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2012
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2 − 6
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Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
13 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
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8 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Dominant Species: The Card Game
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15,000 B.C. – a great ice age is ending. Another titanic struggle for global supremacy has unwittingly commenced between the animal species.

Dominant Species: The Card Game is a fast-playing game that abstractly recreates a tiny portion of ancient history: the ponderous rescinding of an ice age and what that entails for the living creatures trying to adapt to the slowly-changing earth.

Players will use six major animal classes – mammal, reptile, bird, amphibian, arachnid or insect – to further their goals in various terrain. Through wily card play, players will strive to become dominant at as many different terrestrial and sea biomes as possible in order to claim valuable victory points: It is survival of the fittest.

All of this leads to the end game – the final descent of the ice age – where the player who has accumulated the most victory points wins the game.

But somebody better become dominant quickly because it's getting mighty warm...

Dominant Species: The Card Game consists of ten rounds of competition, each round occurring on ten of the twelve different Biome cards. The player who starts a competition must choose to either play one Action card or pass.

Action cards consist of animals played to the table as well as events. Animals contribute their Food Chain values towards gaining valuable victory points at the various Biomes, and use their element icons to fight for control of the six Element resource cards. Animals can also sometimes suppress other animals, turning them from Healthy to Endangered, or Endangered to Extinct. Event cards can be powerful one-time effects or ongoing effects that last throughout the round.

Play proceeds clockwise around the table in like fashion until every player has passed consecutively or when any one player has passed with an empty hand. At that point Element cards and the current Biome card are scored, with victorious players recording their gains on the Victory Point Track. If the competition is at a Tundra, one or more dominant players will advance one space on the Survival Track.

The current Biome card as well as all played Action cards are then discarded, and a new Biome card brought into play. Finally, each player draws (and perhaps discards) new Action cards based on his position on the Survival Track, and a new competition round begins. Play proceeds from Biome to Biome in like fashion until the game ends and a winner is determined.

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Components:

  • 132 total cards (99 animals, 21 events and 12 biomes)
  • 12 wooden cubes in six player colors
  • 6 wooden discs in six player colors
  • 2 wooden pawns (white for the starting player, black for the Time Track)
  • 8.5" x 5.5" full-color cardstock play aid
  • 8.5" x 5.5" full-color rulebook

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Dominant Species: The Card Game
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English first edition
Publisher: GMT Games
Artist: Chad Jensen, Chechu Nieto
Year: 2012
Size: 9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 inches
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Release Date: Jul 2012
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1 Skrót zasad PL
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2014-01-31
1 Event cards transaltion in Greek
Μετάφραση των καρτών γεγονότων του παιχνιδιού ώστε οι παίκτες που δεν ξέρουν Αγγλικά να μπορέσουν να απολαύσουν αυτό το εξαιρετικό καρτοπαίχνιδο.
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2013-10-19
2 concise reference sheet by hecose
Reference sheet useful for quick referencing and provides a structured summary for teaching the game. If you are interested in ref sheets for other games that I’ve made (>200), a complete set is available at my boardgame blog, http://hiewandboardgames.blogspot.com/2010/12/concise-reference-sheets.html
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2012-09-28
4 Dominant Species - Rules Summary (1 page)
One-page summary of the rules for the Dominant Species Card Game. You'll still need the rulebook for the card explanations, though.
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2012-08-31
1 Traducción de las cartas de evento al castellano.
Una hojita Libreoffice Calc con la traducción de todas las cartas de evento. Ideal para superar la barrera idiomática y jugar con amigos no angloparlantes. :)
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2012-08-08
8 one page summery - fits in the box
This is a one page summery of the sequence of play, scoring rounds, ending the round, and end game scoring. fits in the box.
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2012-07-19
14 Card Inventory - Action and Biome Cards
Excel file showing Food Chain value and Element Icon counts for the "Healthy" side of the Animal Cards. Also shows the Biome Cards with required Element Icons and Food Chain adjustments.
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2012-07-11
5 Nederlandstalige spelregels
Dutch rules - version 1. With the permission of Tony Curtis at GMT.
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2012-03-08
5 Korean rules
If there is something wrong please send a geekmail or email to me. As I play this game, it may be updated.
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Simplified Chinese Rulebook of DS:TCG
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The Gaming Gang Episode 47: X-Wing, Dominant Species the Card Game, Wonderland, Menzoberranzan, Andean Abyss, and More!
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This Board Game Life Episode #017 – Dominant Creatures Big & Small
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Garrett's Games 323 - Dixit Journey, Scripts and Scribes Dice, Dominant Species Card Game
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