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Snake thinks of nothing but murder…

Dominant Species — A clever worker placement/area control/hose-thy-neighboring-genus game that may ultimately disappoint me by being nothing more than a “Figure out who is the leader and pound him” game, but could surprise me via sheer cleverness.

Update — Just to be clear, I have played this game (once, albeit shortened by 7 cards in order to ensure we finished before our venue closed). I suspect it won’t work in the long run, but will be good for 5-10 games.


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November 30, 2010 at 5:50 pm

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  1. We’ve played this twice now. I picked a copy up with the 50% off from GMT for P500ing the Paths of Glory 2010 reprint. Was definitely a good investment.

    I think we’ll probably see it every other session when we have six people for a few months at most.

    Charles Feduke

    December 2, 2010 at 11:09 am

  2. It struck me that there’s plenty of room for negotiation in the domination phase. “You score this region where I’m in second, rather than this region you’ve got to yourself, and I’ll score this region where you’re in second” seems pretty persuasive, and it seems like an excellent idea to collude with someone with complementary adaptations rather than compete with them.

    Fred Bush

    December 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm

  3. I’ve pretty much sworn off of any multiplayer game that has more direct confrontation than, say, Titan. I don’t enjoy trying to maneuver myself into the endgame in second place with an obscure but powerful plan to grab the lead.

    It’s the same reason that I find Power Grid fun when played naively but not when played competitively. (auction well! min/max investments! oops, you are punished for being in the lead.)


    December 6, 2010 at 12:34 pm

  4. […] the end game — All the pawns have been placed. We just have the competition (“Snake thinks of nothing but murder“) phase. Then the players will score 5 of the regions. Then book-keeping, then all the […]

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