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By Ninth Haven Games
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About this project

DinoGenics is a worker placement game where players compete to build the most successful and profitable dinosaur park. Each player takes on the role of a multi-billion dollar corporation, each with access to their private island park. Over the course of seven seasons, players will send workers to the nearby mainland to collect resources such as DNA, fences and other necessities needed to run a successful park.


Once a player has assembled their resources, they get to choose how to layout their individual parks and decide which dinosaurs they will attempt to house. Parks with the most prestigious dinosaurs will attract the most visitors, but remember, dinosaurs have a mind of their own and if neglected or improperly penned, they will attempt to escape and spread havoc.

 

 

DinoGenics plays out over 7 seasons, each composed of an Open Season and an Upkeep phase. During the Open Season phase, players will attract visitors based on the reputation of their individual parks. Reputation in DinoGenics is decided primarily by the types of dinosaurs a park contains; in general, the more dangerous the dinosaur, the more exciting it will be for visitors and increase your reputation the most. 

The T-Rex is one of the most valuable dinosaurs when it comes to reputation, unfortunately it also requires the largest habitat and consumes more meat per season than any other dinosaur.
The T-Rex is one of the most valuable dinosaurs when it comes to reputation, unfortunately it also requires the largest habitat and consumes more meat per season than any other dinosaur.

Reputation is important because the more visitors your park attracts the more money you will receive in a season.  Reputation also determines player order, with the highest reputation park owners deciding where they send workers before lesser parks.

Players take turns assigning their workers to action spaces on the mainland board based on their reputation order. Once a worker is placed, a player immediately pays any associated costs and receives the benefit of the chosen Action Space. 

DNA cards are just one of the resources that can be collected by workers.  Turn in a complete set of DNA at the DinoGenics research facility to produce a matching dinosaur.
DNA cards are just one of the resources that can be collected by workers. Turn in a complete set of DNA at the DinoGenics research facility to produce a matching dinosaur.

Mainland action spaces are limited. Players need to prioritize when and where they send their workers to get the best results. Having a bunch of high value carnivores is great until you don’t have enough meat to feed them.  Once all players have assigned all of their workers, play progresses to the Upkeep Phase.  

Placing workers during the open season allows players to produce new dinosaurs, arrange fences or buy facilities.
Placing workers during the open season allows players to produce new dinosaurs, arrange fences or buy facilities.

During the Upkeep Phase each park owner must attempt to feed any carnivores in his or her park. Failure to feed carnivores or properly pen dinosaurs will result in the potential destruction of park facilities or the death of visitors. 

A focus on lower value herbivores can help you avoid high meat upkeep costs, but keep a close on your competitors.  If they build heavy into carnivores, they will easily outpace you in reputation.
A focus on lower value herbivores can help you avoid high meat upkeep costs, but keep a close on your competitors. If they build heavy into carnivores, they will easily outpace you in reputation.

Following the feeding step, all visitors are returned to the main stockpile and any building resources or benefits are generated.  

At this point, the game will advance to the next season.

As a game of DinoGenics progresses, limited action spaces such as the Farm and the Uplink become highly contested.  It is important to plan your turns in advance to prevent being blocked.
As a game of DinoGenics progresses, limited action spaces such as the Farm and the Uplink become highly contested. It is important to plan your turns in advance to prevent being blocked.

 

Social Goal numbers will be updated at noon each day.
Social Goal numbers will be updated at noon each day.

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Want to find out more about how DinoGenics plays? You can download a digital copy of the current rulebook by clicking the rulebook graphic below. Please be aware that rulebook artwork and layout are still a work in progress and subject to change.

 

    

Mutants may not impress your visitors as much as real dinosaurs but they are easy to produce and can combo well with certain facilities.
Mutants may not impress your visitors as much as real dinosaurs but they are easy to produce and can combo well with certain facilities.

   

 

 

 

 

 

Shipping is an unavoidable expense that no one likes. Making matters more complex, we expect DinoGenics to weigh in on the heavy side due to its numerous wooden pieces. Many projects try to hide the true shipping costs behind inflated pledge levels or by subsidizing the costs internally. We don’t feel right about the former and we’re too small to afford the later, so we are going to be up front about shipping costs.  

• US Shipping - $14  
• CA - $19
• AU - $23
• EU - $23
• Everywhere Else - $40   

We understand that the “Everywhere Else” level is comparatively high. If you are located in other regions and still want to back but are deterred by the shipping costs, please reach out to us. If we can get enough guaranteed backers from these regions we would be able open additional distribution hubs that would bring shipping costs in those regions in line with the EU.

Also, we have opened up a group pledge level.  If you can find a person to split a two pack of the game with you, shipping becomes dramatically lower per person.

Risks and challenges

This is Ninth Haven Games' first commercial board game and we are turning to Kickstarter because this really is the only way the game will get made. DinoGenics has been in development for over three years and we have finally brought it to a point where we feel it is ready for the public. Now, as we are nearing the finishing line we need the little extra push that only Kickstarter can provide.

As it stands currently, the game has been play tested and is feature complete. Game art assets are about 85% complete; we have a great working relationship with the same illustrator that created the rest of our art, waiting on standby. Once the remaining artwork is commissioned everything will receive a final coat of polish and then it will be sent off to our manufacturer.

On the production side of things, we have chosen to go with Panda Games Manufacturing. Panda has been great to work with since the early days of our collaboration and has already provided us with some phenomenal production samples. With their help, we are confident that we can deliver a high quality product to rival anything put out by a major publisher.

One final hurdle is the matter of fulfilment timeframe and shipping. All of us at Ninth Haven Games have backed enough Kickstarter’s to know that it’s rare that a project delivers on time. We have gone to great lengths to ensure that this project will make it to backers in a timely manner. In addition, we have partnered with a shipping distributer that will provide customs friendly shipping to most of the world. Once manufacturing is complete, the game will be delivered to local hubs all around the world.

All of this said we are realistic and believe in complete transparency. If unforeseen delays occur, we are determined to keep our backers informed every step of the way. With your help, we intend to produce a quality product that we hope will satisfy all of our backers.

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