A Four-Year-Old Could Play Genesis
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You could teach your young son, daughter, or grandchild how to play Genesis. It’s that simple. They might not score many points, but they could easily play the game with you.
Here’s how you play. Roll a pair of specialized dice and place two of your correspondingly-colored tiles on the board on any open square other than a volcano, lava, or tar pit space.
How To Score Points in Genesis
You play Genesis as one of four “species” – Dinosaurs, Reptiles, Humans, or Mammals (not shown in the 3-player game above).
Your goal is to get the majority of your species in as many color groups as possible. Having the majority in the largest color group on the board scores the most points. If you have the second-largest “herd” in the group, you score fewer points. If you have only the third- or fourth-largest group, you score nothing.
Majority and second place in smaller color groups also score points. You play tiles until there are no more contiguous groups of three empty spaces on the board.
Winning Strategies for Genesis
Honestly, I haven’t played Genesis often enough yet to develop a strategy that will always win. There probably isn’t one. That’s probably a good thing.
What you do have to decide each turn is whether to add to a group where you already have a majority, to add to a group where you hope to get the majority, to start a new group, or to block an opponent from increasing his influence in a group.
These choices make for very interesting decisions, and that’s the heart of Genesis. Determining which option to choose should give you hours of pleasure playing Genesis. Each game takes an average of 45 minutes, but you’ll probably want to play it several times (in a row?) to increase your knowledge and skill and thus your chances of winning.