Review – Genegrafter

A superhero card and dice game.

Title: Genegrafter

Year Published: 2012

Designer: Erik Dahlman

Publisher: Albino Dragon

Players: 2-4

Game Time: 10 Mins

Set-up Time: >5 Mins

Ages: 10+

Theme: Superhero

Mechanic: Dice Rolling, Hand Management

How to win: Have the most Genetic markers.

Game Description

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.

Set Up

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.

Genegrafter Components

Genegrafter Components

Game Play

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.

End Game

When the 3rd DNA strand is revealed, the game ends with the player with the most Genetic Markers in their score pile the winner.

Round Up

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.

Rating

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

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