Ages: 12 +
Players: 2 - 4
Playing Time: 40 - 60 minutes
Based on the classic strategy video game, the competitive tableau-building game has players choose from several races (Humans and various alien races), build systems using their cards, and manage their resources in order to win.
Thanks to its unique gameplay, Master of Orion: The Board Game earned the Seal of Excellence from The Dice Tower, the highly regarded YouTube channel and audio podcast about board games, and praise from host Tom Vasel: “I was really happy with this. This really hits my sweet spot. Having cards and actions, the game plays smoothly.”
In Master of Orion: The Board Game, each player begins with a board that has four tracks: Food, Fleet, Production, and Loyalty. The starting numbers on these tracks depend on the race a player chooses, with choices including fan favorites the Darloks, Psilons, and Humans.
Each round, players gain resources and a number of actions, as determined by their board. Players spend their action cubes on each turn to manage their resources (Food, Fleet, Productions) and build systems.
Since this is a tableau-building game, players use the cards in the deck to build up to four systems, each comprised of a maximum of five cards that represent various Structures, Ships, and Planets.
Victory Points are gained by playing cards, creating matched sets, attacking opponents, and having certain resources and cards at the end of the game.