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Dominant Species

  • Apr 13, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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A very heavy strategy game!!!! Analysis paralysis people are discouraged from attending, as this is a brain burner. A very good game for those who haven't played it yet.

Game Overview
90,000 B.C. -- A great ice age is fast approaching. Another titanic struggle for global supremacy has unwittingly commenced between the varying animal species.
Dominant Species is a game that abstractly recreates a tiny portion of ancient history: the ponderous encroachment of an ice age and what that entails for the living creatures trying to adapt to the slowly-changing earth.
Each player will assume the role of one of six major animal classes -- mammal, reptile, bird, amphibian, arachnid or insect. Each begins the game more or less in a state of natural balance in relation to one another. But that won’t last: It is indeed "survival of the fittest."
Through wily action pawn placement, players will strive to become dominant on as many different terrain tiles as possible in order to claim powerful card effects. Players will also want to propagate their individual species in order to earn victory points for their particular animal. Players will be aided in these endeavors via speciation, migration and adaptation actions, among others.
All of this eventually leads to the end game -- the final ascent of the ice age -- where the player having accumulated the most victory points will have his animal crowned the Dominant Species.
But somebody better become dominant quickly, because it’s getting mighty cold....

Game Play
The large hexagonal tiles are used throughout the game to create an ever-expanding interpretation of earth as it might have appeared a thousand centuries ago. The smaller tundra tiles will be placed atop the larger tiles -- converting them into tundra in the process -- as the ice age encroaches.
The cylindrical action pawns (or "AP"s) drive the game. Each AP will allow a player to perform the various actions that can be taken, such as speciation, environmental change, migration or glaciation. After being placed on the action display during the Planning Phase, an AP will trigger that particular action for the owning player during the Execution Phase.
Generally, players will be trying to enhance their own animals’ survivability while simultaneously trying to hinder that of their opponents’ -- hopefully collecting valuable victory points (or "VP"s) along the way. The various cards will aid in these efforts, giving players useful one-time abilities or an opportunity for recurring VP gains.
Throughout the game, species cubes will be added to, moved about in, and removed from the tiles in play (the "earth"). Element disks will be added to and removed from both animals and earth.
When the game ends, players will conduct a final scoring of each tile -- after which the player controlling the animal with the highest VP total wins the game.

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  • Beth S.

    Very good game! And it was a pleasure to meet everyone there. I learned a lot for the next play. ;)

    April 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Surprise x2 everyone showed

    April 14, 2013

  • UncleKarl

    Misha didn't get back to me so I guess I'm out>

    April 13, 2013

  • UncleKarl

    I come if Misha will let me car pool

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, looking forward to playing this. Been on my wishlist for some time

    April 9, 2013

    • matt a.

      cool, I've only played it once and I liked it

      April 11, 2013

  • JP

    I'm sorry I have to cancel - I have a course from 10am-6pm that day! I'll be late, and my brain will be fried.

    April 10, 2013

  • Misha

    Oh what! Dominant species? sweet. Good game. Hey Beth I could drive you back home if you needed a ride.

    1 · April 5, 2013

    • Beth S.

      Yes, I'd appreciate a ride home, Misha. Thank-you. :)

      April 10, 2013

  • Rod

    rats i have to bow out, duty calls !

    April 9, 2013

    • UncleKarl

      OMG, First TI, now DS, you suc soooooooooooooo badly! I still think your cool Rod, even though everyone else thinks your whiped. Can you make A&A on May 4th?

      April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh also, if anyone needs a ride I've got some space, just text me at[masked]

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • matt a.

    Max players is 6, I couldn't/don't know how to put a max size for the meet up

    April 3, 2013

    • UncleKarl

      Taken care of>>>>>>­>>>>>

      April 4, 2013

  • JP

    I really want to try this one out! It's going to be a busy weekend but I'm gonna try to make it.

    April 3, 2013

  • Beth S.

    If anyone could give me a ride, I'd appreciate it. Better than taking the bus to the Park.

    April 3, 2013

  • Beth S.

    I should be able to make it. :)

    April 3, 2013

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