North Star Games designs party games that don't suck! Play them with your non-gamer friends over the holidays.
First there was Hearts, then there was Spades, and now we bring you Clubs. The suit of clubs finally gets some respect!
I suspect that the decisions about snowflakes and suns (how many? on which cards?) were heavily influenced by playtesting.
Yep! It's a gentler game to new players if the climate gravitates towards more food on the warm side. But don't forget there are 3 Volcano Eruption events that drive the climate colder. So if the game plays itself, it will play out more gently a higher percentage of the time but get driven into the cold on specific isolated games. It works nicely.