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Origins Errata (as of Jan 2008):
1) Add two final sentences to the “Auction” paragraph on page 6: A player who wins a public card with an Elder Loss icon must suffer an Elder Loss. This effect is a one-time event, and does not reoccur if this card is surpressed and later reset.

2) The first sentence of the final note of Page 10 should add the phrase “of his choice”. The second sentence specifies die roll results that contradict the table printed on the map. The two sentences should read: In the case of a modified roll of 6 or more on the Animal Husbandry table, the player (and a Neighbor [of his choice]) are stricken with a disease of Bound 1, per page 6. If a modified roll of 2 or 3 is achieved, the domestication attempt fails because the animal is too ferocious.

3) Clarification: If a player gains or resets an information card (see page 7), his hand size bonus occurs instantly.

4) Clarification: If the identity/ideology of a player changes (via a revolution), then the player’s new identifier letter is effective for all purposes (including bidding tiebreakers).

Origins Optional Rules (as of Jan 2008):
1) Voluntary Public Card Introduction. (recommended). Remove the rule (4th sentence of Page 7) that forces a player to play his Public cards immediately. Instead, a player may hold Public cards in his hand in the same fashion as Idea cards. If the Public card has a catastrophe, it must be announced and enacted during the Catastrophe phase during the turn drawn, but the Public card need not be revealed. If using this rule, replace the sentence on page 7 “If nobody bids on it, it is awarded to the current player.” with the sentence: “If nobody bids on a Public Card, then it is discarded and out of the game.”

2) Livestock Raid (recommended). [New Population Action, Era II and later, requires 2 population actions to perform]: If a Neighbor is at energy level one, advance to energy level one as well. Foodstock Raid (recommended) [New Population Action, Era II and later, requires 2 population actions to perform]: If a Neighbor is at footprint level two, advance to footprint level two as well.

3) Counterespionage (recommended). Allow the victim of a Cold War or Espionage action to block it by performing an Elder Loss.

4) No Final Chaos (recommended). On page 18, replace the first sentence with: “The game ends the instant the first player enters the Era IV Dark Age (or the Dark Age that follows Era IV if playing the full game using the expansion deck.) “ [This rule removes the disadvantage that the player ending the game suffers due to going into chaos.]

5) Repeat Domestication/Chaos attempts. Players are allowed to immediately reroll an unfavorable domestication or chaos die roll, if they expend an Elder, suffer an Elder Loss, or perform a fecundity increase. This can be done multiple times. This cannot be done for catastrophe rolls.

6) Swine Flu. Referring to the “6+” entry of the Animal Husbandry table, the Bound of the Disease, instead of being “1”, is instead considered to be whatever Era the curent player is in.

7) The Toba Event (This rule makes the cow hex a bit less attractive as a resource.) If the Yellowstone volcano card is drawn, instead of a volcano in America consider it Mount Toba in Sumatra instead which blows its top. This event removes all units in the Asian Elephant and Auroch Cow hexes to be lost, and forces two successive climate change rolls. [The Toba explosion, by far the most powerful in the last 100,000 years, caused a volcanic winter worldwide, in which much of the life on Earth perished. Humanity itself dwindled to perhaps just a few tens of thousands of persons, and this event isolated Cro-Magnon and Peking Man in Indochina from the rest of humanity (at the time spread thinly along the southern coasts from Africa to China). Because of the wind direction (the eruption occurred during the summer monsoons), six meters of ashfall buried every living thing in India.]
 
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7) The Toba Event (This rule makes the cow hex a bit less attractive as a resource.) If the Yellowstone volcano card is drawn, instead of a volcano in America consider it Mount Toba in Sumatra instead which blows its top. This event removes all units in the Asian Elephant and Auroch Cow hexes to be lost, and forces two successive climate change rolls.

Way cool! My ancestors, who are Batak, are from the Toba lake region (Toba is now a lake, or so it seems), and my grandfather grew up in an island on the lake. Thanks for including the event, Phil.

I hope you'll make a new card for the event for the expansion set.
 
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