November 16, 2013 at 3:13 am #812
Hey ya’ll. I discussed this concept briefly with Tim a few weeks ago and have forgotten to write it down here. So.
GMO basically takes the evolve mechanic from March of the Ants to the next level. You evolve a mutant hybrid species of creatures that competes with other players’ species for evolutionary dominance. This is represented in two ways:
(1) There is a “battle board,” kind of like a Pokemon arena, where combat between your species is played out. I’m not sure how this would work. Maybe it’s a modified and expanded rock-paper-scissors style of combat (a la Pokemon) or maybe it’s something different altogether. I think, though, that success here should at least partially depend on hidden information and the ability to outfox your opponent by guessing what they might choose to present in the arena and countering it somehow. As opposed to rolling dice or something like that. Probably flipping cards. I mean, who doesn’t like saying “Flipadelphia!”? We should probably just make a set-collection game — like the game Slamwich (if you dig) — that takes place on the streets of Philly and is all about making different kinds of Philly cheesesteaks. The game would obviously be called Flipadelphia because…well, you flip cards *and* everyone is flippin’ out for delicious sandwiches. But I digress.
(2) There is an “area control board,” a map that represents how dominant your species has become over the terrain of the world (probably an island somewhere in the south pacific?) where this game takes place.
So, there’s the micro level of flipping and fast action and combat and then the macro level of board/area control for the bigger picture victory conditions. The theme is the icing on the cake as who does not ironically enjoy playing a corporate mad scientist unleashing ecological devastation? The animals would have cool names, like Rakunk and Pigoon (though not those exactly). Maybe you just mash different animals together? I don’t know. Traits and specific characteristics (like wasp venom) would be sweet, too.
Let me know your thoughts!
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