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PBF Game #17: Have Space Suit - Will Travel
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Format: Advanced Game with all rules, Poster Map
Players: 5
End Game Conditions: 7 Factories, One player having 2 Space Ventures + Spending 5 WT, One player having 3 factories + Spending 5 WT
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Please note that there have been some slight modifications to the rules since PBF#1 and #2, so read them carefully!

PBF Rules:

1) Players should be able to check in at least once or twice a day (this isn't a hard and fast rule, just a courteous one to keep the game moving). Life gets in the way and your friendly mission control commander will take conditional orders. If you can't check in for a while, please petition Mission Control for help/assistance/a request for an extension.

1b) The moderator is only going to be checking in on workdays. Don't expect updates on the weekend, or on major holidays. He'll try to make sure there are updates late on Friday afternoons to keep us going through the weekend. (US Thanksgiving Day is coming this Thursday, 11/24. Don't expect updates that day. Or the day after, either.)

2) Be friendly, and respectful (but feel free to rocket past that loser's rocket, flipping him the bird as you carve your name into the moon, laying claim just as he enters Luna orbit).

3) Remember that the goal of the game is to enjoy the experience, so do your best to provide a great play experience for you and the others around you.

4) The moderator's ruling is final. In the instance that a rules question comes up, I will consult the most recent living rules (see link below) to find the answer. If I cannot find a satisfactory answer, or the answer is somewhat arbitrary, I will consult other BGG users/Phil Eklund (if available) to find the most correct answer. Don't hesitate to contact your moderator if you have any questions.

5) It is assumed that everyone playing in a PBF game owns their own copy of High Frontier and/or the High Frontier expansion and poster map. In order to cooperate with Sierra Madre Games, and Phil Eklund, this PBF will NOT be using the actual images of the cards, or the map in its entirety. I will post sections of the map with factories, prospects, and rockets, but cannot post the entire map. The cards and their information are also linked below. In accordance with this ruling, please do not post images of the cards, or the entire map. I will update the map periodically as necessary.

Game Specific Rules:

Edition Rules

We're using the poster map and the second edition play aids. Check your edition to make sure you're using the correct map and fuel chart! Ask the moderator if you have questions.

Set-up

All players will begin with 4 WTs. We will not be using the express set-up as the auction tactics are an important aspect of the game.

Auction

When a player initiates a research auction, players may bid or pass as they see fit, no order is needed. When bidding and/or passing, please bold your bid or pass. Players are free to negotiate and discuss an auction in any way they see fit. If all players have not bid or passed in the 24 hours since the auction began, the highest bidder will receive the card(s), tie to be broken by the turn player.

The moderator for this game is a little loose about the ending time of auctions. So the official ruling is this: Next time the moderator checks in after 24 hours have elapsed, the auction ends. (This hopefully helps to eliminate "sniping" late on bids; the moderator will also extend auctions on request.)

Also: You can leave conditional bids with the moderator (and he encourages you to do so!) Geekmail the mod and say, "I'll bid up to four on this auction." This helps keep the action moving without players losing out on the chance to bid.

Movement

All movement is to be conducted prior to any operations. A player may not correct any movement once they have posted their movement.

Before conducting movement, calculate and post your modified thrust. Also list your current number of steps of fuel.

If stopping at Hohmann pivot points, or other non-descript locations on the map, describe it in as much detail as you can, and the moderator will work with you to ensure they have received your correct movement orders.

Example: Shimizu Rocket moves:

LEO-HEO-(radiation)GEO-L2-L5-Hohmann pivot (end on second pivot point travelling toward Nyx)

After movement, specify the number of burns you have taken and the current number of steps of fuel remaining in your rocket.

Operations

Upon the selection of an operation, players should bold their selection.
Example: PRC selects Research Operation

If a player does not leave any conditional orders, and does not move, or select an operation in 24 hours since the previous turn update, the moderator will assume the player has performed the Income Operation, and has taken 1 WT.


Die Rolling

When players are required to roll a die (aerobraking, radiation, event rolls), place the die roll in the post you're making. If you're not sure how to do this, Mission Control will send you the necessary data. It is possible to read the complete log of die rolls made in the thread, so if you're found cheating, you'll be sent to Callisto, with a years worth of supplies, and a rope with the specific purpose of researching the bodies ability to hang itself in zero-gee. Or you'll be kicked out of the game. Whichever is more interesting.
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You can find banners for each faction in this thread. These are awfully nice to post up at the top of each of your posts, to let other folks know who's talking.

