How should one describe ‘Elementos’? Draughts? Rock-Paper-Scissors? Draughts-with-Rock-Paper-Scissors?
Elementos is a beautiful game: a nice wooden grid board that folds in on itself to house the chunky wooden components. The aim is simple: to move your coloured peg from the ‘home’ space at your end of the board to the opponent’s. The player uses their pieces to forge a path upon which the peg hops. Pieces can slide forward, diagonally or ‘take’ based upon the following rules: fire takes wood (represented by a tree symbol); water extinguishes fire; wood takes water. Simple.
– Low learning curve
– Stimulates discourse as players discuss tactics
– Very fun!
– Makes you think!
– Peg movement rules can often be overlooked