Kevin Nunn wrote about Game Currencies and gave us a definition of currency applicable to game design.
“something that players spend in the game to exchange for something else in the game.”
I’m designing a board game about Proterozoic organisms evolving in a primordial soup (think: the Cell Stage of Spore) and I’m pondering the sorts of currencies one might find in an economy of evolution.
Here are a couple of possibilities:
- When an organism flourishes within its niche, it accumulates population.
- Population can be spent to spread territorial range.
- When an organism meets adversity and fails, it accumulates change.
- Change can be spent to mutate and evolve.
What currencies would you expect to find in an evolutionary Ursuppe? I asked that question on Twitter and got some good replies.
2 thoughts on “game currencies in an economy of evolution”
The original Ursuppe used poop cubes as food and biological points as currency, but your income was basically fixed (with a couple small exceptions).
One thing you could do is make areas of the board more hazardous/stressful for organisms, but also more lucrative in terms of evolutionary advance encouragement/adversity, maybe a la the turn-by-turn race bonuses in Battle Merchants.
Another thing that occurs to me is to steal the Eclipse victory point draw mechanism, so everyone wants to get a little evolved but increased stress has diminishing returns.
Yes, that’s exactly what I plan to do with the board. There are areas which have different environmental challenges and when you encounter those it can lead to change.
I don’t recall the Eclipse vp draw mechanism – can you refresh me?