Frequently Asked Questions

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What is your policy on renewable products?
What makes Evolution special?
Which is the era/evolution pack?
What are era cards?
Can I move my playing piece more than one step to end my turn?
Can I place my playing piece on any site?
How do I move sideways to and from a swamp?
What happens if I want the top era card and no one else wants to bid for it?
Can I lay an era card in any path?
Can I lay an era card either way round?
What does start card mean?
If it's my turn, can I bypass the bidding contest if I don't want the top era card?
What does go back to the nearest rock mean?
How does the bidding contest work?
Can I bid for an era card even if I can't use it in my path?
What happens when a volcano symbol shows on the die?
Can I erupt the cone or a volcano site?
I have completed my path and my playing piece is on the sixth era card so how do I win the game?
What happens to the cone after it erupts?
What happens to the top card if it's not wanted by the current player?
Can a card won by bidding be used to replace a card in another player's path?
Can players hide their pool of tokens?
Where can I find out more?


Q: What is your policy on renewable products?

A: As far as possible we use card and paper made from renewal resources and use the minimum of packaging.

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Q: What makes Evolution special?

A: Apart from the fantastic graphics, a number of features make Evolution unique. It aims to create a real world "feel" with semi-realistic views. It's interactive, with every game different . It's a game for 2-6 players but 3 or more players is ideal. The game typically takes 45 minutes to play.

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Q: Which is the era/evolution pack?

A: All the cards that have the ape on the back. These cards show various eras 1 to 8 with 1 being the earliest era and 8 the latest.

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Q: What are era cards?

A: Era cards display a type of species and a terrain. These cards show various eras 1 to 8, with 1 being the earliest era and 8 is the latest. Thus there are eight different species in total. Each era card displays three sites that are linked by tracks. Similar tracks link a site to a site on an adjoining card.

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Q: Can I move my playing piece more than one step to end my turn?

A: Yes. You may move up to two steps sideways and one step forward. The moves are optional so you can take one or none of these moves. In forced moves (required after some thunderbolts) you may have to move your piece back more than one step.

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Q: Can I place my playing piece on any site?

A: Generally yes but you cannot place your playing piece on a site that holds the cone. Also you cannot "jump over" a cone to land on a site (except in a forced move). Bear in mind when you move onto a waterhole you are in reality moving to the edge of it (so you won't drown)!

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Q: How do I move sideways to and from a swamp?

A: A swamp has two linked sites and is a mild type of obstacle. When moving sideways or forwards onto it you must move onto the site that is nearest the board.

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Q: What happens if I want the top era card and no one else wants to bid for it?

A: Easy; you take it and insert it in any path or use it to replace a card in your own path.

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Q: Can I lay an era card in any path?

A: Generally yes, however, it can only be inserted or added in strict era order.

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Q: Can I lay an era card either way round?

A: Yes.

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Q: What does start card mean?

A: Each player connect the first card in his path to his start card. Each start card has three rocks sites; one of which you chose as the starting position for your playing piece.

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Q: If it's my turn, can I bypass the bidding contest if I don't want the top era card?

A: Yes. You may simply move on to one of your other options i.e. either agree an exchange of cards with another player or bid against another player for a card in their hand.

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Q: What does go back to the nearest rock mean?

A: It means move your playing piece along the track(s) directly towards the start card until you reach the first available rock.

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Q: How does the bidding contest work?

A: There must be a bidding contest for the top era card if the current player and at least one other player wants it. Concealed token bids are all revealed at the same time and the player who bids the most tokens wins the card. The winner must place in the box the difference in tokens between his bid and the next highest bid. Example: winner bids 5 tokens; next highest bidder bids 3 tokens; Result: winner places 2 tokens in the box.

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Q: Can I bid for an era card even if I can't use it in my path?

A: Yes. If you win it you can simply discard it to stop another player using it.

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Q: What happens when a volcano symbol shows on the die?

A: If a volcano symbol shows on the die, each player may optionally move their cone onto or within an opponent's path. When a cone is on a path its owner may optionally erupt the site holding the cone or erupt any volcano site on that path. The player with the lowest start card number take his turn first then turns proceed in start card number order. If no one has started a path of era cards , no volcanic actions are possible and the current player continues his turn.

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Q: Can I erupt the cone or a volcano site?

A: Yes. You force a playing piece back when you "erupt" your cone or a volcano site on an adjoining site (same era card).

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Q: I have completed my path and my playing piece is on the sixth era card so how do I win the game?

A: If you start your turn with your path complete, your playing piece on the end card and have at least one token in hand; you are in a position to win the game. You must continue to play then end your turn in the usual way. You win, if your path remains intact, your piece stays put and you still hold one token. If not, the game continues.

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Q: What happens to the cone after it erupts?

A: It stays on its current site.

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Q: What happens to the top card if it's not wanted by the current player?

A: It stays on the top of the pack and may be used by the next player.

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Q: Can a card won by bidding be used to replace a card in another player's path?

A: No.

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Q: Can players hide their pool of tokens?

A: Yes.

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Q: Where can I find out more?

A: See the Play Guide.

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