New or Upcoming Science Fiction Themed Games - Aug 2017 Update
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I love science fiction.

I read it, I watch it and I'd like to play it. I haven't had much access to sci-fi games in the past but am really looking forward to some of the new crop that are coming.

In the meantime, below is a list of what I've noticed is coming soon - please add whatever I've missed.

(BTW - I'm into 'hard' sci-fi. I.e. I see fantasy as a separate category, if you're wondering why I haven't included those games here).

Est. 2008. Nine(!) years and still going strong!

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1. Board Game: Omega Centauri [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3576]
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One I found in the BGG database since paying more attention to the sci-fi themed games that are coming.

EDIT: WOW! Nice cover:

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2. Board Game: Galactic Emperor [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1545]
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Just being released in some countries - yet to be released in Australia.

**Released**

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3. Board Game: Supernova [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:4761]
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Very intriguing game - looks great!

**Released**



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4. Board Game: Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1242]
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I know it's available in Germany but it's listed here cause I'm still hoping for an English edition.

**Update - being released in English by Z-man games, June July 2010**

**Update - has been released in English by Z-Man games.**

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5. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Many people are hanging on every word from RGG over this one.

**Released**

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6. Board Game: Carpe Astra [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:4723]
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Another new sci-fi themed game. Lots of intrigue? Looks like an interesting blend of mechanics.
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7. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:56]
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Can't forget this one. Semi-cooperative and one player will be a cylon. Plastic BSG ships! I want my copy NOW.
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8. Board Game: Arktia [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:10689]
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Another one floating around.
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9. Board Game: E.T.I.: Estimated Time to Invasion [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:9707]
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10. Board Game: Monsterpocalypse [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:1289] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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This looks awesome!
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11. Board Game Publisher: L2 Design Group
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This low complexity SF game is stuck in pre-order purgatory

http://www.l2designgroup.devellab.com/

I won't post the picture because their legalese scares me.
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12. Board Game: War Rocket: Space Battles in the Atomic Age [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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Coming soon from Hydra Miniatures, a hopefully cool miniatures game to go with these cool retro rockets:




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13. Board Game Publisher: Decision Games (I)
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Struggle for Galactic Empire
Designer: Joseph Miranda

This is a solitaire game in which the player assumes the role of the Emperor of the Galaxy and must contend with a wide range of threats and opportunities. The map shows the Galaxy divided up into sectors, each with a marker representing the level of system development within it. The player has access to several types of star fleets he can build, as well as other special units. Hostile forces include rebels, mutinying fleets and a wide array of aliens. Also possible are galactic quests in which the player can find new technology that can enhance his power, and it is possible to speed up evolution to create enhanced humans. The game includes several scenarios showing the rise, fall and resurrection of the Galactic Empire.

Status: Scheduled for release in 2009
MSRP: $60
Pledge Program: $45
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14. Board Game: Mutant Chronicles Collectible Miniatures Game [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:5151]
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Interplanetary high-tech war between megacorporations and the invading eldritch might of the Dark Legion! Fast-paced action and innovative game mechanics in a collectible miniatures game. From Fantasy Flight Games.

Status: Expected at FFG July 2008
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15. Board Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
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Gears of War

A tactical game featuring squad-based combat based on the hit Xbox game by Epic Games.

Status: Concept/design; expected at FFG November 2008
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16. Board Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
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Cosmic Encounter

Fantasy Flight Games version.

Status: Q2/Q3 2008 (from Boardgame News: Gone Cardboard)
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17. Board Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
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Dune, not-Dune

Fantasy Flight Games version.

Status: Q4 2008 (from Boardgame News: Gone Cardboard)
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18. Board Game: Squadron Strike [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:6918]
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OK, it may not be as "hard SF" as Attack Vector: Tactical, but it should still be hard enough to qualify for this list. And it hit the preorder target before July 11, which I think means it will be available at GenCon.
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19. Board Game Publisher: Gen-X Games
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Mecanisburgo

Publisher: Gen X Games
Designer: Servando Carballar
Release Date: Spiel 08?

Daniel Val says that he and his three partners in Gen X hope to have Mecanisburgo – "sci-fi themed, multiplayer, language independent" – ready for release at Spiel. More details later if those plans come to fruition.

Source: Boardgame News: Convention Preview: Spiel 2008 http://www.boardgamenews.com/index.php/boardgamenews
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20. Board Game Publisher: KOSMOS
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Der Schwarm

Publisher: Kosmos
Designers: Wolfgang Kramer & Michael Kiesling
Release Date: October 2008

Kosmos' practice of adapting literature to games takes a new turn with this title, inspired by the modern blockbuster The Swarm, by Frank Schätzing.

Here's a brief description of the novel:

"....Whales begin sinking ships. Toxic, eyeless crabs poison Long Island's water supply. The North Sea shelf collapses, killing thousands in Europe. Around the world, countries are beginning to feel the effects of the ocean's revenge as the seas and their inhabi-tants begin a violent revolution against mankind...."

Source: Boardgame News: Convention Preview: Spiel 2008 http://www.boardgamenews.com/index.php/boardgamenews
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21. Board Game: Murder City [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:12347]
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Deleting the memory of an AI constitutes Murder I...... Would you like to charge somebody for using a DV to murder an AI?

A sci-fi game for you to play the role of laywer in a post-modern city
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22. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:130]
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This one is only going to get bigger.

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23. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:612]
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Gorgeous components and M.U.L.E. mechanics in an steampunk-like setting, settling a planet in a far away future.. yummy!

This one will be limited to 500 copies at Essen08.
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24. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:955]
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Not sure what to expect with Android, but it looks unique and continues the recent run of Sci-Fi themed games.

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25. Board Game: Space Dogfight [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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See this thread if you haven't already:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/361723


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