ALIEN: Fate of the Nostromo - Will it deliver on the theme?

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Ravensburger is releasing another game based on a well known IP, and it's Alien!

Alien revolutionized the horror and sci-fi genre and is beloved by hardcore fans out there. Will this game deliver on that same sense of doom and creepy vibe of the movie?

Here's an overview:

  • Designer: Scott Rogers
  • Publisher: Ravensburger
  • Players: 1-5
  • Playtime: 45-60 Minutes
  • Mechanisms: Cooperative, Variable Player Power
  • Description on BGG:

    "In ALIEN: Fate of the Nostromo, players take the role of Nostromo crew members Ripley, Lambert, Parker, Brett, or Dallas. Over the course of the game, they collect scrap, craft items, and fulfill different objectives. The crew will lose and gain morale as they encounter the Alien and other situations. If crew morale reaches zero, players lose the game.

    Each turn has two phases. In the Crew Action phase, players creep through the Nostromo's halls, gathering scrap, crafting items, trading scrap and items with other players, and using items and their special abilities. Brett, for example, can craft items with one fewer scrap than other players. If the Alien is within three spaces of the player with the incinerator, that player can use the incinerator to send the Alien back to its nest.

    In the Encounter phase, players draw and resolve an Encounter card. The Alien could be lurking behind any corner...

    Once the players fulfill their initial objectives, they face one of five final missions, each with a unique set of requirements. Players must fulfill the final mission's requirements simultaneously to win the game. Players can also introduce Science Officer Ash for a more challenging game. Ash moves through the ship, removing scrap and forcing the crew to lose morale."

 

So, what do you think? Are you a fan of Alien? Does this seem like a game you'd want to buy?

Personally, this seems like a quick way to have fun with my casual gamer friends if they like the IP. Otherwise, I can't see myself pulling this out for any other occasion. If I really wanted a game that delivers on the eerie vibe of the movie (similar to the video game Alien Isolation), then I'd go for #Nemesis.

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Owner8 days ago

Alien is one of the greatest movies I've ever see . However a board game implementation doesn't seem that interesting as a coop. I really enjoyed #The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game and felt like it really captured the movie and if this game can do the same then I'll happily play it. I just don't have high expectations for some reason.

Owner8 days ago

I think a lighter game pulling off the Alien vibe is tough to begin with. And at the very least, I'd expect some sort of hidden info or movement to come into play to raise the stakes and the nerves.

Premium User8 days ago

If they can do as well with this as they did with #Horrified, I'm in. We've gotten a lot of mileage out of that game with friends and more casual gamers.

Owner8 days ago

Right? I wonder how it'll go. The design is by Scott Rogers and I'm not familiar with any of his past games.

Premium User7 days ago

He was actually one of the main focuses of the documentary "Gamemaster," which I watched on Amazon Prime last year. I've never played any of his designs either, though.

6 days ago

Looking forwrd to it.

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