Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Galax sheet lacquer board game review

In 2007, when the original Galaxy Tracker was launched, real-time desktop games were still new. The result was a huge hit with a novel shipbuilding system where everyone grabbed tiles from the same stake and competed to finish first.

But over time, the concept proved to be very sustainable. Galaxy Trucker continued to sell in large numbers and received several expansion sets while other games were exploring the real-time design space. Now we’re back in stores with new tweaked formulas to appeal to a whole new generation of gamers.

What’s in the box

Manga art style may not be what everyone likes, but it’s undeniable that it has a fresh look that suits the game. Most of this heavy box is occupied by card punchboards that pop an array of shipbuilding tiles and other tokens. Joining them are an hourglass, some wooden dice, and a deck of playing cards.

However, the protagonist of this show is plastic parts. Here are some fun little plastic astronaut and alien figures, along with a marble plastic cube that represents the cargo. But best of all is a battery that looks like a sour candy, a small tube of neon plastic. Don’t eat them.

Rules and how to play

Galaxy Tracker is literally two halves of the game. First, everyone pulls the tiles out of the central stake and tries to build the ship as fast as possible, following a set of connection rules. Players then board those ships to fly through galactic obstacle courses, collecting loot and attempting to cross the finish line.

Shipbuilding is an absolute explosion. There is a dizzying array of ship components that you can add: lasers and shields to protect your ship, thrusters to give you speed, and batteries to power them. There are also more esoteric elements, including life support for alien crews that can give your ship bonus speed and strength.

The various components are at your disposal, but the construction rules are literally visually meaningful and easy to learn. Cannons that are not facing outwards or thrusters outside the rear of the ship are not allowed. An edge with two pipes cannot be connected to an edge with one pipe. There is a time limit applied by the included sand timer.

Shipbuilding is an absolute explosion.


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But while it’s easy to follow the rules in theory, it’s a completely different thing to follow the rules in the heat of robbing the pile of face-down tiles as soon as possible and discarding unwanted tiles. Not to mention the fact that you are competing against your opponent to do it. Needless to say, you give it to other players face up, so you don’t want to throw it away as much as possible. It’s desperate, enthusiastic, and fun, but still allows cool-headed and clever builders to win.

Not only are you distracted by the sides of the race, but you can also spend valuable shipbuilding time looking at the cards that make up the next race. This gives you important information about how to build your ship. For example, if you have a lot of planets and space stations, you can add a cargo hold to keep the loot there.

Faster players control when the sand timer is flipped, increasing the pressure on other players. Trying to divide the time while making the most of both tiles, cards and timers is the best kind of information overload, a spiritual spinning plate on a fire disk. It’s this combination that makes Galaxy Sheet Tracker stand out in real-time games 13 years from now. The right balance between speed and information is rewarding in every way and very difficult to carry out.

Your reward for finishing your ship first is to start the race in pole position, and when they finish, each other’s players line up behind. But be careful! Before launching, other players make sure you follow the shipbuilding rules. Otherwise, you will have to remove the component until it is legal. In extreme cases, the wrong connector in the center of the structure can make the ship almost non-functional. To make matters worse, discarded tiles are counted as a penalty at the end of the race.

Racing is where the most changes have been made in this new edition. That’s not a big deal. Some encounter cards are less dramatic, and instead of using three different races on a new ship, they now fly one long race on the ship. This reduces downtime and makes the game shorter and tighter. If you want to play in the old style, it is included as a variant.

However, despite the tweaks, the race is still poor in terms of shipbuilding. If you remove the top encounter from the shared deck, all players will apply the effect in race order. Therefore, if you are leading the pack, you can first choose to stop to plunder the cargo or take over the crew. As a result, those who do so lose their position in the race. However, although it is also the front line of attacks by smugglers and pirates, there are rewards for those who can see them off.

Despite the tweaks, the race is still poor in terms of shipbuilding.


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Despite the variety of encounters, from meteorite swarms to galactic plagues, applying the effect feels static and procession compared to the structure of a mudcap ship. The race leader guides everyone through appropriate actions such as rolling the dice to see which part of the ship the meteor attack hits. Sure, there’s some excitement, especially when rolls can split your ship in half. But there is still the feeling of seeing things happen rather than being directly involved.

In the first few races, you’ll want to believe that your construction skills aren’t very important between the dice roll and the cards. However, it is important to balance the check card while grabbing the parts here. If you know that there is a lot of open space on the deck, you will be heavy on the engine. If you have a lot of pirates, be sure to incorporate a defense or defense. Not all cards can be checked, so even with the best preparation, there are always some surprises.

Finally, you’ll earn credit bonuses depending on the position of the race, just like the best built ships. Then everyone sums up the proceeds from the race in terms of selling cargo or prizes from the defeated pirates to see who will win. The length of play depends on the size of the ship you choose (there are three), but it takes 30-45 minutes to complete. This is perfect for this relatively lightweight title.

Where to buy

Galaxy Trucker (2nd Edition) is available at various retail stores for a suggested retail price of $ 29.99.