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The Happiest of All Possible Planets

This is my subtle way of bragging about our garden. This is the only nice patch.

To this day, Happy Salmon remains the only game to occupy the hallowed annals of Best Week without first getting reviewed here on Space-Biff! Doubly embarrassing, considering that it earned its spot two Best Weeks ago. That’s right, way back in the dark ages of 2016.

But today I’m setting things right. Especially because North Star Games has since rounded out their Happy Planet line with two more creatures.

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Man-Made Climate

"It's the same Evolution you love, but now with 100% more shaggy cows!"

Evolution has always been a game of counting calories, though in a different sense than most of us are accustomed to. It’s anything goes all the time, with everyone consuming every last leaf, berry, and scrap of meat they can clamp their jaws around. I’ve both written and spoken about my love for Evolution in the past, but now it’s time to explain why Climate is the pinnacle of the series thus far.

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The Space-Biff! Space-Cast! Episode #3: Always Evolving

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In today’s plus-special episode of the Space-Biff! Space-Cast!, Dan Thurot and Rob Cramer interview Dominic Crapuchettes, designer of Evolution and founder of North Star Games, about how everything is evolving — and we mean everything. Even evolution is evolving.

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Evolution Evolved

When it's cold out, simply grow a glorious bodybeard.

If you haven’t played Evolution from North Star Games, you’ve been missing out. Not only was it incredibly smart, rightly portraying evolution as a raging contest of one-upsmanship between ever-changing species, it was also one of my favorite games of last year, and has been a regular feature at Château de Thurot game nights for so many months that we now play hands in between discussions about our vestigial kidneys and budding telekinetic powers.

Well, for all you creatures who missed out on the first (and second) of Evolution’s appearances, here’s your chance to finally shed that tail. Climate is soon in coming, and it’s set to heat things up a bit.

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More Than Just a Theory

Why hello, fantasy creatures who never existed outside of our demon-filled imaginations!

Look, we’re all grownups here. By now it’s obvious that the theory of evolution is a hoax. Just like dinosaur bones and Plaid Hat Games being sold to F2Z Entertainment, it’s there to test our steadfastness. So yeah, maybe I was tempted into agnosticism when Evolution appeared at my doorstep, box buckling under the pressure of a thousand demons and belting passages from The Communist Manifesto at the top of its lungs. It took a lot of soul-searching before I came to the realization that I’ve survived dozens of Tolkienist fantasies brimming with wizards and talking trees. Why not give a Darwinist fantasy a shot?

Long story short, I’m happy I did, because Evolution is easily one of the best card games of the year.

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