Archive For The “After-Action Reports” Category
Michael Eckenfels, 22 July 2019
When we last let off, BanzaiCorp had located an ‘Exotic Asteroid Belt’ in Alpha Centauri. It had a few pretty decent resources, including a 2 Profit benefit. Otherwise, the Competition had gotten a team off to the far edge of the map board on their turn, and now we’ve both had a single turn in this, the Starfarers Era.
Michael Eckenfels, 15 July 2019
The Starfarers era. We made it. Mankind has made it to interplanetary travel. The Solar System no longer confines our explorations, and we’re now in for a true world of wonderful discoveries…or maybe actually meeting alien life forms for the first time. Now that we’re capable of traveling between the stars, maybe we can now enter a ‘brotherhood’ of star systems…or maybe we’ll just get knocked off Independence Day style. Who knows.
There were a few housekeeping things I needed to do at the end of the Planeteers era, one of which included giving the Competition one bonus Profit for their highest Production site on the board, which upped their score to 37. I remain in last place with 33.
Michael Eckenfels, 3 June 2019
after a hiatus during our Origins coverage, we’re back!
Last time, I played an Edge card to take a double move, which I used to greatly upgrade my HQ board, and also granted me another Contract; that’s five Contracts now fulfilled. If a sixth one is acquired, the era will end. That is more likely to occur instead of running out of cards; my draw deck is now halfway depleted and the Competition’s deck is maybe a third depleted. Since the ‘4 Asteroid Bases’ Contract can’t be done, that leaves ‘2 Bases beyond Uranus,’ of which the Competition already has one. Besides that, I really need to get that 1st Beyond marker!
But, instead, now join me in cringing as I draw the Competition’s Action…
Michael Eckenfels, 3 June 2019
When we last let up on the space train, I’d just made an e3 Discovery on an e2 tile, on Dione, a moon of Saturn. The Outer Solar System is pretty much full up with all the different corporations coming and going; it’s starting to look like the Wild West out here.
It’s also broadening our horizons as a species. BanzaiCorp’s findings of no less than two alien structures on Charon and Titan, as well as the presence of exo-microbes throughout the Outer Solar System, all points to us eventually coming into contact with some kind of advanced species. Whether or not that species is E.T. or the creature from Alien leaves a lot of speculation in the meantime.
Michael Eckenfels, 27 May 2019
When we last left off, the Competition really burned things up by gaining 10 Profit in ONE turn, pulling ahead of BanzaiCorp in scoring (which is 19-16 with me trailing). That’s still pretty close, but you can easily see how the game will keep you guessing as to what can happen from turn to turn.
BanzaiCorp’s path for the current turn is pretty clear. I’m building a Base on Callisto, which will only cost me 3 Shielded Build points (thanks to the -2 on the Discovery tile, there). I have that in my HQ (actually, 4 Shielded Build points), so that’s no sweat.
Even though I only have one such Base left, I think a Refinery is the best choice, here, as it gives P+1 for a total of 3 Profit if I do a Production Action here.
That can help me regain a lead over the Competition team. But you know what works just as well? Fulfilling a Contract, myself!
Michael Eckenfels, 20 May 2019
It strikes me as funny that we’re only about a third of the way through the Planeteers era, at least insofar as my card deck is concerned. We’ve barely scratched the surface of the Competitor’s cards, and aren’t anywhere near in danger of claiming six Contracts, so I hope you’re enjoying this era because it might take a bit to get through! With that in mind, I’m going to try to write longer chapters moving forward so that it doesn’t take ten years to get all of this posted!
Well, they’re extending their reach. Again.
They’re going to land a team on Charon, Pluto’s moon. (more…)