A unique looking science fiction board game has been revealed by Rio Grande Games. In Space Station Phoenix, designed by Gabriel J. Cohn, players will be tasked with leading a competing alien race in building a space station to observe Earth. The game is for two to four players, ages 14+, plays in 90 to 120 minutes, and will carry an MSRP of $79.95 when it arrives later this year.
About the game:
The Galactic Council is considering expansion into a recently discovered solar system, one with a yellow dwarf star and some interesting-looking planets, including one that holds a species that could soon develop the technology required to join them. Before establishing a permanent home in the system, the Council needs a space station as a base of operations. There are lucrative government contracts to be awarded, and the player who can build the best station will have the inside track.
You have assembled a rag-tag fleet of ships. They don’t look like much, but they contain the one thing you need to build the station – Metal. You will need to dismantle this fleet, one ship at a time, to get it. Each time you turn a vessel into metal, your action options become more limited.
SPACE STATION PHOENIX is a worker-placement and resource management game set in one of Earth’s possible futures. The players are representatives of the Galactic Council, sent to Earth to build space stations to observe and perhaps interact with humanity.
Players begin the game with nine ships and a station hub. These ships act as action spaces that players use to gather resources, explore the nearby planets, and build their stations. Turns are fast and straightforward; either take ship action or take income.
Many games start players off with a small resource engine which they build up to a bigger one. In SPACE STATION PHOENIX, players start with the best production engine they will ever have and proceed to break it down part by part. As the game progresses, their actions get more efficient, but the number of ways to take those actions starts to diminish.
SPACE STATION PHOENIX also features deep re-playability with millions of possible starting positions and station parts combinations.