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David G

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Not sure this really classifies as a "variant", but whenever I play with my kids, we play with open scoring. Instead of hiding the food in the bag, we line up stacks of 5 so it's easy to see who's ahead and by how much.

My 8-year-old daughter loves this game, we've played it nearly every day this summer. When we used the bags, the food would just go away. But when it's out, her focus is on how many pieces she gets each turn (because she has to count the stacks), and she'll compare our stacks. It just changes the focus from 'building cool animals' to 'how effective are my animals'. When the whole family plays together, it also helps the kids' carnivores decide whose species to go after.

I found the same tactic worked when I taught my wife to play. Having stacks of food out effectively demonstrates how two or three extra pieces of food per round can quickly turn into a huge lead.
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I've never played it this way! I always assumed it would lead to a king-making problem on the last turn of the game. But I can see how it's a nice benefit when playing with the entire family.

Please let me know if the last round turns into an issue with your family. It's something I'd be interested in hearing about.
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Konrad P
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I think the fact that points are a secret adds a lot of interesting tension to the game - while also allowing players to focus more on the current turn. Removing it has decreases the fun factor (in my experience).
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