Keeping the cards as is, and just using keywords, it could be like this:
The keyword DECOMPOSE
entitles the player to play the card whenever a species is discarded (or only a species you control?). Perhaps this should be the only way to play the card?
The keword SCAVENGER
enables the species to feed on any compatible species of higher foodrank.
Cubist wrote:Since decomposers are, as noted, basically outside the normal food chain, how about giving them a non-numeric symbol? I like 'µ' (mu) for this purpose, but 'i' for 'imaginary' also works, says I.
So we would distinguish between decomposers in the food chain, and outside of the food chain? I guess we do already - decomposers like worms, unicellular (protists) and fruit-bearing fungi, that are eaten by animals, are already implemented in a herbivore, omnivore or molecular foodrank. I think the decomposers we are talking about here are mold, mikro-fungi, viruses and bacteria - that stuff that spoils our food, no?
What eats bacteria? Nothing - but you could use them the way fenrislorlai suggests in the play report from Anthrocon
: Higher ranked creatures can be played out of rank order if the species touching ranks TOTAL the necessary amount.
, making a 1 and 2 foodrank be eaten by a 3.
I think the way to use bacteria and mold is to make them give them functions like pest control(prevent certain species, prevent disease), make them status cards, or simply don't use them that much, as they are not that well known and easy to implement in the game. You could use them as "stoppers":
As a requirement for playing plants: a plant can only be put if it touches a fungi, decomposer or a home card
davehwng wrote:In some ways, we can work with the decomposer idea with the FOODCHAIN 1 in the BLACK circle. This might fit how a decomposer could inhabit the table top.
That makes it harder to play the now safe-to-play plants, and gives a greater initiative to play animals (why don't we play plants only
). If we did this, we should have a new symbol, too.As forced impact
If you play a fly agaric, all animals next to it will eat it, be crazy and turn upside down. When another card is played next to it, you can replace it.