How many board games let you play as a lion? In space?!
Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the drug store, but that's just peanuts to space.
-- Douglas Adams
The creative conquest of space will serve as a wonderful substitute for war.
-- James S. McDonnell
The throne to galactic empire is empty and several alien races put forth bids for it. Does This Remind You of Anything?
? Your goal is to guide your race to meet conditions necessary to claim the throne and take control on the known galaxy/universe.
(now in its third edition) is a tabletop/board game that uses hex map tiles to build a new map for each game. The setting takes place in space
where a minimum of three players (and maximum of six, unless you purchase an expansion set) can choose from among ten different alien races
(more with the aforementioned expansion set). Gameplay strategies may include battles, trade, politics, and/or any combination of things. In fact, it is entirely possible to win the game without even playing through a single battle, by earning points for accomplishing certain goals set by game cards.
The game set includes the map, race sheets, ten-sided dice, several different types of cards (action, political, technology, and objective), plastic pieces, and many other extras. The ultimate goal of the game?
To conquer the universe! To destroy your enemies! To subdue your enemies?
To get ten objective points.
Each player starts off with preset ships
, resources, a home system, and certain special abilities. Markers dictate how many actions can be taken in a round, how many resources or strategies you may use, and how many ships may be assembled into a fleet.
This board game features examples of:
- All Planets Are Earth-Like - Averted! Each planet has its own unique description.
- Asteroid Thicket - Special technology is the only way to get through systems filled with asteroids.
- The Battlestar - The WarSun ship. Oddly similar to the Death Star from Star Wars.
- BFG - Certain weapons upgrades.
- Brain in a Jar - The Hylar of the Universities of Jol-Nar. Or dare I say, the Universities of In-Jar?
- Cool Starship - The Dreadnought and the WarSun are both dreadfully awesome. Your Mileage May Vary.
- Conveniently Close Planet - It would make playing the game rather difficult if this were not the case.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul - The L1Z1X Mindnet are a completely cyborg race that seem to have lost touch with their original race characteristics.
- Cyborg - So Yeah.
- Death Ray - Certain weapon upgrades spell almost instant death when used.
- Deflector Shields - Defense weapons that you can set up on captured planets double as shields to prevent bombardment.
- Earth Is the Center of the Universe - Totally averted. The seat of the empire's throne lies on another planet called Mecatol Rex.
- Fantastic Racism - Almost every race has another race that they absolutely cannot stand.
- Fantastic Science - Most acquired technology in the game.
- Half-Human Hybrid - Averted! The cyborg race is actually completely non-human.
- Humanoid Aliens - Most of the races.
- Kill Sat - The WarSun type ship.
- Mental Fusion - The L1Z1X Mindnet, a race suspiciously similar to the Borg from Star Trek.
- More Dakka - Several ship types and ground trips (especially if you are playing as
humans Terrans) seem to encourage you to make as many as you can.
- Nightmare Fuel - Different races... Your Mileage May Vary.
- Numbered Homeworld - The L1Z1X Mindnet have their homeplanet numbered as the galactic center: "[0,0,0]".
- One-Hit Kill - With two exceptions, every unit needs to only take a single hit to be destroyed.
- Our Vampires Are Different - The Barony of Letnev race look suspiciously like vampires. They even have super-strength and the aristocratic air to them. And they're pale!
- Our Wormholes Are Different - Yes. Wormholes.
- Recycled IN SPACE! - Duh.
- Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies - Averted. It's actually almost impossible to wipe out another race in this game.
- Shout-Out - The manual has several to well-known sci-fi authors and entrepreneurs.
- Small Universe After All - See Conveniently Close Planet above.
- Space Cold War - Pretty much the point of the game. But Your Mileage May Vary depending on how you play.
- Space Does Not Work That Way - Map edges. But it is a tabletop game, after all.
- Space Fighter - Check.
- Space Is an Ocean - Check.
- Space Marine - Human ground troops. Surprisingly useless for space battles.
- Space Pirates - The Mentak Coalition race.
- Standard Sci-Fi Fleet - Subverted, averted, inverted, or played straight since it depends entirely on how you decide to play.
- That's No Moon! - The WarSun.
- Trigger Happy - A few races seem to be intended for war over politics or trade.
- 2-D Space - Obviously, since it IS a game board.
- Utopia Justifies the Means - Slaughter, trick, or trade with your opponents so that your race controls the throne of the galactic empire. Then everybody is happy!
- Xanatos Gambit - You might want to be capable of this if you plan to win.