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Strain (2011)

Average Rating: 5.98/10
Board Game Rank: 6727
Strategy Game Rank: 1298
Family Game Rank: 1135
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Year Published
2011
# of Players
3 − 7
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 players
(6 voters) [poll]
Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Strain
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Strain is a game of competitive bioengineering. 3 to 7 players race to create microorganisms by placing Organelles and Cytoplasm around their Organism tiles. Players battle each other by deploying Toxin attacks and placing Virus tiles on opponents.

Game Play:
A players turn consists of three phases:
(1) Activate Dormant tiles & Draw 3 tiles into hand
(2) Build up your Organisms by playing tiles & Attacking others
(3) Score Organisms & Discard all but 4 tiles

Strategic tension and timing come from the need to use your Organisms tiles to make ATP (the currency of the game) or Toxin (the ability to attack) causing your organism to lose resistance and become more vulnerable. Dealing with this delicate balance of weakening to become stronger is key to the game. Game play is quick and easy-to-learn.

Object of the Game
The first player to complete 12 victory points by completing and scoring their microorganisms wins the game.

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Components:

  • 80 Cytoplasm tiles
  • 100 Petri Dish tiles (Organelles, Virus, Actions)
  • 40 Organism tiles
  • 64 Resistance tokens
  • Simple full-color rules

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HungryRobot edition v3
Publisher: HungryRobot
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Year: 2013
Product Code: strain
Size: 8.00 x 8.00 x 2.00 inches
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Release Date: May 2013
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Publisher: HungryRobot
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Year: 2012
Product Code: Strain
Size: 8.00 x 8.00 x 2.00 inches
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Release Date: Sep 10, 2012
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Publisher: HungryRobot
Artist: Avrom Tobias
Year: 2011
Size: 8.00 x 8.00 x 4.00 inches
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3 Strain Rules v3 for 3rd Printing
Rules shipping with the 3rd printing of Strain. The rules feature better pacing/spacing for quicker/easier understanding.
English
2013-03-17
2 Strain Rules v2 Second Edition
These are the rules shipping with v2 of the game. It fixes some typos and streamlines chain reactions. Note: Some images did not show in the last uploaded version of this file. I changed the compression options for this new PDF and all the images are now apparent. Otherwise the file is the same as before...
English
2012-06-20
2 Traduction tuiles - STRAIN
Traduction des tuiles du jeu en français.
French
2012-03-19
3 Règle du jeu en français
Traduction des règles du jeu en français - French translation of the rules
French
2011-08-13
4 STRAIN rules - Korean
If there is something wrong, please send a geekmail or email to me. As I play this game, it may be updated.
Korean
2011-07-22
4 STRAIN Rules - Catalan
Version 1.2 - Generously translated by Marc Figueras (Oersted)
Catalan
2011-06-23
2 STRAIN Rules - Spanish
Version 1.2 - Generously translated by Marc Figueras (Oersted)
Spanish
2011-06-23
19 STRAIN - English Rules
Version 1.2 - Slightly Revised Rules than the one shipping in the v.1 of the game. Clarifies the build phase for the Organism Card.
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2011-06-23
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 6727
Strategy Game Rank: 1298
Family Game Rank: 1135
Num Ratings: 85
Average Rating: 5.98
Standard Deviation: 1.52
Num Views: 33740
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.2
Fans: 16
Personal Comments: 26
Users Owning: 185
Users Wanting: 11
Users Trading: 16 [find trade matches]
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Total Plays: 108
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