I think it’s safe to assume it isn’t a zombie.
Ripping off the shrinkwrap on a copy of Theseus: The Dark Orbit by Portal Games
It’s been wall-to-wall miniatures games around here lately so it was with great satisfaction that I recently received a copy of Theseus: The Dark Orbit, which safely arived after a three month journey from Portal Games in Poland.
This is a beautifully produced and well-designed tactical board game with an excellent theme: several factions (marines, aliens, scientists, and ET ‘Greys’) vying for control of an abandoned space station. And it’s from the designer of the well-regarded Neuroshima Hex.
And thankfully, for a change, no miniatures to paint! Though, now that I think of it, I wonder how it would look if I added some …
I’ve already played a couple of games of Theseus: The Dark Orbit and had a great time. Keep an eye out for the rules summary and a review, coming soon!
Please tell me you are working on a player aid for this, the rules could have been so much clearer than they are.
Oh yes I am!
So what did you think of this game?
I’ve played it twice with 3 players and had a ball. Some would find it too chaotic, but I don’t mind that kind of thing. Apparently with 2 players it changes quite a lot and becomes more strategic. Since your movement value depends on the number of people in your sector, it’s harder to plan ahead with more than 2 players.
But I think it’s thematic, well-produced and fun. Review coming when I get some more plays in (and some 2 player games).
Hey Peter how would you compare this one to Level 7 [Omega Protocol]? Scratch the same itch or different?
Completely different. Level 7 [Omega Protocol] is a squad-level, tactical miniatures ‘dungeoncrawler’ with map tiles and scenarios, more like Descent; this one is a ‘normal’ board game. Very different itches.
It’s a wonderful site you have here. I visit almost every day. I’ve downloaded your rulessummaries for games that I don’t even own… yet.
I know you must be very busy and get lots of requests. But have you ever considered buying Eclipse. I would love to see a summary for that amazing game.
Thanks again for a great boardgame site.
Best wishes from Sweden.
Hi Daniel – we love regular visitors!
I do get a lot of requests, and there is only so much time to do summaries for games I own, let alone others. I’m sorry but there are no current plans to do Eclipse; I find it a bit dry for my tastes. Sorry to disappoint!