Ragnetti is a simple and fast game included in “Il gioco è tratto” (the game is drawn), a book/collection of 32 games. All the games are very different each other, with just one common point: they all can be played with a sheet and a pen.
From the editor:
” In a gaming world that runs towards bigger more expensive graphics and compoents, ” The game is drawn” walks in the opposite direction, exploring what has been done and what still can be done with only a clean sheet of paper and a pen. Mathematical games, narrative games, dexterity games, strategical games; inedit games created for this book, classical games and reworks of existing board games, from authors like Reiner Knizia, Leo Colovini, Paolo Mori, Yusuke Sato, James Ernest, Martin Gardner and many others. A book to let you discover, but also mostly play, games.”
In Ragnetti, 2 players compete as small spiders, trying to build the strongest web. In a grid 4×4, players connects dots from different sides of the grid, giving a value from 1 to 5 to the just drawn line. When all the dots are connected, the players check the shapes created with the intersections of the lines: Each line value is calculated to check who wins the shape, so the winner scores as many points as the sides of the created shape. A simple and fast game, easy to learn but with a good strategic depth and interesting choices.