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To win the coveted Creature College Cup you must collect more victory points than your opponents. Victory points can be won by collecting creatures, completing missions, building your research lab and smacking down your enemies! Creature College is played in 3 university terms, Spring, Autumn and Winter. Each term consists of 3 bidding rounds and 1 battle round. At the end of 12 rounds the game is over and you count up the victory points. The player with the highest number of victory points at the end of the game is the winner.
Here's what Orhan Ertughrul, creator of Creature College had to say about the game!
1. What does the game involve?
Creature College is a board game for 2-6 players. You play a student at Creature College at the University of Aldebaran for exceptionally gifted children. In the board game your character will have a mission and a special ability. You'll collect creatures, build research lab components and fight battles to collect victory points and win the game!
2. What skills can you build/gain from the game?
From a kid’s point of view the game is great for teach them about learning how to read what an opponent might do in the bidding – how do develop different strategies for winning a game – good for mathematics as there’s a fair bit of counting that needs to be done. A basic understanding of diplomacy can also be learned in the play around the battles. Ultimately I think all games are great for teaching children a sense of fair play, understanding strategy and learning how to read your opponents. We learn by playing games, even animals learn by playing games but as we get older so many of us stop playing games which is a shame!
3. What's your favourite tactic or are there any tricks you can teach us?
I like to go for building up my tracks by collecting track boosts for my research lab and choosing a mission that lets me play to a certain element strength. It’s possible to get some quite high scores that way. You just have to hope you’re not collecting the same colour as an opponent!
4. Do you have any funny/heartwarming stories about a game of Creature College?
Last year, we ran a stall at Essen and I was joined by my good friend Gary. He was a great help running many demonstration games over the three days of the show. On the third day a couple of teachers who were very interested in the game came and sat down for a demo game. They were nice rather softly spoken ladies and I could see Gary thinking “I’m going to have to go easy on them.” Well by half way through the game they’d got the bit between their teeth and they were formulating strategies and ganging up on Gary. They absolutely annihilated him, he had the look of horror on his face that could only have been attributed to someone who had just been given a severe mauling by kittens and couldn’t quite believe it. I have to admit to having a bit of a giggle about the whole affair.