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Seth Jaffee
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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10
Apr 2009*
2/2010 edit: The game is out! I rate it a 10, obviously. Some say it's uncouth to rate your own game because you're biased. Well guess what? I'm biased about EVERY game I rate!

People seem to like Terra Prime alright, which is awesome! I am currently working on an expansion for it which I think is really neat and fun.

The rating comments below are a little old, but I'll leave them for posterity. The game is coming out "any minute now" - in fact we're getting the pre-production proofs in about 2 days! I was very happy with the last minute development that happened to get the game ready to go to print, and Josh Cappel did a wonderful job with the graphics and rules editing. I can't wait to see this game on the shelves!

Edit: circa 4/09: With recent changes I've bumped my rating to an 8. I played the game 11 times in a week and didn't get sick of it! I'm hopeful that a publishing opportunity will be panning out for this game

Edit 4/09/09: This game is indeed getting published!

See blog posts at http://sedjtroll.blogspot.com for development. Tag = TP

4/9/09: There have been a lot of minor changes recently, and a major one. Look for more info soon about the "final" version (which should be in stores before too long!)

1/9/08: Played a couple games on a smaller board - it was pretty good! I've been tuning the rules this week so I can send to a potential publisher next week!

10/27/07: Upping my rating to 7.5. 8 is ambitious because it's still not "done," but I think the things that were bugging me are fixed

11/3/06: Tried new economics tonight - Demand tiles instead of Supply/Demand tracks. Worked well, but needs tuning of course. I think I need to institute an Income action - spend an action to get $1 (at Terra Prime). Also considering action: $2 at a mine (owner gets VP of course), and limiting the availability of resources (maybe 3 per colony, or X per colony, where X = Number of Players) to encourage exploration more and force the game toward an end.

EDIT 10/24/06: I haven't played TP in a while, something bugs me about the shipping points/money. Maybe someone can help me figure it out at BGG.con... Until then I've downgraded my rating.

Some say it's uncouth to rate one's own game, but I'm trying to give a reasonable, objective comparison to games on the market here. My rating may be a touch inflated because of personal bias toward liking a game, but then all ratings are biased by people liking the game they're rating...

I'm classifying Terra Prime as "Medium weight" because it's heavier than some lighter games, such as my previous BGG entry: All For One, but it's not a heavy strategy game like Puerto Rico or Caylus by any means. There is some chance involved in flipping tiles and rolling dice for combat, but these are small parts of the game. It is certainly more involved than Carcassonne for example, which has a similar tile-laying aspect.
2010-02-19
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Peter Elsenheimer
United States
Howard City
Michigan
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10
Apr 2014
Great Game!!! Resource delivery and management combined with space exploration! Establishing colonies! Fighting hostile aliens! Navigating asteroids! Cool Josh Cappel artwork! Awesome design by Seth Jaffee! Can't wait for a reprint with expansion.
Warning: This is NOT a gateway game; the rules are too easy to mess up the first (couple) time(s) around. Heck, besides the confrontations with hostile aliens in the game, you can easily have fist fights with your opponents while squabbling over the rules until sorted through. Get through the the first (few) game(s) and It'll Be Worth It. Many strategies.
2011-11-05
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Matthew Klure
United States
Oceanside
California
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9.5
Aug 2011
I like this game a lot. It was the first Tile Based game I think I played. Big Thumbs up on this one.
2011-08-04
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Carl Kramer
United States
Long Beach
New York
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9
Jul 2007*
I recently got to play test the prototype (as of 7/7/2007) and I was extremely impressed! Overall, the design feels as though it has only a scant few feet to go to complete a marathon of polishing. I myself recommended a thing or three that could improve the game some, but overall even as is this game would rate a 9 from me. (Of course, if Seth uses all of my ideas I'll happily rate it a 10)

At any rate, I'll be sure to buy a copy of this when (notice that I didn't say "IF") it hits the shelves.

2007-07-09*
Ben Penner
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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9
Sep 2009*
Good mechanics. I could definately see this turning into a popular game. I need to play a few more times before I'll make an absolute decision.

Just played my second game last night. Check out anothers players session report of the game at the link bellow, even though it doesn't mention my play. I will respond with my comments on it soon.

