Just oozing along ...
12 fearless amoeboid warriors sat down on Saturday morning
to determine who will reign in Earth's Primordial Soup. It was
determined to take the winners of each game plus add a 4th player
who scored the highest (but didn't win).
The table assignments went like this: Roger Taylor, Todd Green,
Jean-Francois Gagne and Frank Hastings at Table 1. Table 2 had
Geoff Allbutt, Benoit Groulx, Tom Pavy and Craig Moffitt. And
for Table 3, we saw David Rossmiller (whose game we used) Steve
Munchak, Tom McCorry and Matt Calkins.
First round saw a westerly drift for three rounds at Table
1. This made food scarce early on and the amoebas were slow to
evolve. This heightened the tension and the refrain, "don't
forget to poop" was heard several times as food was needed
where it can be gotten.
The opposite was happening at Table 2. Geoff (playing blue)
bought the genes Substitution, Speed and Struggle for Survival.
He tried using Struggle to go after Tom, who wisely purchased
the Escape gene, avoiding being eaten. Tom also had Tentacle
so not only was he escaping, he was bringing food along for the
ride. Craig got Movement 2, Streamline and SPF 100 with Ray Protection.
Benoit bought Longevity, Substitution and Intelligence, then
later added Parasitism.
The players at Table 3 started out slowly then got to three
Table 2 finished first with Craig Moffitt winning with a total
of 43 points. Benoit got 26, Geoff, 36, and Tom 37, putting him
momentarily in the running for that 4th playoff slot.
Table 1 finished dramatically as Frank got 7 points, leapfrogging
the closely packed Todd and Jean-Francois to win by a point at
42. This put Todd in the running for the 4th slot with 40 points.
Over at Table 3, Matt and Tom were close together in points
but Tom pulled ahead to win with 47 points. Matt took the last
playoff slot with 46 points.
The Final started soon after and on Turn 1, each player bought
a gene. Matt bought Spores but for some reason every player thought
they had it too - but the problem was caught and fixed immediately.
Only one gene was purchased on Turn 2, but everyone bought one
on turn 3. The ozone layer was pretty thick so the amoebas were
evolving quickly, though everyone knew the horizon did not look
By turn 7, Tom had Substitution, Struggle for Survival, Ray
Protection, Aggression and Division Rate. Craig had Movement
1, Ray Protection, Streamline, Escape and Speed. Frank took Movement
1, Defense and his own Struggle for Survival. Matt purchased
Spores, Division Rate, and Escape.And as everyone expected, the
ozone layer became thin and amoebas started getting genetic defects,
losing the ability to spore, live long, and Divide cheaply. But
in the end Frank's amoebas evolved the most with 44 points. Craig
took second with 41. Matt and Tom trailed with 34 and 28 respectively.