Ground control to Major Tom: NASA’s about to launch its first official board game!
Jonathan Gilmour (co-designer of Dead of Winter and Dinosaur Island) had this to say on Facebook:
Also, those sliders are a REALLY smart design. I don’t think I’ve seen any like that before. I love a good solution to a track like that.”
From the description, it seems to be a co-op focused game where one player, taking the role of Mission Control, has to coordinate with the others, who play Astronauts, to solve problems aboard the ship, with some unspecific limiting factor to hinder communications between the two. Gametime is set at 30-60 minutes and it sits 2-5 players. As of press time, it’s unclear whether or not the game will be accepted as an appropriate substitute for astronaut training, but I think it’s pretty safe to assume that it will. I'll be sure to go knocking on NASA’s door for your full induction once I’ve finished a couple matches.
Launch date (pun intentional) is set for July 26th.
The universe... What a concept...