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It wasn't clear to us if this was a published game or a prototype, but the production values certainly point towards the latter. The game components are one folded instruction sheet, about 60 cheap red and green plastic chips, and a deck of 1.5"x2" cards that look like they were printed on a color inkjet printer and cut out by hand. The game comes in two plastic baseball-card holders that are held together by a rubber band (because they don't fit into just one baseball-card holder, of course).
Nevertheless, this game is one of the most interesting strategy games at Mind Games this year. You start with land, one crop, food (energy), and money, and try to grow enough to buy more land and more crops so that you can sell them for more money -- as well as interfere with your opponents occasionally by throwing some disasters at them. The economics of the game work rather well as you have to decide between food (useful for harvesting more crops) and money (useful for buying more land, and needed to win).
The deck is a bit too random to satisfy the pure strategist, but for everyone else, the feeling of growth and wealth management make this a very fun game -- if you aren't distracted by the "made in my garage" feel of it.
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