A series of games by Phil Eklund simulating the origins of life and civilization on planet Earth. A most difficult and ambitious project, taking Eklund many years to complete. With Bios: Genesis, Bios: Megafauna, and Bios: Origins: How We Became Human, Eklund takes players through almost the whole breadth and scope of life on Earth.
In Bios: Genesis, one to four players start as organic compounds shortly after Earth's formation, represented by up to three Biont tokens. The Amino Acids command Metabolism, the lipids create cells, the pigments control energy absorption and storage, and the nucleic acids control templated replication. Their goal is a double origin of life: first as Autocatalytic Life (a metabolic cycle reproducing, yet not replicating, its own constituents), and the second as Darwinian Life (an Organism using a template to replicate in an RNA world). Players can play cooperative, competitive, or solitaire.