Alien Frontiers board game
Alien Frontiers board game

Alien Frontiers

Alien Frontiers is a game of resource management, worker placement, and area control set in a retro-future scifi universe. The dice you receive at the start of the game represent the spaceships in your fleet. Docking your ships at the orbital facilities will earn resources, expand your fleet, raid your opponents, discover alien technology, trade commodities, and build colony domes to land on the planet. Winning will require careful consideration as you assign your fleet, integrate the alien technology and territory bonuses into your expansion plans, and block the other players from building colonies of their own.

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  • An interesting enough game, a little long for my tastes. I am not really a fan of these chromed-up dice games, but this is among the best I have tried. No particular wish to play this one again, though.
  • 2015-08-10 : Very streamlined game with one of the best board layouts ever and great graphics. The only thing stopping it from becoming a "10" is that game turns become longer and longer as the game progresses due to the increased number of dice manipulation tech cards players can use. In other words : don't play this with AP players or with more than 3.
  • --Oct2013-- It's a nice roll-dice-and-do-stuff-with-them game. But that's a genre I'm increasingly discovering I don't care much for. This is short and sensible; though possibly one that allows an early ship-count leader to run out to a difficult-to-catch lead. And it's not one I need to own or play. I wouldn't complain if a game presented itself - but I won't be looking for it.
  • Most of the good things that you've heard about Alien Frontiers are true! But now for the negatives:-the setting of the game is in the middle of the dense Analysis Paralysis Nebula.....-while it's quite a good game, Alien Frontiers is a little long for what it offers. This is due to AP and how the game ends: the game immediately ends when your last colony is placed. Obviously, if you're not winning, you're sure not gonna place your last colony! And you'll definitely know if you're winning or not because there is no end-of-game final scoring: it's absolutely clear who is in the lead.Neither a positive or a negative, I must disagree with those who say that the rules are a breeze. They're not; it will all make sense after one play, but it's kinda heavy when you're just reading through them.
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#Teotihuacan: City of Gods might be above the desired complexity level for my group, but I'm not too sure. I think part of the group would be down, but the rest might not.

#Alien Frontiers has a reputation for being mean, which is a slight downside for me, since my wife really would hate that, and some of my group wouldn't enjoy it too much either. It looks like a fun one, though.

I'm just going to answer the second question about my favorite space games. 

#Alien Frontiers is probably my favorite. It is also one of my wife's top games. I like dice and dice manipulation. One thing that is good about this over similar games like Kingsburg is that you aren't punished as much for low rolls. Low rolls are better in  some spots so you can still be competitive. 

#Race for the Galaxy #Roll For The Galaxy..

I think Race is one of the best two player games made. Being able to choose two actions is really fun. Roll is different enough to have a place in a collection too. The sell/trade is a little more straight forward and it is easier to dig for tiles you want.

#Ascending Empires I don't play a lot of 4x games, but I like this one. It is a flicky game where you flick your ships around to board to orbit and colonize planets. When getting multiple planets of the same type, your science goes up in that color and you get special powers. It also plays in under an hour. But don't take it too seriously, because the flick mechanic can be maddening at times.

#Ad Astra Advanced Settlers of Catan in space. I'd like to see a nice deluxe reprint of this game.

That is almost an unfair question. :)  I'll name five, but they could or could not be my top five at any given time...

  1. 7 Wonders
  2. Mall Of Horror
  3. Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
  4. Trajan
  5. Alien Frontiers

Those are both great games. I wouldn't consider Scythe a worker placement game, but it is awesome.

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  • Playtime: 60 min
  • Designer: Tory Niemann
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