The solar system we live in is much more than just the 8 planets. There’s also asteroids, moons, comets, and dwarf planets floating around out there, and all of them have potential economic value. Gaining control of those spaces in space is your goal in Sunship, a new board game that’s up on Kickstarter now.
The game is designed for 2-4 players. Each of you are looking to harness the economic resources of various parts of the solar system for your own gain. Controlling areas will let you build space stations there, which will yield even more resources. Shielding them will prevent them from being attacked. However, if nothing can come in, fewer things are going to be able to go out, so the economic output of shielded regions decreases. Either gain control of all the resources or crush your opponents with your military might and come out ahead.
The game is also a learning tool. For starters, it outlines 40 different regions of our solar system, expanding out from just the few normal spots we learn about. Also, the combat mechanic is based on bit math. I’m not 100% sure what that means, but it is used in programming, which is being taught more and more as computer programmers become a more and more vital resource.
The Kickstarter campaign is up and running now. They’re about 2/3 of the way to their goal with still 15 days left to go.