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Andrew Kirschbaum
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Huge restock at 3 Trolls featuring (but not limited to) Love Letter, Eclipse, Ticket to Ride, Game of Thrones LCG, Tokaido, Sheriff of Nottingham, Ultimate Werewolf, Dominion, Zombie Dice, Dungeons & Dragons, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Magic the Gathering Oath of the Gatewatch Intro Decks! Whew!
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Forbidden Stars and Dead of Winter in the 3 Trolls Game Parlor today. A little bit of dark and post apocalyptic fun.
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Right now in the 3 Trolls Game Parlor
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Tomorrow, Saturday February 27th from 11am to 3pm (more or less) we will be teaching and playing Dominant Species. Come join us!

Game Overview
90,000 B.C. — A great ice age is fast approaching. Another titanic struggle for global supremacy has unwittingly commenced between the varying animal species.

Dominant Species is a game that abstractly recreates a tiny portion of ancient history: the ponderous encroachment of an ice age and what that entails for the living creatures trying to adapt to the slowly-changing earth.

Each player will assume the role of one of six major animal classes—mammal, reptile, bird, amphibian, arachnid, or insect. Each begins the game more or less in a state of natural balance in relation to one another. But that won’t last: It is indeed "survival of the fittest".

Through wily action pawn placement, players will strive to become dominant on as many different terrain tiles as possible in order to claim powerful card effects. Players will also want to propagate their individual species in order to earn victory points for their particular animal. Players will be aided in these endeavors via speciation, migration, and adaptation actions, among others. 

All of this eventually leads to the end game—the final ascent of the ice age—where the player having accumulated the most victory points will have his animal crowned the Dominant Species. 
But somebody better become dominant quickly, because it’s getting mighty cold...

Game Play
The large hexagonal tiles are used throughout the game to create an ever-expanding interpretation of earth as it might have appeared a thousand centuries ago. The smaller tundra tiles will be placed atop the larger tiles—converting them into tundra in the process—as the ice age encroaches.

The cylindrical action pawns (or "AP"s) drive the game. Each AP will allow a player to perform the various actions that can be taken, such as speciation, environmental change, migration, or glaciation. After being placed on the action display during the Planning Phase, an AP will trigger that particular action for the owning player during the

Execution Phase.
Generally, players will be trying to enhance their own animal’s survivability while simultaneously trying to hinder that of their opponents’—hopefully collecting valuable victory points (or "VP"s) along the way. The various cards will aid in these efforts, giving players useful one-time abilities or an opportunity for recurring VP gains.

Throughout the game, species cubes will be added to, moved about in, and removed from the tiles in play (the "earth"). Element disks will be added to and removed from both animals and earth. 
When the game ends, players will conduct a final scoring of each tile—after which the player controlling the animal with the highest VP total wins the game.

(Game notes from Boardgame Geek)
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Tom is in the Game Parlor from now until close tonight. Come by for a game or just to chat. $5.00 gets you all day access to our ever-growing library of games.
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We hosted a kickoff party for the new 3 Trolls Gaming Parlor yesterday. I think it went quite well! If you find yourself in Chelmsford, MA - and you should - come check it out!
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Help us bring Anandi home to Boston
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My second novel just went live as an ebook on B&N.  Buy it, read it, rate it, review it! Join the Counterfeit Corps!
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My second novel is available as an ebook on Amazon.  Go get it!  Read it, rate it, review it!  Pretty please. :-)  Paper copies available Real Soon Now (5-7 days).  Spread the word!
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