Now on Kickstarter from Genius Games, Virus

July 22, 2016 - 12:08am
Virus is the latest drafting type game from Genius games based on different biological systems.  Previous entries in the line include Peptide, Ion, and Covalence, each with slightly different gameplay but still family in weight.  Virus returns to the drafting style of card games but instead of pick and pass, you are betting on turn order to draft from a central line.  Each player will start with a hand of cards numbered 1-6, so everyone has identical starting hands.  On your turn you can do one of two things, pass or play.  If you pass, you pick up your discard pile and you are out for the round, if you play then you select a numbered virus card and place it face down.  After everyone has chosen which they will do the cards are revealed, and players who played get to draft viral component cards from the central row in descending numerical order.  These cards will score you points in similar ways to Sushi Go cards where some are straight points, other you need sets, and others based on if you have the most or least of it.  Also in the central row are mutated virus cards which have higher values than the starting cards, helping to ensure you get first pick at crucial times.  After everyone has chosen, whoever played virus cards this time discards those cards to their personal discard and a new round begins.  You can't get discarded cards back until one of two things happens, you pass, or play your last virus card and so would start with no hand.  After the viral component deck runs out you count points and the highest score wins. The art for this game is pretty good and his kind of a sickly feel to it, aiding the theme of mutating viruses.  Another bonus is that the illustrations and viral components are accurate to their real-life counterparts, giving the game an educational component.  So if this game sounds interesting to you then head on over to the Kickstarter page to back for your copy today.