Space Alert / base game

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Overview
Author: Vlaada Chvátil
Language: English
Year: 2008
Players: 1–5
Age: 14+
Time: 30 min
Theme: space exploration, interstellar combat
Mechanics: cooperation, team survival, soundtrack, adjustable difficulty
Expansions: The New Frontier
Awards: 2009 Golden Geek Best Innovative Board Game Winner 2009 Spiel der Spiele Hit mit Freunden Recommended 2009 Spiel des Jahres 'New Worlds Game' Winner

Space Alert is a team survival game. Players take on the role of a crew of space explorers sent out through hyperspace to survey a dangerous sector of the Galaxy. The pace of the game is set by 10-minute soundtracks on included CDs (or by scenario cards, if you don’t have a CD player). During these 10 minutes, the crew must defend the ship while it scans the enemy sector. If they succeed, the ship brings back valuable data. If they fail… it is time to train a new crew.
Players do not compete against each other. Instead, they work together against the challenge presented by the game. The difficulty of this challenge can be chosen by the players themselves. Completing the most difficult missions requires close teamwork.

Components
1 Spaceship Board
10 Action Boards in 5 colors
7 Trajectory Boards
1 Mission Steps Board
10 plastic figures
55+ blocks in 6 colors
1 blue and 3 green cylinders
90 Action Cards
6 Heroic Action Cards
55 Threat Cards
18 damage tiles
26 internal threat tokens
16 numbered tokens
1 CD with 16 soundtracks
1 ship’s log
1 Rulebook
1 "How to Become a Space Explorer"
handbook

expansion available for this game: Space Alert: The New Frontier