ID for evolution-themed '80s board game
May 23, 2011 6:59 AM Subscribe
Half-remembered board game ID question: In the mid-'90s, my family was visiting some friends who owned a strange board game involving evolution, species, a hexagonal grid, and lots and lots of dice. What was it?
posted by Johnny Assay to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (7 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Here's what I can remember about this game:
- Each player played a single species, trying to manipulate its traits in order to allow it to take over an island.
- The island was irregularly shaped and divided up into hexagons — on the order of 40-50 of them. The hexes had different colours depending on the type of terrain they were supposed to represent (grassland, forest, mountains, etc.)
- Each of the four players had a supply of about 30 small six-sided dice (in different colours) used to represent the population of their species. So as a species grew fruitful and multiplied on a given hex, you'd put a die on that hex with the 1 on top, then later turn it so the 2 was on top, then later the 3, and so forth.
- You could swap traits that would help you survive and multiply faster. Certain traits allowed you to survive in more environments, or to be able to migrate between hexes, or to increase your population more quickly. However, you usually had to trade off between these traits.
- The game already seemed kind of old when I saw it; if I had to guess, I'd say that it was published between the late '70s and mid-'80s. But I could be way off on that.
Does this ring any bells for anyone? Googling has yielded nothing definitive.