I wish I could play more games.
Collecting games is not playing games.
Yeah, I knew I had to have mucked something up, Synod was such a tight small game and there was a weird disconnect with this one I figured it was something I misunderstood.
I read that manual backwards and forwards a half dozen times and totally missed it. I should not read manuals when tired. Emphasis is mine.
Well done rulebook that I can't read properly, obviously wrote:
Shuffle together the 44 Seed cards, forming the deck. Deal 3 Seed cards, face down, to each player. Players may look at the cards they are dealt, but keep them secret from the other players. Move the deck to the side of the play area, and place the top 3 cards of the deck, face up, in the middle of the play area, side by side.