Map version we're using:



Good luck, everyone. Let's see who's a steely-eyed missile man.
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Previous Turn Summary



Year 2044 (Turn 1: ESA)



Technology Status wrote:
Technology Decks

Thrusters (9): Metastable Helium
Robonauts (9): Neutral Beam
Refineries (7): Electroforming
Generators (9): H2-O2 Fuel Cell
Reactors (7): D-T Fusion Tokamak
Radiators (7): SS/NaK Pumped Loop




Claims and Resources

Busted Claims: None

Claims: None

Factories: None

Carbonaceous (C): None; Stony (S): None; Metalliferous (M): None; Vestoid (V): None

Glory and Ventures

Glory: Mercury Surface: None, Mars Surface: None, Science Site: None, Any Site: None
Ventures: Space Elevator: None, Space Tourism: None, Space Pharmacy: None

Player Turn Order

ESA wrote:
ESA (Woelf) - 0 VP

Water = 4
Hand Cards = ESA Crew

NASA wrote:
NASA (sircrowin) - 0 VP

Water = 4
Hand Cards = NASA Crew

PRC wrote:
PRC (camustafa) - 0 VP

Water = 4
Hand Cards = PRC Crew

Shimizu wrote:
Shimizu (rowleyg) - 0 VP

Water = 4
Hand Cards = Shimizu Crew

UN wrote:
UN (temujin1206) - 5 VP

Water = 4
Hand Cards = UN Crew

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The European Space Agency welcomes the other national groups to this latest space endeavour. Here at the ESA we have a storied history in this "high frontier" of creating grand, far-reaching plans that sometimes succeed but often come up just short due to unforeseen circumstances and disasters. We look forward to providing more of the same correcting the mistakes of the past, and stepping proudly into the future.


With that in mind, ESA opens with a starting bid of 2 WT for the Metastable Helium thruster, which includes the non-compatible D-T Fusion Tokamak reactor and the SS/NaK Pumped Loop radiator.

Metastable Helium (Thruster) + D-T Tokamak (Reactor) + SS/NaK (Radiator) wrote:

*ESA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 2 WT
NASA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
PRC (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
Shimizu (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
UN (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
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First auction. Here we go.

The moderator would like to remind you all that you can geekmail me conditional bids. If you want to bid up to X on this auction, just Geekmail me and say so. That keeps you from getting sniped at the end, and also makes sure you don't get shut out.

Also, thanks to Woelf for using the bidding format. I always like that one.


Metastable Helium (Thruster) + D-T Fusion Tokamak (Reactor) + SS/NaK Pumped Loop (Radiator) wrote:
*ESA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 2
NASA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 0
PRC (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 0
Shimizu (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 0
UN (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 0

The next Thruster is the Mirror Steamer
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NASA Greets all the members and bids 3

Metastable Helium (Thruster) + D-T Tokamak (Reactor) + SS/NaK (Radiator) wrote:

*ESA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 2 WT
NASA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 3 WT
PRC (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
Shimizu (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
UN (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
 
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robbbbbb wrote:
Also, thanks to Woelf for using the bidding format. I always like that one.
I always liked this format too. Nice and clean, and gives you all the information you need at a glance.


Thanks for running this game, Robb!
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I just put up a discussion thread for everyone to take things that aren't strictly game-flow related. Here:

PBF #17: Discussion and Trash-Talk Thread
 
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Hello all! Looking forward to collecting lots of your tax revenue... I mean your successful exploration and exploitation of the solar system.

UN bids 3 and offers ESA a free ride through the Van Allen belts in our sweet new cycler if we are chosen for the tie breaker.

Metastable Helium (Thruster) + D-T Tokamak (Reactor) + SS/NaK (Radiator) wrote:

*ESA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 2 WT
NASA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 3 WT
PRC (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
Shimizu (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
UN (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 3 + 1 free passage through Van Allen belt
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Smimizu - No Bid

Metastable Helium (Thruster) + D-T Tokamak (Reactor) + SS/NaK (Radiator) wrote:

*ESA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 2 WT
NASA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 3 WT
PRC (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
Shimizu (4 WT : 0 Cards) - N/A
UN (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
 
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temujin1206 wrote:

Ni Hao Capitalist running dogs! We are ready to manufacture all your rockets on the cheap for you.

Enlightening thought of the day: The word "felony" does not appear in our dictionaries!

PRC bids 0

Metastable Helium (Thruster) + D-T Tokamak (Reactor) + SS/NaK (Radiator) wrote:

*ESA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 2 WT
NASA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 3 WT
PRC (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 0 WT
Shimizu (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 0 WT
UN (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 3 + 1 free passage through Van Allen belt
 
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Metastable Helium (Thruster) + D-T Tokamak (Reactor) + SS/NaK (Radiator) wrote:

*ESA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 2WT
NASA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 3 WT
PRC (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 0 WT
Shimizu (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 0 WT
UN (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 3 + 1 free passage through Van Allen belt
ESA passes, and awards the auction to the UN unless NASA wishes to raise further.
 
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NASA bids 4

Metastable Helium (Thruster) + D-T Tokamak (Reactor) + SS/NaK (Radiator) wrote:

*ESA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - pass
NASA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 4 WT
PRC (4 WT : 0 Cards) - pass
Shimizu (4 WT : 0 Cards) - pass
UN (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 3 plus free pass
 
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UN passes. It looks like NASA wins it.

Metastable Helium (Thruster) + D-T Tokamak (Reactor) + SS/NaK (Radiator) wrote:

*ESA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - pass
NASA (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 4 WT
PRC (4 WT : 0 Cards) - pass
Shimizu (4 WT : 0 Cards) - pass
UN (4 WT : 0 Cards) - pass
 
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NASA free market D-T Tokamak (Reactor) in his turn
 
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Previous Turn Summary

ESA sells Metastable Helium, D-T Fusion Tokamak, and SS/NaK Pumped Loop to NASA for 4 WT. It is NASA's turn.

