man your shrimps ...
Encounter is about life on a coral reef! Using polyp tiles,
players grow different types of corals, which they can protect
from being attacked by other corals through judicious placing
of their four shrimp counters. To be successful players must
consume polyps from neighbouring corals in order to acquire the
'consumed' polyp tiles that are the key to the game. The consumed
polyp tiles have a myriad of uses (and have a similar effect
to the action points in games like Tikal). Most importantly
they can be used to flip over or lock the coral tiles, which
determine the respective values of the different types of coral
at the end of the game.
Four-player games with all winners advancing in consecutive rounds
of single elimination play.