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The cards will work. I may suggest you at least add a reshuffle card. The die in the game means that a creature may never move the whole game. Agree it is very unlikely....but much more random. With cards, you guarantee each monster will move on their allotted odds. Using a double deck with one or two reshuffle cards may be the answer for the card version.
Yes, that should be an interesting effect (if desired).
I'm not sure the "less randomness" of a deck of cards with guaranteed draws would pose such a problem though.
firstly because the actual placement of creatures is random and secondly because with my suggested mechanic of playing 2 cards in combination (but only using the creature of one and the number of the other) that kind of mitigates the "every creature gets played" issue.
But the re-shuffling could be interesting.
I was going to add a "whirlpool" card (or set of cards) and also boats (for variants where boats can be moved more).
The whirlpool card could be used for the re-shuffling i guess, and it could also be used to force players to discard their hand (to prevent too much card collecting for optimal plays).
How about a volcano? (could also be the reshuffle card) or islands?