|Players:||2 - 6 players|
Ecosystem is a card drafting game where the players are choosing cards and placing them into their play area turn by turn. The cards in a player's grid make up their own personal ecosystem, and the player who has the most efficient ecosystem will be the winner.
Bears score by being placed next to Bees and Trout. Trout score by being placed next to Streams and Dragonflies. Streams are compared at the end of the game and the players with the largest will receive points. There are just a few examples of how scoring works in Ecosystem.
Each player's ending play area will consist of 20 cards, and there are 11 different card types in Ecosystem. The possibilities are nearly endless. Just don't forget to diversify!
Using simultaneous card drafting over 2 rounds, you are playing animals into a 4x5 grid to make your ecosystem. Animals score depending on other animals next to them, for example a bear scores 2 points for each adjacent trout and bee, while a fox only scores 3 points if it is not adjacent to wolves or bears. You are deducted points if your ecosystem is not diverse enough so you can't concentrate on just one or two species. The art is lovely. However, the cards are smaller than the standard size, probably to reduce the size of the playing area required. The text on the player aids is a tad small but you learn the scoring conditions soon enough. This game plays quick enough to play a few games in a row so it's a nice filler.