Niche is an ecology-themed card game designed to educate, inspire, and engage players in wildlife conservation. It is built around five ecosystem decks—Tropical Forest, Desert, Coral Reef, Mountain, and Polar. Each deck contains plant and animal species cards, resource cards, and protection cards that work against the communal Challenge deck. The goal of the game is to create a thriving ecosystem with species from each level of the food chain—producers, detritivores, herbivores, omnivores, carnivores, and an apex predator—all while reacting to anthropogenic, climate-related, and natural threats.
The Niche prototype (Version 1) consists of 440 cards, an 8" x 8" rule book/glossary, and a 12" x 12" game box. Version 2 is currently a work in progress.