Master of Orion: The Board Game is coming to the U.S. in early 2017 from Cryptozoic and Hobby World. It is based on the classic video game, of the same title, a sci-fi themed strategy game. The board game, designed by Ekaterina Gorn and Igor Sklyuev, translates into a 2-4 player hand management game where you are trying to build up your tableau.
Your starting board has four tracks: Food, Fleet, Production, and Loyalty and each player will start with different amounts in those tracks based on which race they choose. As you play, you can upgrade your tracks via various cards of Structures, Ships, and Planets. The cards you play will earn you victory points, but you can also gain those precious points by creating matched sets, attacking opponents, and having certain resources and cards at the end of the game.
The game ends after 8 rounds or if anyone ever zeros out their loyalty or has five cards in each of their four systems. Master of Orion has many different paths to victory, so you’ll need to lock down your strategy early. Will you try to win with your military might? Or will you dominate with your advanced civilization? Coming early next year we shall find out!