Posted by James (admin) on 15th September 2010
Planet steam is an economic/resource game that was released at Essen in 2008. It was a sought after item in an epic-sized box (like a FantasyFlight Games big box size). With a steampunk setting, players collect resources (water, ore, energy and quartz) from the available mine shafts in order to earn as much money as possible. This is a ‘Thoughts On’ piece rather than a review as Planet Steam is a very interwoven economic system and I don’t feel one play is enough for a full review.
Players have a few starting resources and the basic carriers (which are the stores for each resource with limited capacity). Also, the board shows a grid of mine shafts. Each shaft can produce any resource depending upon what type of tank is placed on it. Each player has a few platforms already on the mine shaft grid which means they are the only ones that can add tanks in order to mine from that space. At the start of a round, players bid for characters which dictate turn order and give them a special power. Read the rest of this entry »