I've read the rules and have some questions.
Is it as chaotic as it seems to be?
Is there a space for any strategy? Or just tactics?
Is it serious and manageble chaos management game or funny beer and pretzels filler?
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Sure, it's a little chaotic. Because, even if all players have the same deck of cards, the cards do not come in the same order.
I think "serious ans manageable chaos management game" is right. With what the cards give you, you have to take the right decisions. And to choose what aspects of the game you want to balance with Buildings and Advantages.
For exemple, the Trade Building protects you again the imprevisible lack of some Resource. If you combine it with ONE production level 2, you'll never go down one Age of Evolution.
In fact, you can plan the way you will drive your Civilization. For exemple, chosse to invest in Population and to do not go very high in Evolution. Or stay with a little population, have an easy evolution, try to get all the Discovery Cards, and grow in Population near the end (in this case, use the Prestige to save your Victory Points).
You can also choose to jump the Ages of Evolution by spending Science. Good idea, but you will loose Discovery Cards, and also you will not be really able to invest, because you'll have to satisfy very soon multiple needs of your population.
We'll soon say more on the website, giving tips. But it will be a kind of "spoiling" : in S-Evolution, there's a strict order behind the apparent chaos. Find it yourself, and you'll win...
For exemple, anyone can tell how to know the color of the Discovery Card of another player ?
So, S-Evolution is not a straight management exercise, not a mathematical test, but beer and pretzels, no ! Pretzels, maybe...
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