across this pastime of many holiday-makers? Even before breakfast they go to endless trouble to place all available towels on the sun loungers--naturally as inconspicuously as possible, in order to reserve the best places at the hotel pool.
Of course there is no guarantee for the most desirable sun beds, because latecomers do not hesitate to throw other tourists' towels into the pool and replace them with their own. Only the arrival of pool attendant Luigi and his colleagues puts an end to this lively battle for best Pool Position.
The closer the sun loungers are to the pool, the more desirable they are and the more points a player therefore needs and earns for placing a towel on these well-positioned sun beds. But the pool attendants are keeping a watchful eye out and once a certain number of them have reached the sunbathing area, the game is finished and the player with the highest score wins.
- 1 hotel pool area
- 75 towels
- 13 pool attendants
- 5 point saver cards
- 5 life belts
- 60 numbered cards
Average Rating: 3 in 1 review
Ever been on a holiday and stayed in a hotel with a swimming pool? If you are the first in the morning at the pool, somehow people occupied all the best deck chairs by placing their towel on top of them. Well...must be Germans.
Yes, the time would come that Germans made a game about their nasty holiday habits. What is more fun (for Dutch...) is to take the towel and throw it in the pool and see the Germans come at around 11:00, seeing you on their chair, getting mad and totally pissed-off when seeing their towel in the pool..soaking wet.
Well, that's what this game is all about. Occupy as many as possible deck chairs and throw as many as possible opponents' towels in the pool.
Without going too much in the rules, the game is fast and has nice variation as saving points for the '15-point chairs' (while cards with points only go up to 12) and the bath attendants (all of them called Luigi...). Once they arrive at the scene, you can throw away towels of other players in the pool. But every time you do this, the attendant comes closer and closer to the chairs. If he is standing next to a row of chairs, you cannot throw away the towels anymore of that particular row.
It is a fast, but simple game (no real tactics) but we enjoyed it. But then, we're Dutch and we pretend the towels were from Germans....
I recommend this for people enjoying a nice closer or a warmup game before the serious games.
Remember: (i) The best lounge chairs are closest to the swimming pool; (ii) you claim a lounge by tossing your towel On it; (iii) all pool attendants are named Luigi. Players simultaneously turn over numbered cards from their pile. The card values, from highest to lowest, determine the order of play. Interestingly, you use the value of the card just below yours, so the last player gets the highest value. Use your value to grab the best lounges you can afford. Luigi appears in rows in which all lounges are taken. Now comes the fun: You can swipe someone's lounge chair by placing your towel on it and tossing theirs into the pool. This makes Luigi come closer to putting a stop to all the fun. How's that for realism? Highest score basks in the sunshine.
I was reading through the latest Adam Spielt catalogue and there it was, a game about the traditional German sport of trying to get your towel onto the sun-loungers next to the pool. I had to get it didn't I? -- if only to reward the author, a member of one of world's smallest groups, Germans who can laugh at themselves. When it arrived it came in a smallish box containing a board, 75 small tokens representing towels, 15 in each of 5 designs, 13 white pieces representing pool attendants, all called 'Luigi' for some reason, 5 cards for saving points, 5 sets of 12 cards, numbered from 1 to 12 and a very comprehensive set of rules in no less than five languages including English.
The board shows a pool, and seven rows of sun loungers next to it. The rows are numbered from 1, (furthest from the pool) to 15 (nearest), and the number of loungers lessens as the value rises, 6 in the lower value rows, reducing to 2 in the 15 row. There are also little paths of stepping stones to the side of both rows and columns. Play is quite simple. First all players choose one of their cards and place them face down in front of them. The cards are then revealed simultaneously and the order of play is decided. The method for this is rather odd. The player who played the highest card, plays first, but uses the points on the second-highest card. The player of the second highest card plays second and uses the points on the third highest card and so on, until we come to the player of the lowest card who plays last but gets the points from the highest card in compensation. Ties are split by the card played in the previous round, if that doesn't split them, the youngest player plays first, not a very well thought out rule.
Players use their points to place a towel or towels on loungers. Placing a towel costs the value of the row as shown on the board. Up to 5 spare points may be saved, using the point saving cards, or alternatively any points on the card may be added to the points from the card, essential if you want to get a towel into the 15 row. Once a row or column has filled, Luigi, the pool attendant for that row appears and one of the white markers is placed on the crazy paving path, on the stone furthest from the loungers. Every time that a further row or column fills, all the Luigis on that side, (either the rows or the columns), move one step forward. The appearance of the Luigis also means that stage two of the game can start, removing other people's towels, throwing them into the pool, and replacing them with your own. This costs the same as placing the towel initially, but is much more fun, especially since the other player's towel gets all wet once it has been in the pool, and so can't be used any more. Each time that a towel is replaced in this way, the two relevant Luigis, one for the row and the one for the column, move one step closer to the loungers. But all good things must come to an end, and once a Luigi reaches the end of the path nearest the loungers, the fun must stop, and all towels in that row or column are then safe from further attacks. The game proceeds until a certain number of rows are safe, the number depending on the number of players, and then ends. Players get points for each of their towels still on a lounger, the same number of points for each towel as the number of that row, so towels may score between 1 and 15 points depending on where they are. The player with the highest number of points wins.
I really wanted this game to work, but unfortunately I don't think it does. The card mechanism seems clumsy, and the tie breaking rule is very poor. Also the paths for the Luigis seem a bit short to me, which means that the game has hardly started before it's over, and the chances for interaction are very restricted. If they were twice as long there would be a lot more scope for conflict, but with as few as three stones next to the highest value row, there is little opportunity for skulduggery. A shame, the theme is so good, it really deserves a first class game, unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be it.