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Year Published
2008
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2 − 5
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Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
14 and up
Playing Time
120 minutes
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12 and up
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No necessary in-game text
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Planet Steam
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Planet Mars: The First Settlement
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Welcome, dear Imperialists. It's the year 2415. The interplanetary federation (IPF) has done a great job in the last centuries. All necessary precautions have been taken to conquer this planet named "Steam". The core of the planet consists of a 6,500º Celsius hot source containing different resources, including water. It has taken over one hundred years to complete the first block of 42 shafts from the surface to the core.

But now the time has come. From every shaft surges the hot steam that is the basis of the production of raw materials. To be able to use and process this steam, platforms have to be placed over the shafts. Later, we can use the platforms to connect the water purification tanks. By using several tank extractors, we can harvest other resources like energy, ore, and quartz from the steam. These resources are important. You will need them to grow your steam empires. You will need to increase the capacity of your landing craft to transport your harvested materials off planet. Buy and sell the resources at the Trading terminal for profit, as currency is – like on earth – always in short supply on Steam. To help you in your endeavours, the IPF has placed several specialists at your command – but getting the specialist that you require may not be easy.

Planet Steam is a board game in which two to five players take the roles of entrepreneurs in a steampunk boomtown, racing to assemble equipment, claim plots of land, extract resources, and accumulate riches. After harvesting resources using tanks and converters, players must buy and sell those resources in a volatile and ever-shifting market. The one who earns the most income will, in the end, be victorious. However, only through shrewd resource management and clever manipulation of supply and demand can a player reign supreme!

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Components (FFG second edition)

  • 1 game board
  • 35 plastic steam tanks
  • 55 converter and supercharger attachments
  • 350-ish markers and tokens
  • 67 cards
  • 1 support airship marker with plastic stand
  • 1 six-sided die
  • 5 reference sheets
  • Rulebook

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Spanish edition 2014
Publisher: Edge Entertainment
Artist: Czarnè
Year: 2014
Product Code: EDGHB04
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
Spanish
Release Date: Jan 31, 2014
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German second edition
Publisher: Heidelberger Spieleverlag
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Year: 2014
Product Code: HE539
Size: 11.75 x 11.75 x 3.00 inches
4.80 pounds
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Release Date: Feb 2014
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English second edition 2013
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
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Year: 2013
Product Code: HB04
Size: 11.75 x 11.75 x 3.00 inches
4.80 pounds
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Release Date: Jul 29, 2013
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German first edition 2008
Publisher: Heidelberger Spieleverlag, LudoArt Verlag
Artist: Czarnè
Year: 2008
Size: 23.03 x 11.42 x 3.94 inches
6.34 pounds
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Publisher: Edge Entertainment
Artist: Czarnè
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13 Planet Steam Quick Turn Reference
The Quick Turn Reference that SHOULD have come with the game. This will quickly guide you through the many many steps, phases if, buts, ands and ors through the phases in each round of the game. This handy guide will help you deal with the fiddly yet splendid complication known as Planet Steam. Version 2, many corrections made. Here is a preview of the file: [imageid=2422425medium]
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2013-12-09
8 Concise Reference Sheet Updated for FFG Version
Originally done by hecose here: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/55714/concise-reference-sheet-by-hecose I updated it to change terms, include the updated water activation rule, remove data that is printed on the board (such as starting markers for tank market and numOfRounds), and a few other things. PDF file. The reference itself is one, single sided page. The first 3 pages are left over from the original file, which is a list of games hecose has helpfully provided rules reference for. Prior to this reference sheet, I wasn't confident to bring this to the table. Now I feel my first game will go off without a hitch!
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2013-10-21
12 Planet Steam: Setup and Turn Order
A teaching aid for the Games Explainer that covers setup and the steps in a round/year. I tried to condense the rules as best as possible without losing clarity.
English
2010-12-15
10 concise reference sheet by hecose
Reference sheet useful for quick referencing and provides a structured summary for teaching the game. See the At the Gates of Loyang game entry if you are interested in ref sheets for other games that I’ve made. If you do not have Microsoft Powerpoint, a PDF version is also available there.
English
2010-05-14
8 Japanese rulebook
A PDF file of the rules in japanese language for Planet Steam.
Japanese
2010-01-26
88 PLANET STEAM PLAYER AID (English pdf)
PLANET STEAM PLAYER AID (no watermark).pdf ***Thumbs are appreciated***
English
2009-07-10
5 Auction Variant
A variant to the auction mechanic. Each player 'bids' on one role and (possibly) one commodity, if you are overbid you can rebid. Means all 5 roles are available no matter how many players, and the game is faster (less auctions). See thread for explanation on how to use it: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/421723
English
2009-07-07
16 Summary of English Rules
Quick reference for game play with everything except the 'set up'...which can be found on pages 3-4 of the rule book.
English
2009-06-03
88 Planet Steam Rules - updated version
This is an updated version of the English Rules for Planet Steam. Posted by Heidelberger Spieleverlag.
English
2009-03-06
20 Fixed English Cost Summary Card
A version of the English-language cost summary card that fixes the three known errors: 1. "Building License" has been changed to "Deed of Ownership" in the Final settlement table. 2. The resource label "Crystal" has been changed to "Quartz", to match the name used for this resource throughout the official English-language manual. 3. The upgrade label "Cry" has been changed to "Qu". There are five copies of the card in the file. Simply print on photo paper and cut them out.
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2009-02-28
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