High Frontier board game
High Frontier board game

High Frontier

P]layers design rockets to explore and industrialize the solar system. They will need to find water as reaction mass for their rockets. Points are awarded according to the scarcity of the space-products produced, glory, colonies, and mega-engineering projects. A boxed game with rocket, freighter, and factory plastic pieces, along with rules, patent cards, rocket diagrams, and a "delta-v" map of the inner solar system. The basic game goes out as far as the asteroids of the Main Belt and the Jovian Trojans, and the expanded game adds Jupiter and Saturn.

When people finally emigrate into space, the motivation will be space nanofacturing using processes possible only in zero-gravity and high-vacuum conditions. The key to economic production is finding water on suitable worlds, for rocket propellent and life support. Also key is designing efficient rockets and the remote-controlled machines called robonauts to do the grunt work. Each space mission must be flexible due to changing conditions and emergencies. A chart keeps track of supply and demand of various space products.

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User Ratings & Reviews

  • Quite a long game, but I enjoy nearly every minute of it. It can be hard on the brain after a while though, but it's a good hard.
  • This game can be so overwhelming with choices and so fiddly, buy boy did I love playing it. The innumerous options you have with the huge board and immense number of possible paths is just a joy to contemplate. Once I got the gist of assembling my rocket with the cards I really got excited while trying to optimize the mass and efficiency of my space vessel. I lost miserably on my first run but I definitely want to pay that one again.
  • Based on a single play!... I'll give this one another chance. The game start drags forever and there is nothing else to do except buy parts and sell parts... :( Very disapointing...

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