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So when you buy cards... can you just pick anyone you want? Is the deck open and exposed or is it a normal closed deck and you draw and then choose to buy or not?
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It's open so you can choose the one(s) you want to buy....
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doesn't that mean each game plays much the same.. aren't there cards better than others, so after a while people just always buy the them.. leading to the same kind of games and even worse who ever gets the cards first (from that initial dice roll to select players wins)?
 
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There are very limited numbers of the cards, and also a very wide selection (especially if you have the expansion). Moreover, more important than the cards are card combos.

If for example you preferred first purchases would be A, B, C - and a player before you buys A, then you may no longer prefer B and C at all, but now prefer D, E and F.

Moreover, what cards you want depend on your position, score, the board state and so on. I have a great like of Movement/Speed, the aggressive cards and versatile eating cards. We played a game last week, where I took only one card from any of those pools, and not through lack of choice.

Some cards are definitely better than others for a given player and situation, but they are pretty balanced overall. I think I've seen them all played numerous times - certainly the base game cards, and most of the expansion cards too. Even Doris and Frank!
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Yeah, there are bettter genes, but it depends... our group observerd, there are different type of players among us. Everybody has a favourite strategy. There are 'predators', herbivores', 'tortoises' or even 'r/K startegists' (yes, most of us are biologists ) The main thing, as others said, you have to combo with the cards available, and it's rarely he same.

PS. Yesss, we do LOVE the Doris and Frank gene... thumbsup
 
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Different people think different genes are the best. And what genes someone thinks are best may change with more plays. I suppose if you play many games with the same group, a group think may set in about what genes are better. Even then, as other pointed out, conditions will change what genes are considered best. And the environment cards insure that conditions will develop differently in each game.
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Another point - you can be forced to put cards back, giving others the chance to grab them.

Also the expansion (which I insist on calling Primordial Soup: Freshly Spliced because that's how I originally misread it) lets you vary the available cards.
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So many times I see a "perfect" combination one time we play, and I'm adamant to try that in the next game ... but when that game comes around, the different conditions and different things other people do can ruin your perfect plans laugh
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