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Space themed board games

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A while back, someone posted asking everyone for their favorite theme in board games, and space was one of the most common answers. So I wanted to ask:

What is it about space themes that you like?

What are your favorite space-themed board games?

Which game(s) do you think would be more fun if it's based in space?


*Games pictured in the image doesn't represent my beliefs. Just thought it looked funny. It WOULD be cool to see Root go into outer space though and fight some alien factions :)

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6 months ago

Unless you count #Dune, I'm not sure I've actually played a space-themed game. Check that, I've played #Star Wars X-Wing: Core Set once. OO - I've also played #Race for the Galaxy which is spaced themed, but pretty abstracted. I'm not sure if #Terraforming Mars is technically a space game, since it's on a planet (same for #Dune), but I'm planning to play that soon and am excited for it! 

I am, however, always interested by space themes. I love science fiction, and I love science reality, so space travel is pretty cool to me. Fake space themes, like Star Wars and Star Trek, or "real" space, like #Leaving Earth, all really appeal to me. Obviously Star Wars/Trek come with a built-in affinity for the IP, but it's also fun to get lost in the imaginative worlds created there. I think that's what I like about space themes: the imagination they spark. It's especially fun if it's a hopeful theme in some way. Dystopian themes tend to turn me off of the games.

Supporter6 months ago

I would agree that both#Dune and#Terraforming Mars are space games. I too am so incredibly fascinated by space. I've spent much of my game time recently playing Kerbal Space Program on PC. It's so fun but so frustrating but so fun. 

6 months ago

#Leaving Earth may be right up your alley, in that case!

Owner6 months ago

I'd say both #Dune and #Terraforming Mars sound spacy? :D

I have exactly zero space-themed games. I have nothing against them but looking at my collection, I seem to be naturally drawn to "real to life" or more relatable themes.

Games I used to have interest in: #Empires of the Void II, #The Captain is Dead: Dangerous Planet

I might have missed the mark in making this a post about "space theme," when in fact most people were talking about sci-fi. If it's for that, then #Anachrony interests me the most and I'm still thinking about getting it some day.

6 months ago

Can you expand on this a little bit? There's some cheap copies of it available locally and I've thought about getting it, but with a main player count of 2 right now it seems like a huge game that I'd get very litte out of at the moment.

6 months ago

Haha, well if it's extended to sci-fi, that opens up some options, and #Dune is definitely my answer :)

Anachrony looks awesome and kind of insane, haha. That's one of those games that is just so over-produced that I'd be more interested if they made a slimmed down version with more reasonable components for a significantly lower price.

Owner6 months ago

Funny you say that haha. Similar to how Stonemaier Games did #Viticulture: Essential Edition to cut down the fat, Mindclash Games came out with Anachrony: Essential Edition (I linked to the publisher's website. Our game page currently seems to be missing quite a bit of info)

6 months ago

No kidding! Welp... Adding that to the list. Curse you, Phil! Lol

Owner6 months ago

Influencer status +1 xD

It's especially tempting to me because the designer is well known for his solo modes. It'll help when my wife and I eventually have our second lol. Also, that whole concept/mechanic of borrowing from your future self sounds so intriguing!

6 months ago

Yeah that makes me think of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure lol

https://youtu.be/GiynF8NQzgo

Premium User6 months ago

Fake space games. That's funny. And also why I didn't add #Star Wars the Queen's Gambit to my list. 

Supporter6 months ago

Oh wow, did not know of the existance of this game. That's some crazy match up. 

6 months ago

Haha, me neither, it looks pretty awesome. However, seems like you'd have to shell out a whole heap of money to get a copy

Supporter6 months ago

yep, its in short supply heh. 

Premium User6 months ago

It's a pretty commonly listed grail game. It is pretty fun. Its base play style is like Memoir 44, but with a bunch of extra and unique mechanics. And loads and loads of plastic.

