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Subject: Immigrant Predator With Choice Of Two Prey rss

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N Edmond
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In a Vassal game, we've just had human immigrants invade the Arctic and they are equally able to eat White's nocturnal shrew-cows (in the rooter slot) and Red's beaked dino-diggers (in the herbivore slot).

How do we decide who the immigrants eat?

Thanks,

Neil

 
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Jeff Pratt
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I don't think it matters. They don't actually remove any pieces, they just check that there is SOMETHING to eat and then they sit in the predator spot and compete with anything else that tries to enter the predator spot. (Of course, If I'm not mistaken I seem to remember that if there is both a rooting animal and an herbivore in the same biosphere the predator space can actually contain two predators that won't compete, because they have two food sources to support them.
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Dom Rougier
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That's correct - the only time this matters is during a herbivore contest, and if there are two herbivores and the predator can only eat one of them, then the vulnerable one will go extinct (and will take the predator with him - the invader has come in and disrupted the ecosystem).
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True - and that's exactly why it matters: Exploiting the predator-defence weakness of another player's herbivore by expanding into their biome and forcing a Herbivore contest can - on a tight board - win a scoring round... and therefore the game.

So it's worth knowing who the immigrant predator would prioritise.

I'll run it past the Yahoo group, too.

Thanks for the responses,

Neil
 
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Ryan Dodge
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Hey, this is an old thread, but in case you never got a clear answer...

The immigrant is able to feed on both, so you never need to choose outside of a predator face-off when there is more than one food source (a herb/rooter situation). You never assign the predator to one herbivore/rooter or another. There is no "priority" in this game.

In the herbivore culling contest, the check is "Is there at least one predator in this habitat that can eat me?". If the answer is "yes" to one herbivore and "no" to another, the "no" wins. Even if one herbivore can be eaten by two predators in the habitat and the other herbivore only by one of them, it still doesn't matter and you'd check teeth.

RJD

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