Dominant Species Board Game

90000 years ago, a great ice age was fast approaching. A fierce new struggle for the dominance of species has unwittingly begun between different animal species.

Dominant Species is a game that abstractly recreates a small part of the story: the heavy consequence of an ice age and all that it requires for living creatures trying to adapt to the slow changes of the earth.

Dominant Species

At the start of the game, the animals are more or less in balance with each other. But this balance does not last long. Eventually, the strongest species will survive. By crafty moves, the players aim for dominance on as many different terrain tiles as possible in order to obtain cards with powerful effects. Players also want to spread their species further to get more points for their specific animal species.

The players can do this by means of species, migration and adaptation actions. All this eventually leads to the end of the game, the final phase of the Ice Age. The player who has won the most victory points can declare his animal species as the dominant species in the animal kingdom. Hopefully, one animal species will quickly become dominant because it will be freezing cold. The large hexagonal tiles are used during the game to create an ever-expanding earth, as it might have looked thousands of centuries ago.

The smaller Tundra tiles are placed on the larger tiles, reducing the terrain to Tundra. The cylindrical action pioneers (APs) control the game. Each action piste gives the player the opportunity to perform various actions. These can be actions specific to the species, change of environment, migration or ice formation.

After being placed on the action board during the planning phase, the player performs the corresponding action during the execution phase. In general, players will try to increase the survival rate of their own species while simultaneously trying to prevent their opponent's chance of survival. In this way, they hope to earn victory points (VPs). The different cards help to achieve this goal and give the player a one-time advantage or an opportunity to earn multiple victory points. During the game, clay cubes will be added, moved or removed from the tiles in the game (the Earth). Element chips are added or removed from both the animals and the Earth.

At the end of the game, an end count of each tile is kept. The player who controls the species with the most victory points wins the game.