Expedition Zetta - Charting the Universe (Canceled)
Discover alien life, romance crew members while warping and explore any planetary system in the Universe in this space exploration game
Expedition Zetta is a game about the Universe. Using a warp drive you travel together to distant galaxies in the search for life and other discoveries. Expedition Zetta is a game that brings depth to the experience for a game enthusiast, a joyful time to an inexperienced player, and a believable internal game universe to all players, based on real scientific facts.
ABOUT CURRENCIES: 590 SEK is approximately = 68 USD, 54 GBP, 59 EUR
If you can't see the conversion rates in the pledge texts to the right, we have included them in the info-graphics about all the pledges, further down on this kickstarter page.
BRIEF GAMEPLAY OVERVIEW: Each player represents a country. You travel to 4 random planetary systems in the Universe and collect discoveries that reward fame. The player with the most fame when you return to Earth wins. The game is played in 5 stages:
1. PREPARATION - you spend asset tokens to buy Crew and Equipment for the journey.
2. PLANETARY SYSTEM GENERATION - you use the Zetta PSG’s dice and cards to generate a random planetary system in the Universe.
3. EXPLORATION - your Crew Members travel within the planetary system between planets and try to make Discoveries. These are Life, Substances and Exo-products. The discoveries are your main source of Fame.
4. WARP - During the warp stage you interact with the other players’ crew members in order to gain advantages.
You start by playing the Preparation stage once, and then play Stage 2-4 repeatedly 4 times, representing 4 warp jumps.
More information can be found int the rules-link and the how-to-play-video further down on this campaign page.
Expedition Zetta has many clever intertwined mechanics and offers a network of possible strategies. It includes many well crafted components that resonate with both the retro-futuristic theme of warp travel in 1962 and the gameplay possibilities. It offers interesting multi player interactions as well as ambitious solo play variants. Expedition Zetta is based on real scientific facts matched only by a few other space games, and a back story that brings consistency and inner logic to the experience.
Expedition Zetta is a game for 1-5 players. It takes 2-3 hours to play (1-2 hours using the quick-play rules) and is suitable for ages 10 and above.
Here's a link to the EXPEDITION ZETTA RULES
REVIEWS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Here we post reviews and previews of EXPEDITION ZETTA during the Kickstarter campaign. We will also post information about the game and Ion Game Design via our social media channels
UNDEAD VIKING REVIEW.
"If you want a really really cool space exploration game with some euro mechanisms thrown in then I strongly suggest you check this one out. [...] It really walks that fine line between competitive, cooperative and treachery. I've played many games that try to do that, but doesn't pull it off, but this one does...these three themes reverberate well throughout the whole game. [...] Each time you play Expedition Zetta, you will create a brand new, radically different solar system...a new setting that you have to make the best of....The game could have been just that, and I would have absolute loved it but when you add in the two bookends, the prep and warp phase, I just find myself really really enjoying playing the game." - Undead Viking
VIDEO REVIEW IN SWEDISH BY CONRADARGO
Abaut the review in Swedish: "Expedition Zetta är ett ambitiöst rymdspel där spelarna reser mellan fyra olika stjärnsystem i jakten på berömmelse, när de söker nytt liv, extraherar ämnen från planeterna och skapar fantastiska exoprodukter. Varje stjärnsystem kommer att se helt unik ut och erbjuder olika möjligheter -vilket i sin tur även leder till annorlunda spelupplevelser varje gång man sätter sig ned för att spela." - ConraDargo
Translation to English:"Expedition Zetta is an ambitious space explorer game where the players travel between four diffrent planetary systems, searching for life, excavating substances and making new fantastic exo products in their hunt for fame back on Earth. Every planetary system will be totally unique and offer various possibilities which leads to a different experience each time you sit down to play the game." - ConraDargo
Amelia Laughlan from Another Dungeon writes:
"Expedition Zetta is likely the most ambitiously designed boardgame I have ever experienced. Put simply, it is a strategy game which sees players take command of warp-capable spaceships in order to explore the galaxy and bring the most fame to the country they represent. ."
