Gameday First Play – Galaxy Trucker
One I’ve had my eye on playing for a while.
That Vlaada Chvátil knows how to make a crazy game!
In a galaxy far, far away… they need sewer systems, too. Corporation Incorporated builds them. Everyone knows their drivers — the brave men and women who fear no danger and would, if the pay was good enough, even fly through Hell.
Now you can join them. You will gain access to prefabricated spaceship components cleverly made from sewer pipes. Can you build a space ship durable enough to weather storms of meteors? Armed enough to defend against pirates? Big enough to carry a large crew and valuable cargo? Fast enough to get there first?
Of course you can. Become a Galaxy Trucker. It’s loads of fun.
This is a game you really need to see being played to understand the fun and tnse feeling you get while playing it.
The guys at Shut Up & Sit Down have a good game play video.
Building a junk ship is a lot of fun. Only having a minute or so to do it, using one hand, and having so much to concentrate on it makes it really tense and difficult yet oddly rewarding.
Thinking about making sure you have no open connectors, enough lasers, crew, engines, shields, storage capacity, batteries etc all within a very strict time is tough. But fun.
After building your ship you get to check each players ship over to look for errors. Usually you find the odd problem. Once you put something on your board it can’t be removed so anything that’s there that shouldn’t be goes into a little box of bits that gives you -$ per piece.
The components are nice, nicer than they needed to be. Also, the crew are adorable!
The point is to get around a board while event cards throw meteors, smugglers and all kinds of stuff at you and you try and soldier on, hoping your ship stays together.
Of course, there’s always ‘Open Space’ cards which have no effect, which is great… Unless you don’t have any engines left…
All in all it’s a fun game. As long as you don’t take it too seriously and you are OK with your precious ship getting ripped apart and accept that as part of the game you should get along with it fine.
One I would play again (But not buy, it’s REALLY expensive!)