Review – Genegrafter
A superhero card and dice game.
Year Published: 2012
Designer: Erik Dahlman
Publisher: Albino Dragon
Game Time: 10 Mins
Set-up Time: >5 Mins
Mechanic: Dice Rolling, Hand Management
How to win: Have the most Genetic markers.
Genegrafter is a superhero card and dice game that was designed to be easy to pick up and start playing within minutes but still offer enough complexity so that more advanced players won’t get bored.
The core game is comprised of a deck of 54 cards that include Characters, Abilities, and Events. The goal of the game is to have more Genetic Markers than your opponents when the last DNA Strand is revealed.
Each players gets a player board, 3 attack tokens and 3 defence tokens
Remove the Yellow Even cards and DNA strands from the deck, shuffle the rest and deal 5 cards to each player.
Put the Event and DNA cards back in the deck and shuffle.
The game is played over 4 phases
1 – Draw a card
If it is an event card, follow the instructions and draw another card. If the card is a DNA strand, put it to one side an draw another card.
2 – Play a character card from your hand.
You may play up the 3 character cards per turn, you must play at least one if you have one.
3 – Battle
Choose a character and an opposing character to fight.
Take turns playing actions cards face down for attack/defence dice to help in battle.
Resolve action cards one at a time with last placed, first resolved.
Both players roll the number of dice they are allocated, highest win, defender wins ties.
Winners place the losing character into their Gene-pool.
4 – Discard
Discard down to 7 cards.
When the 3rd DNA strand is revealed, the game ends with the player with the most Genetic Markers in their score pile the winner.
We found a lot of the time only the last surviving character is ever on the table so you go around the table drawing and discarding. Finally when someone plays a character, they fight, someone wins, and we’re back down to one character in play again.
Also, one of the Event cards says “The player with the most Genetic markers swaps his Gene-pool with the player with the lowest”. So you can actually win by only fighting once.
Awful game. The only positive is we laugh at it while playing so it’s been enjoyable, but not for the right reasons.
I give it 2/10