Year 2044 (Turn 1: NASA)



Technology Status wrote:
Technology Decks

Thrusters (8): Mirror Steamer
Robonauts (9): Neutral Beam
Refineries (7): Electroforming
Generators (9): H2-O2 Fuel Cell
Reactors (6): Project Orion
Radiators (6): Microtube Array




Claims and Resources

Busted Claims: None

Claims: None

Factories: None

Carbonaceous (C): None; Stony (S): None; Metalliferous (M): None; Vestoid (V): None

Glory and Ventures

Glory: Mercury Surface: None, Mars Surface: None, Science Site: None, Any Site: None
Ventures: Space Elevator: None, Space Tourism: None, Space Pharmacy: None

Player Turn Order

ESA wrote:
ESA (Woelf) - 0 VP

Water = 8
Hand Cards = ESA Crew

NASA wrote:
NASA (sircrowin) - 0 VP

Water = 0
Hand Cards = NASA Crew Metastable Helium D-T Fusion Tokamak SS/NaK Pumped Loop

PRC wrote:
PRC (camustafa) - 0 VP

Water = 4
Hand Cards = PRC Crew

Shimizu wrote:
Shimizu (rowleyg) - 0 VP

Water = 4
Hand Cards = Shimizu Crew

UN wrote:
UN (temujin1206) - 5 VP

Water = 4
Hand Cards = UN Crew

 
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NASA free market D-T Tokamak (Reactor) in his turn
 
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Previous Turn Summary

NASA free markets the D-T Fusion Tokamak. It is the PRC's turn.

Year 2044 (Turn 1: PRC)



Technology Status wrote:
Technology Decks

Thrusters (8): Mirror Steamer
Robonauts (9): Neutral Beam
Refineries (7): Electroforming
Generators (9): H2-O2 Fuel Cell
Reactors (7): Project Orion
Radiators (6): Microtube Array




Claims and Resources

Busted Claims: None

Claims: None

Factories: None

Carbonaceous (C): None; Stony (S): None; Metalliferous (M): None; Vestoid (V): None

Glory and Ventures

Glory: Mercury Surface: None, Mars Surface: None, Science Site: None, Any Site: None
Ventures: Space Elevator: None, Space Tourism: None, Space Pharmacy: None

Player Turn Order

ESA wrote:
ESA (Woelf) - 0 VP

Water = 8
Hand Cards = ESA Crew

NASA wrote:
NASA (sircrowin) - 0 VP

Water = 3
Hand Cards = NASA Crew Metastable Helium SS/NaK Pumped Loop

PRC wrote:
PRC (camustafa) - 0 VP

Water = 4
Hand Cards = PRC Crew

Shimizu wrote:
Shimizu (rowleyg) - 0 VP

Water = 4
Hand Cards = Shimizu Crew

UN wrote:
UN (temujin1206) - 5 VP

Water = 4
Hand Cards = UN Crew

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The glorious PRC puts up Electroforming (Refinery) for auction and bids 2 WT . If we understand how this free market thing works properly, this means that the auction includes the H2-O2 Fuel Cell.

Electroforming (Refinery) + H2-O2 Fuel Cell(Generator) wrote:

ESA (8 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
NASA (3 WT : 2 Cards) - ?
*PRC (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 2 WT
Shimizu (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
UN (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
 
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UN passes.

Electroforming (Refinery) + H2-O2 Fuel Cell(Generator) wrote:

ESA (8 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
NASA (3 WT : 2 Cards) - ?
*PRC (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 2 WT
Shimizu (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
UN (4 WT : 0 Cards) - pass
 
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ESA passes.

Electroforming (Refinery) + H2-O2 Fuel Cell(Generator) wrote:

ESA (8 WT : 0 Cards) - pass
NASA (3 WT : 2 Cards) - ?
*PRC (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 2 WT
Shimizu (4 WT : 0 Cards) - ?
UN (4 WT : 0 Cards) - pass
 
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It is Thanksgiving weekend here in the states. Usually, I'd cut an auction off by now. This one, however, will run until everyone chimes in or we get to 5 PM PST on Monday the 28th.
 
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Electroforming (Refinery) + H2-O2 Fuel Cell (Generator) wrote:
ESA (8 WT : 0 Cards) - pass
NASA (3 WT : 2 Cards) - 0
*PRC (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 2
Shimizu (4 WT : 0 Cards) - 0
UN (4 WT : 0 Cards) - pass

The next Refinery is the Fluidized Bed
 
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Just an update and reminder: The current auction runs until 5 PM PST today. So, about another nine hours. We're still waiting on bids from NASA and Shimizu.
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robbbbbb wrote:
Just an update and reminder: The current auction runs until 5 PM PST today. So, about another nine hours. We're still waiting on bids from NASA and Shimizu.


Sorry for delay. NASa pass
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