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Erik Capps
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We seems to be on a kick of doing Kickstarters lately! Today we'll be taking a look at Super Tooth! Super Tooth is a dinosaur themed set collection game in which you try to collect sets of plant eating dinosaurs to turn them in for Cretaceous Coins. At the time of writing this game only has 11 days left on kickstarter so if the game sounds fun to you check it out!

As this is a Kickstarter game when reviewing the rulebook we understand that games may not have the entirety of their final art assets complete yet so we give lenience to the graphics sections if necessary. However we still expect the rulebook to be properly organized, clear, cover everything, and be written well. If you'd like to see the rulebook in PDF form to follow along check it out here. Let's get started!

Organization and Layout: The organization is a bit wonky. Things that should be side bars are information placed right on top of pages, the credits section is in the middle of the rules, and the win condition is kinda crammed into the bottom of a page under some diagrams where I might miss it. You can still read the rulebook and follow along easily enough, however the rulebook would look much better with some changes.

Clarity: I didn't find myself confused at any point while reading the rulebook which is especially good since this game looks to be themed for a younger audience. A job well done on this front.

Graphics: The rulebook has some simple diagrams that work quite well. Showing the symbol for each type of cards while explaining them in the rules really makes the types of cards sink in. My only large complaint is the “Diagram of a Turn”. The rules are already written quite well and this diagram makes things look much more complicated then they really are. This could easily be eliminated and with some good layout choices make the rulebook stronger.

Depth: The rulebook covers every edge case possible and explains them clearly.

Writing: I didn't catch and typos or grammar errors which is always good! Everything is presented in the kind of professional manner you expect with rulebooks and I can't really find fluff anywhere.

But as a mustache, Susan knows much more about dinosaurs and rulebooks then I can even imagine! On the Susan Rating Scale this game gets:


No Curls Up


Susan's Explanation: I hate to give this such a low rating as there is such a solid foundation for the rulebook here but the layout of the rulebook kind of forces me to. You can still easily learn the rules from it, but it could be SO much better! It's sad that all the assets are there along with the potential for it to look like this.

That's today’s Rulebook Review! If you have any thoughts on the rules of this review let us know below. For more rulebook related goodness check out Rulebook Review. If you'd like to follow our reviews here on BG subrscribe to our geeklist!

Till next time remember: Every Game Deserves A Good Rulebook.
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You are far too generous.

The rules in this game are an absolute mess. I refuse to believe that anyone could have play tested this game along with the rules and said, "yeah, that's perfect... there's no better way to do this".

The rules booklet, along with the 5 or 6 additional double-sided rules cards look like first drafts. They often use unclear, mixed terminology like "(this card) protects you from..." What does "protects you" actually mean?

We still have no idea just exactly what "Hot Sun" and "Foliage" do besides allow an extra card each in the Landscape area. Why are some dino cards marked with those symbols?

Why would the game designer put non-game-related symbols (such as "Kickstarter exclusive!") in the exact same location as game-related symbols? It's maddening.
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Hi Skadar - this is good feedback. We attempted to make it easy to identify a card that was not a 'base game' card by adding an icon to the top-center of the card (icons in the top-center of the card have no function in the game and serve only to indicate to which expansion the card belongs). I can see that this causes confusion and would consider an alternate location for future printings based on the feedback we have received.
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