"Yellowstone re-creates that eternal struggle of the wild herds of the Northern Rockies to survive and thrive. Taking on the task of guiding one of four grazing species-bison, bighorn sheep, elk or mule deer-each player must bring his herd from it's Winter Range to its Summer Ridge, amassing as many Food Points as possible. With the onset of Autumn, the herd must return to its Winter Range. But between those ranges are the dangers posed by prowling predators and the not-always-gentle wildnerness itself. Finally the Day of Reckoning comes, the bitter blizzards blast the Winter Ranges & the hoarded Food points must be used to keep as a many of the herd alive as possible The heard with the most Animal Points (awarded for each surviving Male, Female & Young) is the victor in the ageless struggle against Nature. Yellowstone is a game for 2 to 4 players, ages 8 to adult. A game for the entire family, it is educational as well as challenging. Player interaction is constant--yielding high excitement and great fun. The map depicts a section of the Northern Rockies, with terrain typical of the grandeur of Yellowstone Park. Each counter represents one of the many inhabitants of the wildnerness. Free of a maze of complex rules, Yellowstone is a simple game, quickly learned by any member of the family, young or old. But it is a difficult game to master, demanding & fostering an appreciation of the "survival of the fittest". The game can be set up and underway in minutes. Included in Yellowstone is a colourful in-depth booklet on Yellowstone Park and its denizens (whom you'll meet in the game). Designed by staff members of the Yellowstone Library and Museum Association, Yellowstone is ideal for the budding naturalist and conservationist. Yellowstone is rated 2 on a complexity scale of 1 (easy) to 10 (difficult). Playing time varies from 90 minutes to 2 hours. The game is suitable for eight years of age and up, but may be readily enjoyed by the precocious of all ages."