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On The Origin of Species Board Game

On The Origin of Species is a strategic board game about the journey of Charles Darwin through the Galapagos Islands.

On The Origin of Species Board Game

On The Origin of Species is a strategic board game about the journey of Charles Darwin through the Galapagos Islands.

$40,868
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1,282
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, December 6 2019 5:00 AM UTC +00:00.

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On the Origin of Species is a 2-4 player strategy board game in which each player will step into the adventure of young Charles Darwin on the HMS Beagle’s expedition through the Galapagos Islands, examining the local species and uncovering their natural history.  Trace connections between the flora and fauna you discover as the Beagle journeys through the islands. Find help from the ship’s crew and uses for the tools in your luggage.  Excel in your research and lead the way among your naturalist colleagues. 

On the Origin of the Species is a tile laying game that’s simple to learn but driven by deep decisions. Players will take the role of scientist naturalists on the HMS Beagle as it journeys through the Galapagos Islands. On each player’s turn, they may either research the surrounding species in their habitats or discover the natural history of a new species.

To Research: a player will place two of their observation cubes on different species found among the islands. These observations contribute to their understanding of how the species relate to their habitats.

To Discover: a player must spend observation cubes in play to place a new species tile on an adjacent spot on the board.  The previously observed species help the scientist understand the new one.  The discovering player will receive victory points and the community of scientists gain new research possibilities.

The players’ discoveries will also grant them cards that provide extra abilities or scoring opportunities, as they gain help from the crew of the Beagle or their array of naturalist tools on board.


Each newly discovered species causes the Beagle to leave one island for another. The Beagle’s progress will trigger scoring opportunities and, eventually, the end of the game.  


After production is complete, we'll be shipping the game worldwide through several fulfillment centers, ensuring that we have "Friendly Shipping" (no import taxes) to the US, EU, Canada, and Australia. We'll also be subsidizing a portion of the shipping cost for all pledges to keep your costs down. 

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Ferran Renalias and Gerard Ascensi, two gamers based in Manresa and London respectively, are mathematicians who love to play games. Ferran and Gerard are both hold doctorates in mathematics and work in finances.  They have formed a strong creative team, despite the physical distances, through their shared passion for math and games.

Risks and challenges

All projects have some level of risk, and ours is no different. In an effort to reduce the overall cost of production (and ultimately lower our funding goal) we are continuing to work with the same overseas manufacturing company we did with all of our previous games including Linkage, Peptide, Ion, Covalence, Virulence, Cytosis, Subatomic, and Periodic. We've had a great experience working with them and are excited to continue building on our connections.

Our turnaround for delivery will be similar to our previous games as we continue to feel out the process with the manufacturer's representatives. We do not expect delays, but anything can happen half a world away just as it could domestically. We rely on our suppliers just as you rely on us, and hope for a relationship of mutual understanding.

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