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High Frontier Kickstarter Edition

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Not too long from now, manufacturing techniques conducted exclusively in space will allow the creation of incredible new materials, which will enable amazing advancements and improvements to the human condition. Some people, and the corporations that they control, will recognize the tremendous profits to be made from these materials, as will governments. These entities will race to set up manufacturing facilities in space, particularly on asteroids within our solar system.

To enable this process, space-based enterprises must accumulate water in orbiting fuel depots that can be used as rocket propellant. Water in low Earth orbit is the key to success for these enterprises. At first, water must be taken from Earth, at tremendously high cost. But in time, water can and will also be manufactured on Earth's moon, Mars, and other bodies within the solar system, at a much lower cost. But to do this, you must first discover how; and the first to do so will gain the profitable high-ground in the coming exo-globalization!

High Frontier is the third edition of Phil Eklund's game of exploration and exploitation of our solar system, and is considered to be the most realistic simulation of rocket travel ever published.

The first edition of High Frontier was originally titled Rocket Flight, AKA Lords of the High Frontier in 1999. It was a desk-top produced game with great potential. A community of fans coalesced around the game, and eventually a second edition was produced in 2010, redubbed simply, High Frontier. The second edition was a vast improvement over the first, having had 10 more years of development and play from the game's dedicated community (located here). It also went from desk-top status to actual board game in a box with good quality components.

Now, One Small Step intends to bring you the definitive version of this game. Five additional years of honing, shaping, play-testing, and development has brought High Frontier to a point where the designer as well as the players believe the system has stabilized, with minimum likelihood of additional major rules changes or alterations to the game.

The 2nd edition of High Frontier's basic game was expanded upon by the Colonization expansion, and many feel that Colonization is what really completes the game experience. We are including both the basic High Frontier AND Colonization in the base funding goal for this effort.

Additionally, there will be no Kickstarter Stretch Goals designed to improve component quality. We intend to produce this game, regardless of funding level accomplished, to the highest possible material standards. This will include mounted playing surfaces, high GSM thickness paper, and the best possible wooden and plastic materials available.

Players represent space-faring factions of Earth. These factions bid for patents in the form of space technology cards and boost them into Low Earth Orbit (LEO). These are then assembled into rockets and their cargoes. Once fueled with water tanks (WTs), these rockets fly to promising industrial and science sites (planets, asteroids, etc.). If prospecting succeeds, a claim is made. A claim can be upgraded to a factory to produce useful new technologies. By extracting water from a site, a rocket can refuel (WTs are used both as rocket propellant and as currency). The winner is determined by the number of his off-world claims and factories, the resource value of his industrialized sites, and his exploration achievements (ventures and glories).

The full-sized, full-color, mounted map shows the spaces (i.e. the orbits in the Solar System where a rocket can "halt"), and the routes between the spaces. Spaces include Sites (planets, moons and asteroids that can be landed on), Intersections (the intersection between two routes), Burns (Lagrange Points and Lander points), Aerobrake Routes (routes that have special coasting rules) and Heliocentric Zones (these divide the solar system into concentric zones to mark the decreasing solar energy as you move further away from the sun.)

In the basic game, there are three types of patent cards, Thruster (used to move Rocket Stacks), Robonaut (used to prospect, refuel, and build factories), and Refinery (used to build factories). The white side of a patent card shows a product built on Earth; the black side shows an improved product built in space.

Each player starts with a Playmat, used to store his cards and his WTs (water tanks stored in a WT depot in your home orbit, used for money and fueling). It contains a Fuel Strip and Acceleration Track (used to keep track of the fuel and net thrust of his Rocket Stack). The Solar System Charts contain the five Exploitation Tracks.

Clear blue disks simulate 40-ton water tanks (WTs) stored in your Home Orbit and are used both as "money" and as rocket fuel. Each clear blue disk represents 1 WT. Your WTs are stored on your playmat, and unowned WTs are stored in a central pool. Clear blue disks are also used to mark busted sites where prospecting has failed and to track game information. They are also used to track rocket dry mass and net thrust.

On your turn, you may move your spacecraft, perform operations, and perform free actions. In the Basic Game, you are allowed two spacecraft (your rocket and your freighter), one operation, and any number of free actions. The advanced game will make additional spacecraft and operations available. Moves and operations can be taken in any order. For instance, you may move your rocket, take an operation, and then move your freighter. When your turn is complete, play passes to the next player in clockwise order. Free Actions include cargo transfers, home orbit refueling, Liquidate Fuel, and so forth.

The 3rd edition is the definitive edition of High Frontier including:
* Rewritten rules to simplify play, eliminate exceptions and exploits and clarify ambiguity
* A more physically accurate fuel strip replaces the rocket diagram
* Landing burns better model landing on and taking off from large sites
* 36 new double-sided cards including 21 new patent cards, glories, ventures and radical side crew factions
* Redesign and rebalancing of the 84 existing cards from the Basic and Colonization games
* Separate colony counters, new and rebalanced futures for deep, competitive play experiences
* Expanded and corrected maps based on the latest information and images from the Dawn and New Horizons probes

A detailed change list is available at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iusKNU_rMX96FWQ5K18nOAaZMWMaXOueav4UpwisZlY/edit

Projected contents:
One 36" x 24" matte-finish solar system map mounted on high-quality chipboard
One 36" x 24" matte-finish interstellar map mounted on high-quality chipboard
One 56-page Rule Book
One 76-page Reference Book
One 24-page Starter Book
One 28-page Interstellar Rules Book
120 bridge-size color playing cards
Five plastic rockets, green, purple, white, red, and orange
15 plastic rockets (5 blue, 5 yellow, and 5 black)
10 wooden cylinders, two each green, purple, white, red, and orange
15 wooden fuel cylindrical markers (5 blue, 5 yellow, and 5 black)
30 wooden 8mm cubes, 6 in each green, purple, white, red, and orange
5 wooden 10mm cubes, 1 in each green, purple, white, red, and orange
35 wooden colony hemispheres, 7 in each green, purple, white, red, and orange
20 plastic outpost rings, 4 in each green, purple, white, red, and orange
45 plastic claim disks, 9 in each green, purple, white, red, and orange
30 black plastic disks
30 translucent blue plastic disks
30 yellow plastic disks
120 translucent blue plastic beads
12 translucent red disks
Five 8.5x11 color player mats mounted on high-quality board
One 8.5x11 solar system chart mounted on high-quality board
Four six-sided dice

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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 11 September, 2015.

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