Being a cargo ship captain may not be the most glorious of jobs, but you do get to see some interesting parts of the galaxy. And when a new trading lane opens up, it's up to you to make the most of it. Just watch out for the more dangerous sectors. That's what's up in Space Lane Trader, a new board game up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
In Space Lane Trader, you are playing a character in control of a cargo ship, trying to make a fortune in the newly opened shipping trade. You buy and sell goods, transporting them between planets within the Terran Federation, preferably to where demand and prices are high.
During the course of the game, you can fit your ship with upgrades that will make it go faster, attack harder or defend better - all with the goal to ensure that you manage to beat your competitors to the goal. You can also buy new ships with better capabilities, that can carry more goods for you, go faster or fit more upgrades.
Your character will also develop during the game - from the inexperienced person starting play at Terra station in the Solar system, to a grizzled space ship captain with much improved skills.
The most obvious way of earning money is buying goods, transporting it to another planet and sell it there. Another way however, is attacking your competitors and take what should have been yours anyway.
Not all parts of space is safe. Planets away from the busiest parts of space is characterized by a wild west mentality and the Terran federation security forces don’t have the capacity to uphold law and order everywhere.
The campaign is up and running now with 17 days left to go.