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Subject: Carnivores eating carnivores? rss

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Mark Jackson
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Just played our first game of this and just wanted to make sure that carnivores can eat other carnivores. It makes sense thematically that they can, and we played that they could...
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Benjamin Goldman
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Yup, Carnivores are equally vulnerable to attack as any other species.
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Chris Currie
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Not only can they, they should. It's one of the primary ways that you can bust up your oppponents' points engines. I don't think Carnivore starvation is going to be as common in E:tB, primarily because of the 'free' species players get on their turns that they can toss to their Carnivores to prop them up while waiting to draw the right Traits to tuck into an opponent's juicy Fertile cattle species.
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Zwaloo wrote:
I don't think Carnivore starvation is going to be as common in E:tB, primarily because of the 'free' species players get on their turns that they can toss to their Carnivores to prop them up while waiting to draw the right Traits to tuck into an opponent's juicy Fertile cattle species.


I'm not sure if this is correct. We regularly let our free species starve (if we don't eat them ourselves) just to make sure we don't help feed our opponents. We've had several head to head games where one player triple protects a species and just gets 2 food a turn (saving all of their cards and letting their free species die) to kill off their opponent's over populated Carnivore.
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domcrap wrote:
Zwaloo wrote:
I don't think Carnivore starvation is going to be as common in E:tB, primarily because of the 'free' species players get on their turns that they can toss to their Carnivores to prop them up while waiting to draw the right Traits to tuck into an opponent's juicy Fertile cattle species.


I'm not sure if this is correct. We regularly let our free species starve (if we don't eat them ourselves) just to make sure we don't help feed our opponents. We've had several head to head games where one player triple protects a species and just gets 2 food a turn (saving all of their cards and letting their free species die) to kill off their opponent's over populated Carnivore.


I should've been more clear! I should've said "I don't think Carnivore extinction via starvation is going to be as common in E:tB". Carnivore populations are going to starve; a freebie species is only good for two food.

I agree that Turtling up is a great way to let an opponent's point engine throw a rod and fall apart.

I'm really impressed with E:tB. The fact that players always have at a minimum of two food for at a minimum one of their species (two free watering hole food or a one pop freebie that's good for two Carnivore food) is genius and keeps folks from feeling shut out.
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