fun fun fun. much recommend. 5 stars
Great game 👍. One slight problem - the dice faces were scratched up and unreadable. Otherwise flawless!
Galaxy Trucker is special, in that it achieves the number one thing that I love about board games. It allows me and my mates to tell a story.
The first stage of the game masterfully morphs a deck builder into a tile placement game, keeping the best elements of both. The fun kicks off immediately as you frantically try to assemble your deck/ship/truck in real time. Your wobbly space-creations are then briefly eyed over for malfunctions before being loaded with crew and blasted into space.
Once you hit the open galactic road, the game really earns its comedic chops.
The random encounter deck is fickle to say the least. It could be generous one moment, offering each pilot a chance to visit local planets or space stations to scoop up loose space junk for profit. More likely though, you will have to face off against a slew of evil fates, watching helplessly as meteors slam into the side of your craft and pirates fire lasers through your meagre shields. You and your fellow gamers wont be able to shake the smile form your faces even as your own crew are jettisoned off into space on chunks of exploded ship.
If you arrive at your destination at all, you feel like a winner.
The monetary scoring system is the weakest element of the game, but it's also the least important. The stories you create playing this game are the reason to play, over and over again.
Vlaada Chvatil's Galaxy Trucker has laid the perfect groundwork for players to tell amazing, harrowing and ultimately hilarious stories and that's why I think that this game is special.
We play all sorts of board games in our house, we enjoy accessible games with a modicum of depth. All this alienates our eleven year old son. Enter Galaxy Truckers: what a hoot! This is a game where analysis-paralysis is certain death. Each round starts with a gentle race between the players, hunting through the scrap heap of tiles to find the necessary bits to cobble together an Heath Robinson spaceship. You need to temper enthusiasm with a touch of wit: the different parts will all matter out there in the inhospitable void. Then, the comedy: a series of unfortunate events befall the galactic entrepeneurs. Oh, no -- space slavers have taken all my crew! Disaster, that asteroid smashed off the last of our engines! Zzzapp -- the pirates just destroyed a component. What do you mean half the ship was connected only through that part?!
Terrific fun, accessible to everybody, with just enough to think about to fool Real Gamers (TM) into thinking they can steal an edge.