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First there was Hearts, then there was Spades, and now we bring you Clubs. The suit of clubs finally gets some respect!
One minor concern I had was that the individual animals seemed rather... Faceless. Sure I have a climbing long neck forager in front of me... But it still doesn't have a personality.
We struggled with this for a long time.
At one point, we worked on an idea where there were different graphical elements to your species. Swimming would give your species fins. Climbing would give them a tail (or claws). It was really cool with about 25% of the traits, but it worked horribly with the rest.
We tried having the undifferentiated species each have a unique graphic, but this also didn't work at times depending on the traits you played.
In the end, we thought it was best to have the Species Boards be plain, and to have the graphics on the cards help bring out the unique qualities of the species. It's not perfect, but it was the best we could come up with.
But I LOVE that you've come up with your own solution that works for your group. Enjoy!