Bios: Genesis

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Article code 6533410400602
Uncover the birth of life on Earth either competing or collaborating.
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Designer Phil Eklund
Year 2016
Number of Players 1-4
Time 60-120min
Ages 12+
Mechanics Cooperative Game, Events, Open Drafting, Simulation
Theme Evolution, Biology
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In Bios: Genesis, one to four players start as organic compounds shortly after Earth's formation, represented by up to three Biont tokens. The Amino Acids command Metabolism, the lipids create cells, the pigments control energy absorption and storage, and the nucleic acids control templated replication. Their goal is a double origin of life: first as Autocatalytic Life (a metabolic cycle reproducing, yet not replicating, its own constituents), and the second as Darwinian Life (an Organism using a template to replicate in an RNA world). Players can play cooperative, competitive, or solitaire.



  • 16 Refugia placards
  • Tokens
  • 20 Mutation cards
  • 4 Landform cards
  • 12 Event cards
  • 4 Parasite cards
  • 8 Lifeform cards
  • Rulebook