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Year Published
1989
# of Players
1 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 3, 4 players
Recommended with 1, 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
180 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Language Dependence
Moderate in-game text - needs crib sheet or paste ups
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Liftoff!
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Liftoff! sees up to 4 players competing to be the first nation to land a man on the moon, and successfully return them home again.

During the activity turn all players receive their current income, an event card which may help or hinder, and can buy new hardware (rockets / satellites / capsules etc), try and develop the reliability of systems they already have (by buying dice and adding the total to the current safety), hire astronauts, and secretly plan future missions.

The launch phase sees players carrying out their missions in turn (as being first to achieve certain mission goals such as 'first man in space' is rewarded). The relevant hardware must be purchased, including a rocket powerful enough to lift the weight of the other items involved. The mission is carried out by following a series of steps, and rolling percentiles against the safety rating of specific items each turn - e.g. liftoff roll against rocket, orbital burn roll against space capsule, space walk roll against space suit etc.
If a player fails a safety roll, the advanced game contains several possible failure outcomes (requiring one or more further rolls) ranging from a bulb failure to a catastrophic explosion, which will reset the safety factor of your equipment!

Once missions are completed, players’ incomes are adjusted depending on successes / failures, and the next year begins.

Multiple development options are available, with 1, 2, 3 and 4 man capsules, a shuttle, several rockets, a couple of lunar landers and many other items. Do you follow the US methodical strategy or do you develop a space shuttle in 1961 and glide to the moon? Challenge is to determine when to take risks to get the extra income boost, do you use an untested new rocket now, or do you hope your opponents haven’t planned the same mission as you giving you time for one more year of research?

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Liftoff!
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Task Force First Edition
Publisher: Task Force Games
Artist: Gary A. Kalin, Todd Winter
Year: 1989
Product Code: 9001
Size: 11.50 x 8.38 x 2.00 inches
1.25 pounds
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7 Liftoff Introductory Game Player Sheet
A single sheet that allows players of the introductory game to keep track of both their budgets and the award of budget bonuses for being first, second, third and fourth to complete a mission. It will print on 8.5x11 inch paper, which is larger than the Liftoff! game box, so it is probably best to print one each time you play.
English
2012-09-03
2 Russian equipment cards
cards for all the russian equipment
English
2012-02-08
3 American Equipment cards
Created cards for all the american equipment
English
2012-02-08
8 Astronauts Cards
Same astronauts cards, revised less heavy images and fixed type mistakes.
English
2009-06-08
9 Program steps
This is a one-sheet display of all the program and item steps that must be tested during each mission.
English
2008-01-13
13 Mission Charts
Mission Charts completely revised and integrated with all informations you need to organize every mission (space programs, failure charts, austronaut saving roll). Have fun!
English
2008-01-05
6 LiftoffEventCrds.doc
Liftoff! event cards.
2006-07-24
0 Liftoff Inventory Sheet.xls
Record forms for Liftoff for printing
2005-04-01
4 Options.doc
Various house rules for Liftoff
2005-04-01
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Board Game Rank: 3146
Strategy Game Rank: 1065
Num Ratings: 162
Average Rating: 6.82
Standard Deviation: 1.51
Num Views: 39986
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.9
Fans: 24
Personal Comments: 82
Users Owning: 295
Users Wanting: 39
Users Trading: 8 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 3
Want Parts In Trade: 1
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Total Plays: 95
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