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Genotype: A Mendelian Genetics Game (En)

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Gregor Mendel is the 19th century Augustinian brother to whom we owe the discovery of modern genetics. In Genotype, you play as its helpers, who compete to collect experimental data on pea plants trying to control how plants inherit key characteristics from their parents: seed shape, flower color, color. color of stems and height of plants. The observable traits of a pea plant (its phenotype) are determined by its genetic makeup (its genotype). The relationship between genotype and phenotype and the nature of genetic inheritance are at the heart of Genotype: A Mendelian Genetics Game.

Over the course of the game, players are given pea plant cards that indicate a set of phenotypic traits they hope to produce and collect (like pink blossoms and a large size) in order to score points. On each turn, the dice are rolled to represent the reproduction of the plant, which can result in the characteristics that players are looking for. After rolling the dice, players take turns drawing dice to complete their pea plant cards or to advance their research. The characteristics produced during the dice roll come from the science of Punnett squares, which shows how the genes of the parents combine, one for each mother plant. By altering the genes of these parent plants, players can influence the likelihood of obtaining the traits they need. It is by completing the pea plant cards through the dice roll that players score points.

Each turn consists of 3 phases: The placement of workers, the roll of the dice and the improvements.
1) During the Worker Placement Phase, players perform actions to get more Plant Cards, modify a parent plant's genes, garden, research, claim phenotypes, gather new tools, or even get together. position in front of other players for the dice selection phase in several ways.
2) The dice selection phase has several interesting steps, including the possibility of obtaining the first choice of dice, but only for one type of characteristic (such as the height of the plant), or the possibility of obtaining a choice of dice, but only after the first choices have been made. De novo mutation dice allow players to change the characteristics of other dice or obtain additional research.
3) The upgrade phase allows players to spend their research on getting upgrades that allow them to work on more Plant cards, roll more dice each turn, or gain additional workers to use during the upgrade phase. placement of workers in each tower.

Players strive to match their pea plant cards to the result of the dice roll and complete the cards to get points. If they have placed a Phenotype marker, they earn bonus points for each completed card that matches their request. At the end of the 5 rounds, the player with the most points wins.

  • 14+
  • 1 - 5
  • English

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