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About Circle of Life

Designer:
Nick Bentley
Artist:
Nick Bentley
Editor:
publisher  
Year:
2000
Developed by
Adam Novotny (A-dam)
Number of games played
5 681
Number of players:
2
Game duration:
22 mn
Complexity:
3
Strategy:
4
Luck:
0
Interaction:
2
Release
191022-2035

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Rules summary

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Players alternate turns placing one token of their color on the board.

The tokens you place will form "species", which can devour each other following the order of the food chain displayed around the board.

When a token you place completes a shape, if it forms a species touching an opponent species directly following it in the food chain, the tokens of this "prey" species are devoured, and removed from the board.

Sample terminology (feel free to come up with something better) starting at the top:

 solo eats 4line (longline ?)
 4line eats star
 star eats diamond
 diamond eats snake
 snake eats curl
 curl eats hockey
 hockey eats thumb
 thumb eats triangle
 triangle eats 3line (tripline ?)
 3line eats pair
 pair eats solo

The first player having devoured 20 of his opponent's tokens wins the game.

Another victory condition is to be unable to place a token (which means you managed to occupy the ecosystem with species of your color).


Remarks :

  • You may devour several instances of a same species at once, if the opportunity occurs.
  • A species may arise near one of its predators without risks. Predation action only occurs when a token is placed
  • You CANNOT create a species with a group of more than 4 tokens. Consequently, managing to own territory will limit your possible moves.

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