6 months ago

I just love sci fi, and the infinite possibilities that are out there. Anything you can imagine has the possibility of existing somewhere out in space.

One of my favorite games is #Sol: Last Days of a Star, not only is the board beautiful (a staple in most space games) but the orbiting mechanic and lore (it comes with a second manual just for lore!) is awesome.

another favorite is #Nemesis because it hits the space horror perfectly. 

Lastly, ive been on a massive #Warpgate kick lately. My group has played it two weeks in a row at 6. It definitely deserves more attention. 

Supporter6 months ago

I'll start with the second question. #Leaving Earth is without a doubt my favorite space-themed game. My enjoyment of space-themed board games is a natural extension of my love of space-themed movies and books. I think #Terra Mystica would be better with a space theme. Its current theme has difficulty holding my attention. Perhaps the space-themed version would be more likely to suck me in.

6 months ago

I think they appeal becuase there is a lot of scope with sci-fi/space (I would say most 'space games' are sci-fi, there aren't many based on current space travel) to play within thematically. You can have bizaare mechanics and then match them to an equally bizaare alien/machine and it doesn't seem too out there. Also, there can be a much greater excitment around exploration in space as the possibilities are truly endless, who knows what planet you might discover etc.

 

I don't own many space games tbh, I have #Terraforming Mars and really like #Not Alone. #Cry Havoc is probably my favourite that I currently own, it is such a good area control game. I am eagerly awaiting #The Defence of Procyon III to arrive next year, and it really does a good job of creating that feeling of 'other' in your opponent as they have vastly different goals and abilities to you. Of games I don't own #Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is one of my favouites and #XCOM: The Board Game is a great coop.

If I were to move a game to space, I think I would enoy a #Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game in style game in space. Firstly space zombies would be fun, secondly you could have a bunch of really intersting space related mechanics: you can fight through the zombie infested corridors or take a risky space walk to get to other locations, and the crisis/cross roads cards could lead to ceratin areas depressurising until you fix something etc.

Supporter6 months ago

#Root in space would be amazing. Asymmetric struggle for the galaxy? Count me in, hands down. My mind is salivating at the possibilities. 

6 months ago

Would you still want it to be woodland creatures, but just in space? And would you change anything mechanically?

Supporter6 months ago

Change everything except the asymmetric nature of the game. Unique alien factions with unique factions. Variable map, because space. 

6 months ago

Gotcha, so no space otters then 😄

Supporter6 months ago

Well, if you come up with a plausible explanation for how sentient otters became a spacefaring species, sure. 

6 months ago

6 months ago

Need I say more?

6 months ago

If I had a nickle for every time I've bugged Kyle Ferrin on twitter to do more sci-fi art and Leder Games to make a dang sci-fi game...we'll I'd have a heck of a lot of nickles.

6 months ago

Space games...are...the...best. That's why I like them.

star realms, roll/race for the galaxy, space base, Quantum, and terraforming Mars are some of the great ones out there that I personally enjoy.

Ooo Agricola in space? Root? UNO???

Premium User6 months ago

I've just played Quantum a couple of times this year and it is an interesting game. Pretty fast and tight. I haven't played with four players yet. I oculd see that being brutal.

6 months ago

This topic speaks to me because I've gotten sick and tired of fantasy and fantasy tropes in games and I want to see more cyberpunk and sci-fi in board games. It's time. The fact that FFG has never done anything with the TI universe besides TI and #Rex: Final Days of an Empire I'll never know. Anywho, please stop fantasy, please, stop. I think there's a post in there somewhere....

I don't have a ton of space games myself (I want to) but some that I really like are #Circadians: First Light and #Star Wars: Outer Rim. Circadians is a great dice placement game with a sharp theme and resource bits that are just too dang small. Outer Rim is a great space adventure that can be a load of fun but if someone isn't playing towards the objective and instead having a space adventure the game time can spiral to obnoxious lengths.