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/165132

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Being published by Tasty Minstrel Games this year.
2009-07-28
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Adrian Montoya
United States
Austin
Texas
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9
Nov 2010
This is Starfarers of Catan with a wee bit o' Caylus (you can use other players colonies, they get points) and a wee bit o' Cuba/Puerto Rico (ship off resources for points/money)...the big, fat wooden spaceships are cool but kind of get in the way on the board, fiddly but fun...do not forget that the Terra Prime base sells Shields and recharges them!!!
2010-08-03
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Jonathan Leistiko
United States
Austin
Texas
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9
Apr 2010
My favorite feature of the game is that all paths to victory (economic, colonization, military, etc.) are equally viable. No one strategy is more likely to win than any other. There are also lots of nice little mechanical balancing touches. Very, very enjoyable.
2010-04-25
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Louis Sylvester
United States
Lewiston
Idaho
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9
Oct 2013
Homesteaders was one of my favorite games this year. So, I was interested in trying Terra Prime (published by the same company.) But I must admit, I did not have high hopes because I haven't really heard any positive buzz around BGG.

Anyway, I played a two-player game with my woman and I had a great time! The exploration of space with the asteroids and the space battles is fun. The economic building with the colonies and such is strategic and involved. I can't wait to try this with 3, 4, or 5 players.

I had a great time. I can't understand why this game isn't getting the same buzz as Homesteaders.
2010-05-25
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Carmen Norris
United States
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9
Jul 2012
This is THE space game.
2012-07-02
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Ronald Carlson
United States
Austin
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9
Nov 2013
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2013-11-06
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Jonathan Tanner
United States
Bothell
Washington
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8.5
Sep 2009*
Played earlier prototypes of the game and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to trying the final version.
2009-09-28
Preordered
Nathan Elsenheimer
United States
Michigan
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8.5
Sep 2011
Really fun game to play and fast game rounds (even with five people).Easy to understand but the rules are a bit holey but then again that is to be understood with the problems that went with the making of this game (I'm so sorry for him).We did have a few house rules though as well like:making the to-hit number when attacking aliens one higher than the guns you have (other wise you won't win against those guys). and: also having two more "pathways" from Tera Prime to make it just a bit easier through out the game.Like I said easy and fast gameplay. GLYAASDI! --Nate--
2011-09-05
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Gil Hova
United States
Jersey City
New Jersey
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8
Nov 2009*
A pickup and deliver space game with just enough stuff going on to make things interesting, but streamlined enough that turns go lightning quick, even with 5 players. This is more of a 2-hour game than the 60 minutes advertised on the box, but it's quite fun.

I'm a huge Josh Cappel fan, but I kinda wish the artwork wasn't so Richard Scarry. Still, the gameplay is very good.

(Full disclosure: I was a playtester for this game.)
2009-11-29
Owned
Michael Matecha
United States
Florence
New Jersey
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8
Nov 2011
Great game. Best with 3+ IMO
2012-02-15
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SQ
United States
Show Low
Arizona
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8
Mar 2010
Play-tested at RinCon '08 and '09.

2010-11-21
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Dave Wilson
United States
Pleasanton
California
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8
Dec 2009*
Exploration, pick up and deliver, a little bit of combat (though not PvP). To me it has a bit of a Merchant of Venus feel, though there are also some obvious differences.
2009-12-04
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Dave Parsons
United States
Lewisville
Texas
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8
Jun 2010
Won this at BGG.con 2009. I really like it so far. Multiple paths to victory
2011-07-24
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Linda Baldwin
United States
White Plains
New York
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8
Nov 2010
Fun combo of exploration, combat, and trade, a bit reminiscent of Merchant of Venus. Shame about the production quality of the first batch, but mine's not awful.
2010-07-25
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David Thomas
United States
Maryland
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8
Jan 2010
A fun game; a bit like Starfarers of Catan, but playable.
2010-01-24
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8
Jun 2014
First game--pretty fun, the kind of exploring and economics I like.

But, the pieces in my copy were poorly made, and the rules were only okay.
2014-06-22
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Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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8
Nov 2010
Good game of exploration, pick up and deliver, combat and trade with several ways to victory.
2010-11-28
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Craig Hargraves
Australia
Morayfield
Queensland
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8
Jun 2010
Quite enjoyed this one. Nice production quality and the gameplay offers a variety of ways of achieving victory. And it's science fiction! Based on one play.
2010-06-18
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Andre Metelo
United States
Kennesaw
Georgia
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8
Jul 2010
Surprising deep game. Lots to consider, and steep learning curve.

1st game was so full of mistakes. I like that you need to play 2 or 3 turns to accomplish anything (I Love microactions).
2010-07-14
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J T
Canada
London
Ontario
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8
Jan 2011
While I have only played this once my initial impression is very favourable. The gameplay is fasting and interesting and presents a variety of ways to victory. A tentative '8' for me with the possibility to go up or down on subsequent plays.
2011-01-26
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Scott Almes
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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8
Jan 2011
Great game with tons of choices. Really gives the feel of galactic exploration with multiple paths to victory. Just the Space Game I was looking for. This also replaces my need for Lost Valley, as I feel they do similar things.

Also, I got a designer signed copy that was free of the majority of production problems. Very Cool.
2011-03-10

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