Here's the entire review:
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HOW TO PLAY VIDEO AND RULES
Here's a how to play video we made, it sums up most of the concepts of the game.
The rules have not had any art direction, language check or layout work. But here you have them in their raw form (This is our actual original document that we are still tweaking so it may change slightly over time :) EXPEDITION ZETTA RULES
WORDS FROM THE DESIGNER, JON MANKER
DESIGN VISION About three years ago, I heard that scientists now believe there are 6x10²³ stars in the Universe. A number impossible to grasp. But then it struck my game designer mind that there is a way to grasp it. With a bunch of dice. The idea stuck in my mind an quite soon I started to sketch on what over time became EXPEDITION ZETTA. When randomizing any planetary system in the Universe you may get very different results. As it would be with a warp test flight and life search in distant galaxies. A main goal of the game design have been to create a network of possibilities for the players to adapt to the various situations presented to them.
INTRODUCING EXPEDITION ZETTA TO NEW PLAYERS The first time you play EXPEDITION ZETTA you may be overwhelmed by the plethora of choices and possibilities. The game plays in different stages which is helpful when you are familiar with them, but may add to the confusion the first time you play it. In playtests I have observed how players tend to get over the first threshold of the game after two warps.
ABOUT THE STRATEGY IN EXPEDITION ZETTA One thing that I am particularly proud of in EXPEDITION ZETTA is how the ever shifting environments you encounter has been handled by a web of potential strategies. After the first threshold, it helps beginners to always find something to do during their turns. After many games it helps the experienced player to continue to find new possibilities or tweak their strategies. I still find new strategies myself, to be honest. One important thing is to use the elements of randomness to your advantage.
I sincerely hope, and believe, that all of you deciding to get a copy of EXPEDITION ZETTA will have many, many hours of great enjoyable gameplay ahead of you, and many epic moments that will trigger your imagination about our unfathomable Universe.
QUOTES FROM PLAY TESTERS
EXPEDITION ZETTA has been play-tested continuously during the development process, ever since the very early prototypes. The game has been greatly appreciated. In particular, they have enjoyed:
- The way you are taken through the game via three distinct game sections which affect each other intricately.
- The epic feel of the game.
- The fact that the game can generate and even name as many planetary systems as there are in the known Universe.
- The combination of science behind the mechanics and the fluent gameplay.
- Finding life in distant galaxies! :)
Here are a few quotes from play-testers:
"The best gaming experience of the entire weekend was Expedition Zetta, and that was just a prototype!"
"Our entire family kept thinking about the game and talking about the experience during the week after we tested it. We really love it!"
"This will be such a beautiful game, both because of the retro feel and the component choices."
"The feeling of holding these dice in my hand is the most epic board game experience I've had."
"We have to write the name of this system down. It will be gone forever otherwise! I don't want that to happen."
"I just love the characters in Expedition Zetta. I want to journey with them again and again."
"The way this game juggles such immense research with such an enjoyable gaming experience is amazing!"
"There is really a lot of elegant portrayals of real and relevant facts about stars, planets and interplanetary journeys."
DISTRIBUTORS AND RETAILERS
Risks and challenges
When you pledge on Kickstarter you put your trust in a project long before it is completed and you contribute, with this trust, to making Expedition Zetta a reality. We value that kind of trust and we value the model of Kickstarter too. It is built on trust and Ion Game Design will honor that model and prove our trustworthiness in delivering Expedition Zetta, as we did with our previous successful Kickstarter "HIRÞ".
Having said that, here are a few thoughts on the game and on production issues.
- The game has been developed in stages and over a period of several years, iterated through many play-testing sessions. The general impression from almost every play testers has been highly positive, both on the game mechanics and the quality in which the game will be produced. The gameplay and the balance of the game is well tested.
- We have met face to face with many different manufacturers from China and have taken advice from numerous other game developers. We feel very confident that the manufacturer we’ve chosen will deliver an excellent product.
- Ion Game Design is run by very experienced staff. We have a clear understanding about responsibility, quality and professionalism. We feel confident that we will be able to tackle any bumps on the production road and we will keep you updated about the process along the way.
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