GMT Games Dominant Species
|Sub Brand||Ice Age|
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- For 2-6 players
- Takes 2-4 hours to play
- Great strategy game
- 3rd edition of the game
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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 for 2 to 6 players 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 groups-Mammal, Reptile, Bird, Amphibian, Arachnid or Insect. Each begins the game in a state of natural balance with regards 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 draw beneficial Dominance Cards. Players will also want to propagate their individual Species in order to earn Victory Points for his particular Animal. Players will be aided in these endeavors via Growth, Migration and Domination actions, among others. All of this eventually leads to the end game - the final ascent of the Ice Age - where the player with the most Victory Points will have his Animal crowned the Dominant Species. But somebody better become dominant quickly, because it's getting mighty cold. Components - a 20-page full-color rulebook - one 22" x 34" game board - six Animal Displays - 27 cards - 31 large and 12 small hexagonal tiles used to create Earth - 330 wooden cubes in six colors representing the Species belonging to the - six Animal groups - 60 wooden cylinders used for the Animals' Action Pawns - 60 wooden cones used as the Animals' Domination markers - 120 round markers representing the Earth's resources, called Elements - 6 square markers used to show each Animal's Initiative (turn order) - one cloth bag.
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The game is long usually 2 to 3 hours, occasionally longer with more players. Well worth it though.
I would highly recommend to those who like an intense strategy game or war game as Dominat species can be broken down to building armies, in vading, and controlling area, with worker placement.
The cons of this game is there is A LOT happening. If you easily get overwhelmed by a lot of choices then you may want to reconsider. Because of how quickly the game can change directions new players may feel very confused and unsure of what direction they need to go in in order to win.
This game is also LONG. For new players, it takes at least 15-30 minutes to explain the rules for players to truly grasp the core of the game. If you are playing with a new group, expect this game to take 3-4 hours to play. However, if you can keep turns quick, you can finish this game in 1 to 2 hours.
However, if you like complex games with a variety of elements as well as something to challenge an medium-advanced group of gamers, then go for this game. It's a surprising amount of fun.
With that said, I find it hard to find many willing to play with me after a game or two... I call that a WIN for me, but...