Interstellar Envoys is a great game that is developed by Lucas Gerlach. It's a game of area control, Worker Placement and strategy in a space theme. The game is for 2 - 6 players, takes roughly 60 minutes to play and is recommended for ages 12 and up.
In the game, Players each have their own "team" of explorers. Out to find new planets to inhabit before the other teams. Each planet has to be searched for in the three different quadrants and players determine the speed at which the planets are found by choosing to draw one each turn as an action.
The game itself is brilliant. The mechanics mesh well and the theme is the perfect choice for such a game. My favorite part of the game specifically is the center spinner which has the rockets on it. At the end of each turn it rotates clockwise one space at a time. Let me tell you, this nice little feature makes you THINK.
The reason for this is because of it being able to rotate, each one of the rockets has a number on it; 2, 3 and 4. When you get that specific amount of cubes on any particular rocket, the rocket then auto launches into the quadrant it is aimed at. Should the quadrant be empty, the cubes are lost in space and removed from the game.
Now, You might be thinking "big deal, that just makes it easier for me to plan my moves". Well.... KIND OF. See, not only can you place your cubes on there and have them launch when you reach the correct number but that number can be mixed between any of the teams. So in that respect, Other players have a chance to sabotage your plans and you can do the same to them as well.
Now, Other than that, the game also has "Special Action" cards, "Mission" cards, "Objective" cards and the planet discs as well. I won't go into TOO much detail about them though, mainly because I REALLY want you to check the game out for yourself!
It's a GREAT game and has become one of my favorites to be honest. The copy I have is only a review copy that I have to send back to the developer very soon but I can NOT wait to get my hands on a copy of this game I can keep.
If you like area control, worker placement style games or games with strategy and that require you to do a bit of thinking I HIGHLY suggest you check this game out at the link down at the bottom of this page, It is WONDERFUL.
Thanks for reading and be sure to send Lucas and his game some love, Tell him Tim sentcha!
Interstellar Envoys via Tabletop Generation