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Subject: Would buy this game but... rss

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Giuliano Bartolucci
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This is my problem: I'm really intrigued by this game but I usually learn rues BEFORE proceeding to chart...
In this case I'd like to virtually explore the game AND try to understand if my knowledge is solid enough to let me play without coming back to biology books...
Anyone willing to share english rues?
I know the developer allows just for the living online version, but I need the exacy set of rules I would find in case of purchasing...
Any contribution highly appreciated
 
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Christophe Denoize
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The living rules are just an updated version of the rules. There's no major changes, only more details, so I would say it's better to read the living rules and never touch the rulebook, except for the pictures.
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Dom Hiob
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two pieces of advice and an opinion.

1) go with the living rules, they're fine and coincide for the most part with the printed rules (plus some clarifications and such, from what I've seen)

2) there's a very good playthrough by Gray Board Gamer (?) on YouTube. You can really pick up on many mechanisms, and see them in the works.

3) Opinion: I have no clue about biology. But I don't think that's needed to play and enjoy the game (in fact, you'll probably come out having a better idea about certain biological facts than going into the game).
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Dom Rougier
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The living rules are (currently) clarified versions of the printed rules - there's no major functional differences, at least the last time I checked.

But. Trying to learn a Sierra Madre game from the rulebook alone is frequently an exercise in frustration. BIOS: Genesis may be worse than most for that, since the same pieces have different names depending on context.

The problem is that BIOS: Genesis (and the other similar games) are simulationist games - they present a (biased!) model for reality and then apply that through the rules.

This means in practice that there are tons of moving parts, which interact in often non-obvious ways. Even if the actual mechanics are simple, usually it takes at least one game for me to see how the are supposed to fit together, even if this game is played solo.

Having said that, once things are on the table and pushed around, things usually make a lot more sense.
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There are a few walkthrough's on Youtube that have been very helpful for me.
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Keith Scholes
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Just on a practical note, to add to the advice given above, I wouldn't take too long to decide whether to buy or not, as the game seems to be selling out quite quickly, and may become difficult to get hold of. Possibly it would be worth buying a copy just to try it, if you don't like it I suspect it would be possible to sell on fairly easily due to the potential scarcity.
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Giuliano Bartolucci
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Thank you so much, everybody!
Think I'll give it a serious try...and maybe let you know if it was worth it
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Pawel Garycki
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BIOS Genesis are in fact three game in one:
* building life game (refugees)
* bacteria survival game (microorganism)
* organ evolution game (macroorganism)
With an additional focus on parasites.
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DomHiob wrote:

2) there's a very good playthrough by Gray Board Gamer (?) on YouTube. You can really pick up on many mechanisms, and see them in the works.


Here is the link to the above mentioned playlist of Gray Board Gamers playthrough. It is really well done!
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyYbAnLd5hgZj5113RPCl_...

I tried to replay the example in the rulebook, but without a proper cardlist it is nearly impossible. Besides some errors. I just rechecked the living rules. No changes to the latest version from Nov. 27th.

What I am really missing are living rules with the proper images. And proof reading of the rules.
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keitharchaeologist wrote:
Just on a practical note, to add to the advice given above, I wouldn't take too long to decide whether to buy or not, as the game seems to be selling out quite quickly, and may become difficult to get hold of. Possibly it would be worth buying a copy just to try it, if you don't like it I suspect it would be possible to sell on fairly easily due to the potential scarcity.


You were sooo right...my copy was 34,90€, but next day, cecking the same site B:G was 49,90€...
 
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