The Serengeti Game is the first game to employ the 'predator-prey' game mechanics developed by Ray Lauzzana in 2009. This mechanism controls movement across a node network connected by directional vectors. The movement may only pass along the direction of the vectors at a cost indicated on the nodes.
This specific game simulates the Serengeti ecosystem. Players take on the role of a migrating herd, emulating their migration to feeding areas, breeding their next generation, encountering predators which attack the herd and other grazing animals that join the herd.
Currently, only a Beta-test version of the game is available HERE for US $50.00. The number of games in this edition is strictly limited to 100 numbered copies. Purchasers of the game are expected to register the game with Penrose Press and report their game playing experience back to Penrose Press.
Players experience the migration of the herds to favored seasonal grazing areas while encounter an wide array of species on their journey, including zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, giraffe, hyena, wild dog, hippopotamus, ratel, buffalo, waterbuck, wart hog, hyrax, rhinoceros, baboon, bongo, antelope, gazelle, topi and nyala.
Some of these animals join the herd. Others are predators that prey on the herd. While still others scare, confuse or assist the herd.
The herds travel thru various types of terrain from savannah and forest to deserts, rivers and lakes. The climate and environment also effect the herd on its journey with monsoons, droughts, fires and earthquakes.
Predator-Prey: Serengeti is a surprisingly easy game to play in spite of the complexity of its simulation. It is a great game for the whole family: an educational game that is fun for all.
Customers who purchase this game are expected to register the game with Penrose Press and report their experience playing the game. A coupon must be returned with a payment of $10.00 USD. In exchange, they receive six animal tokens, the full color instructions in the language of your choice and additional parts that are required to play the game.
The Serengeti plains lies in northern Tanzania and is home to the Serengeti National Park. In 1929, the British government established it as a game reserve.
In 1951 the Serengeti National Park was established as a wildlife refuge. The parks 5,700 square miles (14,763 sq. km) of rolling plains are covered by long and short savanna grasses and continue to serve as the home of over 35 species of plains mammals. Over 3 million animals coexist in the park, making it famous for its incredible variety of wildlife, including wildebeest, zebra, lion, cheetah, leopard, elephant, giraffe, hyena, wild dog, hippopotamus, ratel, buffalo, waterbuck, wart hog, hyrax, rhino, baboon, bongo, antelope, gazelle, topi, nyala and over 200 species of birds.
The term Serengeti means 'endless plains' in Maasai. The park is situated on a high plateau with elevations that range from 3,000 to 6,000 feet.
Credit must be given to the government of Tanzania for their efforts to assist and encourage the conservation of this vital habitat. Faced with an ever growing population and its needs, the Tanzanian government has continued to support the efforts of conservationists. In order to protect the wildlife and their natural habitat from poachers and the ever increasing population along the boundaries of the park, it has taken continued effort to educate and establish cooperation among government officials, conservationist and those whose lives are affected by the annual migration and damage that can result from the animals continual search for food and water.
Every year the wildebeest and zebra begin their annual migration. Their migratory route defines the Serengeti ecosystem.
The Serengeti ecosystem includes the following game reserves and conservation areas:
The Serengeti ecosystem is famous for its abundant and unique wildlife concentration. Many of the plains animals found on the Serengeti can be found nowhere else in the world. The Serengeti is also known for its annual migration of the wildebeest, an unparalleled sight, since there are over a million in the Park. Thousands of wildebeest can be seen moving freely along their traditional migratory route. Credit must be given to the Tanzanian government for their efforts in conservation which have allowed this migration to take place undisturbed.
The vegetation and wildlife that are found throughout the Serengeti National Park are closely related to one another. In the southeastern region, the vast open plains are covered by short and long grasses. In the central portion are the acacia savannah. The northern section is hilly and has densely wooded sections. In the western portion of the SNP are wooded highlands and black clay plains which reach the edge of Lake Victoria. The herbivores eat the savanna grasses on their migratory routes and followed by the carnivores forming the interdependent ecosystem of the plains.
The Serengeti National Park's vast grasslands support a vast abundance of wildlife. The animals in this game generally represent only 1/1,000th of the animals. The game includes pieces for 10,000 wildebeest, while in actuality there are over 1 million wildebeest in the Serengenti.