or Battle for the Petri Dish
Game-Designer: Greg Turner
Illustrations: Matthias Catrein
Player: 2 persons
Playing time: 30 min
Culture Wars is an abstract game of germ warfare for 2 players. Each player controls the growth and expansion of a strain of bacterium within the confines of a Petri dish. Your goal is to become the dominant strain, proving your virulence to the lab tech studying your behavior and to the world at large.
The Petri Dish
The board represents the Petri dish with the culture-medium for the germs, where the battle is fought.
There are some places in the culture-medium, where nutritive substances are accumulated. These places are called foodpoints and shown as a cross on the culture-medium.
There are also four prime areas shown by six adjacent yellow crosses.
In the game the germs occupy the different foodpoints (blue and yellow crosses) and try to get the most prime areas in the Petri dish.
Every foodpoint may contain only 1 germ.
But this one germ can have any size.
The 16 white and 16 black tokens represent germs. Germs come in 3 sizes: small, medium, and large. One token represents a small germ, 2 tokens stacked together represent a medium germ, and 4 tokens stacked together represent a large germ. There are no 3 token germs and no germs larger than 4 tokens.
Here you find the English rules as pdf-file.