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Subject: Basic card deck preferring hot over cold climate change rss

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There are in total 4 more sun icons than snowflake icons on the cards
(each trait that influences climate shows a net +3 tilt towards either hot or cold and there are 4 cold-preferring vs. 5 hot-preferring traits, plus Carnivore which is hot +1).

Is this a political statement about climate change?

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Bob Horton
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I think it's possibly to make sure players don't end up stuck in a rut by being in the cold part of the track and having their new species immediately killed by cold (as they are unlikely to be bigger than BS2 after one turn), and so by having warm more likely, players can bring themselves out of this jam without having it wreck their game.
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zendracan wrote:
Is this a political statement about climate change?


Of course it is! But I doubt that it was an intentional statement about climate change.

I suspect that the decisions about snowflakes and suns (how many? on which cards?) were heavily influenced by playtesting.
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AndAgainMA wrote:
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.
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domcrap wrote:
AndAgainMA wrote:
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.


It also seems somewhat accurate regarding the actual climate swings experienced during the time frame that Evolution is loosely set in.
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I don't view Evolution as being set during any specific timeframe. Nor do I see my species as dinosaurs or whatnot. I know a lot of people view it that way, but there is nothing to confirm that opinion.

Frankly, given the alternate natural history aspect of Climate and the ability for species to evolve that have never existed on Earth, it is far easier to see Evolution happening on some alien world or something. As far as scientists can tell, life throughout the universe should all obey the same laws of evolution by natural selection, so Evolution could be anywhere at any time.
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AndAgainMA wrote:
zendracan wrote:
Is this a political statement about climate change?


Of course it is! But I doubt that it was an intentional statement about climate change.

If it was a statement, it would surely be a scientific one rather than political.
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