The Search for Planet X board game
The Search for Planet X board game

The Search for Planet X

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At the edge of our solar system, a dark planet may lurk. In 2015, astronomers estimated a large distant planet could explain the unique orbits of dwarf planets and other objects. Since then, astronomers have been scanning the sky, hoping to find this planet.

The Search for Planet X is a board game from Foxtrot Games. Players take on the role of astronomers, using observations and logical deductions to search for this hypothetical planet. Each game, the companion app randomly selects an arrangement of objects and a location for Planet X following predefined logic rules.

Each round, as the earth travels around the sun, players will use the app to perform scans and attend conferences. As they gain information about the location of the objects, they'll mark that information on their deduction sheets. As players learn the locations of the various objects, they can start publishing theories. This is the way that players score points.

As more and more objects are found, players will narrow down the possible locations for Planet X. Once a player believes they know its location and the objects on either side of it, they use the app to conduct a search. The game ends when a player successfully locates Planet X, and all players have a final chance to score some additional points.

The Search for Planet X captures the thrill of discovery, the puzzly-nature of astronomical investigation, and the competition inherent in the scientific process. Can you be the first to find Planet X?



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#Fort - I like it. The cutesy theme is well executed and goes a long way - there was a lot of banter at the table resulting from the theme and it was a particularly funny playthrough (I play in person with close friends in my covid 'bubble'). In one's first game with any deckbuilder it's difficult to know what to lose and what to keep, so it felt a bit aimless at times, but hopefully that will come with replay. I don't think the decisions are particularly interesting tbh, there's usually one good choice and it plays itself a bit. We had a completely new gamer join us and I felt this struck a good balance between having enough to keep the hobbyists interested while being light enough to explain quickly.

#Space Base - My friend absolutely adores this game and it's probably the 20th time I've played it. I think it's okay and I won't say no to it, but at this point I'm just playing because it makes him happy. I won without thinking at all.

#Too Many Bones - enough superlatives have already been heaped on this game so I'll spare you the gushing, but yeah, I love it. Will definitely be getting an expansion or two on pay day, if they're still in stock.

#The Search for Planet X - I love a sudoku and this game is basically a themed sudoku. I lent it to a couple we know as something light(ish) for them to play as they said they have no games and were bored in lockdown. It surprised me to receive a text saying they tried to learn it and were baffled. I think rules wise it's one of the lightest games I own, but always good to be reminded that most people are starting from scratch.

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