Having a bigger BS than others doesn't help you to avoid being eaten - only the attackers won't get any saturation from you.
Is this true? I thought I remember trying to hunt Val's BS 3 species last time around when I was BS 2, but I couldn't catch any. I could be mistaken here, though.
Another idea that tickles me some time (preciselly after being eaten 6 times) is to have a non-violent version of this game also. No attacks - just individual survival and fight for territory and plants. Not all potential players are agresive ones. It's wise to think in the future on the new (mobile) players and the growth of female players population who doesn't like violence.
Wow, that'd be boring. At least, in my book. To me this is a competition, and I may actually try to go carnivore this time around (sometime after turn 1008) and see if it's a viable game option. I still don't think it is, as you catch a lot fewer animals and there's not a completely renewable source, but it may be worth trying. My guess, though, is omnivore is the idea state- that way, at least when the pickings are slim you have something to fall back on. Unless you are going to give carnivores access to skills that will help them hunt other species easier in addition to gaining more saturation, then they literally have no advantages over ominvores, who can at least eat the much easier to catch and more-prolific plants. Anyway, having a "non-violent" game could be a feasible option, as long as you offer the regular version too. I think most players would welcome the challenge, but it'd be interesting to see what the response to a pacifistic game would be.
Also, in terms of strategy, I am sorry to say it but a lot of players are lacking foresight. You should NEVER eat an entire square worth of plants. What I have done is eat some, use my spying to check out surrounding squares, and them move on to other squares and eat plants there, If you limit the amount you eat from each square, then soon enough all the squares will reach 5000 and you'll have great options to feed from. Eating all the plants in your square is just extremely poor long-range planning. And don't go on about how it's hard to find the right plants, as BS1 almost half the map is covered in edible plants. As for BS2, well, I don't plan on getting it until I can find at least a few squares with the right colored plants.
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