Master of Orion: The Board Game to Receive U.S. Release from Cryptozoic and Hobby World
Space-Themed Tableau-Building Game Is Based on the Classic Video Game
Lake Forest, CA – October 21, 2016 – Cryptozoic Entertainment, leading creator of board games, trading cards, and collectibles, and Hobby World, leading Russian publisher of board games, announced today that they are partnering in association with WG Labs to release Master of Orion: The Board Game in the U.S. in early 2017
Based on the classic strategy video game, the competitive tableau-building game requires 2-4 players to choose from several races (Humans and various alien races), build systems using their cards, and manage their resources in order to win. Designed by Ekaterina Gorn and Igor Sklyuev and adapting the art style from the 2016 reimagining of the video game, Master of Orion: The Board Game has been one of the most buzzed about games prior to and during this year’s Essen Spiel board game trade fair.
Master of Orion: The Board Game will be playable next week at GTS's Come and Play Day. Drop by PSI's booth or the Cryptozoic game table to get a first look at this 2017 game.
Thanks to its unique gameplay, Master of Orion: The Board Game earned the Seal of Excellence from The Dice Tower, the highly regarded YouTube channel and audio podcast about board games, and praise from host Tom Vasel: “I was really happy with this. This really hits my sweet spot. Having cards and actions, the game plays smoothly.”
In Master of Orion: The Board Game, each player begins with a board that has four tracks: Food, Fleet, Production, and Loyalty. The starting numbers on these tracks depend on the race a player chooses, with choices including fan favorites the Darloks, Psilons, and Humans. Each round, players gain resources and a number of actions, as determined by their board. Players spend their action cubes on each turn to manage their resources (Food, Fleet, Productions) and build systems. Since this is a tableau-building game, players use the cards in the deck to build up to four systems, each comprised of a maximum of five cards that represent various Structures, Ships, and Planets. Victory Points are gained by playing cards, creating matched sets, attacking opponents, and having certain resources and cards at the end of the game.
The game’s end is triggered in one of three ways: when a player has 0 Loyalty, a player has five cards in each of their four systems, or eight rounds of play have been completed. There are different paths to victory as players can focus on military means—training spies and attacking alien planets—or the path of creation—controlling the weather and constructing space fleets. The winner is the player with the most Victory Points, who is deemed the leader of the most developed civilization and therefore appointed as the Emperor at the Galactic Council.
Hobby World released the followed statement: "We are very proud of Master of Orion. It is a captivating and multifaceted board game that we hope will gain the appreciation of gaming fans. Our previous experience joining forces with Cryptozoic Entertainment to release Spyfall showed us there were only best-in-class professionals working at the company. We look forward to developing our partnership with Cryptozoic further by working together to release one of Essen Spiel 2016’s favorites, Master of Orion: The Board Game, in the U.S. market in early 2017,"
Master of Orion: The Board Game will be available at retailers nationwide in early 2017. Cryptozoic and Hobby World will announce a specific release date in the coming months.
- Number of Players: 2-4
- Ages: 12+
- Playtime: 40-60 minutes
- 90 Structure Cards
- 8 Advisor Cards
- 6 Civilization Boards
- 60 Wooden Cubes
- 16 Tokens
- Scoring Board
Founded in 2010, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Inc. is a premier developer and publisher of original and licensed board games, card games, comics, and trading cards, including the DC Comics™ Deck-Building Game, The Walking Dead™ Board Game, The Big Bang Theory: The Party Game, and Ghostbusters™:The Board Game, one of the most funded tabletop games in Kickstarter history. Following a philosophy and core principle of "Fans First," the dedicated gamers and fans of the Cryptozoic Entertainment team are focused on producing fun and amazing products along with epic events that bring all gaming fans together as part of the Cryptozoic community. Visit www.cryptozoic.com for more information about product releases, events, and news.
About Hobby World
Hobby World has been publishing Russian and foreign board games since 2001 and is the leading Russian board gaming company, publishing more games per year than any of its competitors. Hobby World published Russian versions of these great games, among many others: Agricola, Arkham Horror, Bang!, Descent, Eldritch Horror, King of Tokyo, Love Letter, and Settlers of Catan. Games created by Hobby World include Hollywood, Metro 2033, Spyfall, and World of Tanks. Hobby World is the official Russian distributor for Games Workshop Ltd., Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder, and other top companies in the industry. Hobby World is based in Moscow, Russia and has a branch in Kiev, Ukraine, with board gaming shops located in Moscow, Saint Petersburg, and other cities.
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