Rumis Is Blokus or Tetris in 3D
The challenge in Rumis is to not only use as many pieces as possible but also to keep them visible from above.
There are restrictions to your play depending on which of the 6 base boards are used and how many players there are. If you look at a given base board, you’ll see the height limit imposed on the structure. For example, in the standard pyramid formation, the outer rim may only be 1 block high. The innermost area can be up to 4 blocks tall (in a 4 player game).
Part of the trick of playing Rumis is that you have to play your pieces adjacent to blocks you’ve already played. It is possible to cut someone off from the rest of their pieces, effectively making this a player elimination game once in a while. So you need to play wisely to prevent this from happening by keeping your options open.
When everyone has played as many pieces as possible, you look at the structure from the top – from a bird’s eye view. You count your Rumis squares and then subtract the number of bits (whole pieces, not squares) you weren’t able to play. The difference is your final score, and as usual, the highest score wins.
Balance playing your Rumis pieces on the top of the several levels with the total number of pieces played and you are almost certain to do well at Rumis.