Components

  • 50 wooden droplets
  • 4 player boards
  • 1 custom die
  • 1 wooden pebble
  • 1 game board
  • Rulebook

Object of the Game

Be the first player to fill your player board by dropping the wooden pebble into the pond and collecting the matching colored droplets.


Setup

Give each player a round player board. Place the box bottom (including the game board) on a flat surface in the middle of the playing area.

Pour all of the colored wooden droplets into the "pond" in the center of the board.

Place the wooden pebble and die within reach of all players.



Game Play

Whoever went swimming most recently goes first and play continues to the left. On every turn, roll the die and then take one of the following two actions:

Free Pick

Take any one colored wooden droplet out of the pond and add it to the matching colored space on your board. This ends your turn.


Time To Splash!

Drop the wooden pebble into the pond the number of times that you rolled and see if you can make any droplets splash out.

Each time, hold the pebble about a foot above the game board and then drop it into the pond.


Did any colorful wooden droplets splash out?

If so, look at your player board and see if any match the color of an open space around the border. Add any that match open spaces and then place any leftovers back into the pond. This ends your turn.

If no droplets splashed out or you can't match any of the droplets that splashed out, your turn simply ends. (Return any unused droplets back to the pond).


Splash Notes

  • Occasionally some droplets may "splash" out of the box. In this case, simply place them back onto the board until the end of your turn.

    (You may still take any that match, if needed).

  • For advanced players:

    You may toss the pebble into the pond instead of dropping it. Try different angles when you toss to see how they make the droplets splash out!


End of the Game

The game ends as soon as one player is able to cover all the spaces on her board with the matching colored droplets.



Variations

  1. For a more cooperative game: Play ' as normal except instead of returning any leftover droplets to the pond at the end of your turn, share them with other players who may need them to fill in their boards.

  2. For a more competitive game: If you roll a number on the die, you may only toss the pebble into the pond until at least one droplet splashes out.

    For example, if you roll a 3 and some droplets splash out after your first toss, you may not toss two more times.


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