Habitat Espacial / Space Habitat is a board game published by Eurojuegos Buenos Aires (Argentina) in December 2012. The overview was filmed and narrated by the designer of the game Juan Carballal (AKA Pastor_Mora).
It is a “hard sci-fi” game about space colonization where players will be settling planets and moons of the Solar System in a not-so-distant future. Those will be of different types, ranging from orbital to subterranean ones. The different types of colonies will provide different resources, such as materials for self-replication (MAT), energy (NRG) or organic-life support (H2O), and each will adjust better or worst to the parameters of Gravity (G°), Pressure (P°), Radiation (R°) and Temperature (T°) depicted for each location.
As the game progresses, players will be building a network of colonies that will provide these resources to the joint colonization effort (for a price). Players will also be able to contribute in major shared projects, such as the terraforming of Mars. When a certain number of colonies are established the game will end, and the player having the most influence in the now-populated Solar System (acquired by leading the many logistical and technical endeavors) will emerge as the leader of the new Solar Federation.
The game uses a time/cost turn order track similar to "In the Year of the Dragon" or "Thebes", where players performing a more demanding action will be pushed back farther in the turn order track, while the player in-turn will always be the one ahead in the track.
Another distinctive element of the game is the shared nature of the resources, as every player can use technologies, colonies and their resources output, belonging to other players, to boost their own colonization plan. This is done for a price, as “lending” these assets advances its controller in the turn track.
The educational aspect of the game comes from the realistic depiction of the different environments in space, the theoretical technological and logistical steps required to settle them, and a number of “flavor data” notes scattered throughout the game board. Aside from some of those flavor texts, the game is language-independent.
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