New game in the Android universe. you’re basically corp against corp (HB / Jinteki / NBN / Weyland)
it’s 4-6 players, so it’ll be interesting how they handle the possible player options. (looking at the picture below, it seems that there’s HB, Weyland, Jinteki, and Sunny’s faction icon on the player board on the left, so maybe GlobalSec is one of them?)
you basically try to make as much money as possible, make deals with other players, screw people over with business deals, make secret deals. just make the most money to win.
seems to be similar to CO2 where there’s an outcome of one person winning of course but also everyone losing (and reading further, there’s a threat tracker. if it reaches 25, everyone loses)
Mainframe didn’t look appealing to me (at least at first), and it really grew on me. now this one looks great right up front. i imagine it’ll just seem better and better the more info we find out about it.
It makes me think of Dead of Winter, but less zombies and more wheeling and dealing. Managing your own resources will probably be easier and there’s no fear of all your survivors dying, but i think that board management may be more difficult with all the varying districts and the different type of issues that can come up.
The flavor is everywhere in this game (honestly, all the Android games seem to ooze it) but from what I’ve seen of the gameplay… A round is literally just ‘Declare an action, resolve any counteroffer/support from other players, then resolve.’ Over and over? Ehh… There has to be something else there for me to be interested. (The Assets might do it. And I love that they use the alt-art JHow.)
Been reading the Worlds of Android book. Melange Mining has a monopoly on HE-3, which is essential for the fusion energy the worlds depend on. None of the big 4 control it, because if one of them tries, the other three fight them off for fear of them gaining too much power.
Melange doesn’t have the political influence of Weyland, the Network of NBN, the engineering of HB or the monopoly on life of Jinteki, but they are stupidly rich and powerful within their own sphere. Anyone doing business on the moon or beyond feel their power.
Looks rather reminiscent of Pax Porfiriana with its competing shady businessmen trying to compete with each other while also preventing or capitalizing on economic collapse. Archipelago is also a little similar.
e: yeah, losing the game if a revolt instigated by the players’ collective negligence breaks out with a secret objective that rewards you for letting the revolt happen is Archipelago as hell. Hopefully it’s good so you can get that tragedy of the commons action without the, uh, questionable depiction of the natives.
Yeah, that’s where my train of thought went first. To be honest, the part about making deals sounds much less exciting than placing meeples on a board that expands as you explore, but I think I’ll wait until someone buys it and lets me play before I cement it in my mind as yet another Android game that I wish I cared about, but don’t.