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Year Published
1997
# of Players
1 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 1, 3, 4, more than 4 players
(18 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
9 and up
Playing Time
480 minutes
User Suggested Ages
14 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Primary Name
American Megafauna
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A quarter of a billion years ago, an unknown catastrophe engulfs the Earth. The swamps and ice caps of the Permian are replaced by the blistering deserts of the Triassic. On both land and sea, 96% of the animal species die.

In the corner of Pangea that will be known as America, small survivors cautiously sniff the post-holocaust air at the dawn of the Mesozoic Era. Some of these unspecialized quadrupeds have sloppy ever-replacing reptile teeth, these will be the dinosaurs. Others have sculpted "one-shot" teeth, these will be the mammals. The victor in this titanic ecological struggle will determine the masters of the planet.

Clearly, the ruling reptiles triumphed since that day, 248 million years ago, and dominated for 170 million years. Only to be overthrown, in what must be the upset of the eon, by the mammals. Yet the contest is not over.

American Megafauna pits dinosaurs against mammals in ancient America. The game is designed for two to four players, from ages 9 to adult, or can be played solitaire. It recreates the titanic contest of these two types of prehistoric beasts from the Triassic to the present.

This is a game of ecology, evolution, and DNA. Players start as one of four nondescript archetypes, but can branch out to new species from this basic type by bidding on genotype and DNA cards as they are revealed. For auction "currency," players use gene coins from a "gene pool." DNA cards allow players to create strange animals, from cud-chewing crocodiles with antlers, to saber-tooth meat-eating camels.

In the advanced version, the continent of Laurentia is occasionally flooded or glaciated; greenhouse levels change; and the three Milankovich cycles are handled by cards that occur with historical probabilities. Biome cards, including cicada prairies, mountains, ice sheets, and mangrove swamps, appear on the map in succession according to "climax" ratings.

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American Megafauna
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Publisher: Sierra Madre Games
Artist: Phil Eklund
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Year: 1997
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7 American Megafauna Player Sheets - Player Aid
These are printable player sheets (in case you don't want to cut the rulebook). The right page is the only one you need.
English
2011-05-06
4 American Megafauna Player Sheets - Reptiles
These are printable player sheets (in case you don't want to cut the rulebook)
English
2011-05-06
5 American Megafauna Player Sheets - Mammals
These are printable player sheets (in case you don't want to cut the rulebook)
English
2011-05-06
8 American Megafauna Solitaire Map
A solitaire map for American Megafauna
English
2010-10-10
7 Línea del tiempo y Secuencia de Juego en Español
Hoja tamaño DIN-A4 con la línea del tiempo para colocar las cartas de juego y la secuencia del juego traducida al español a partir de las Living Rules v.2.5
Spanish
2009-02-25
11 Reglamento en español American Megafauna 2.5
Traducción de las Living Rules (9-06-2008) al español. Juego introductorio y versión 2.5.
Spanish
2009-02-04
1 Capecalius.doc
One of my genotypes.
2007-04-30
1 SuitabilityDatabase.zip
Biome/Prey Suitability Access Database
2005-09-16
3 AMFfifthplayer.pdf
5th Player Reference Sheet
2005-09-16
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1890
Strategy Game Rank: 786
Num Ratings: 308
Average Rating: 6.97
Standard Deviation: 1.67
Num Views: 84612
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Avg. Game Weight: 3.8
Fans: 27
Personal Comments: 193
Users Owning: 570
Users Wanting: 85
Users Trading: 22 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 0
Want Parts In Trade: 1
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Total Plays: 555
Plays This Month: 0
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