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I've never been a sci-fi/space guy. I've always loved fantasy/medieval themes. I have never really even been exposed to sci-fi (I've only seen like half of a star wars film), so I think there's still a chance. Any recommendations for games that will get me into the whole sci-fi theme? I'm not looking for anything too complex.
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What kind of games and/or gameplay do you like?
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Well, I'm really, really new to the whole board game scene, so I really don't know. I never tend to play games with more than 2-3 people, if that helps. Honestly, the only board games I've played so far is Summoner Wars, Quarriors, and Flash Duel.
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Someone else will probably be able to point you to some games that are closer to that kind of game play.

As far as my favorite space game so far, I would have to say Race for the Galaxy.

I also like Battlestar Galactica, but that might be more complex then you will want to get into at this point.
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Star Trek: Fleet Captains is also suppose to be good, but I haven't gotten around to trying it out yet.
 
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Nexus Ops ... well designed board game

Core Worlds ... deck building game - excellent empire builder.

Gears of War ... miniatures based board game

Galaxy Trucker ... you need a sense of humor for this one as you watch the spaceship you carefully built get torn apart by various cosmic dangers.

Conquest of Planet Earth ... cooperative or competitive board game that pays homage to the B Scifi movies of the 50's.

I'm sure you'll get a lot of good suggestions from others but this should get you started.

Good luck in your quest.
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If you like dice in your games Alien Frontiers would be worth a try
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I've found Carpe Astra and Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League to be a excellent sci-fi games. I haven't played it, but Terra Prime looks good.
 
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Why not finish the movie first and see what you think . . .
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Watch the season of Firefly. It's only fourteen episodes long, and I bet after one or two you will be hooked. It's a hodgepodge of genres (comedy, western, etc) but primarily sci-fi. If you don't like that series, you probably don't like sci-fi.
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Simple....Eclipse!! Amazing game!
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You're probably better off reading some sci-fi or watching some movies first before buying games.
If the genre doesn't grab you you're unlikely to enjoy sci-fi themed games.
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scifiantihero wrote:
Why not finish the movie first and see what you think . . .


Or watch a good sci-fi movie instead of Star Wars.

Try Firefly (TV) and Serenity (movie) by Josh Wheaton and the new Battlestar Galatica series as a starting point. Books should also help: Asimov, Dick, Le Guin, Herbert, Pohl, Heinlein, Clarke, etc.

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+1 for Alien Frontiers, Galaxy Trucker, Nexus Ops and Carpe Astra.

I'd also have a look at Eminent Domain, Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game and Ascending Empires.

Race for the Galaxy and Eclipse are both excellent games but I think that they're probably a bit beyond what you're looking for in terms of weight of game just now. Not that RftG is that heavy but it has a steep learning curve whilst people internalise the iconography, although once that's been done it provides a huge pay-off in future plays of the game.
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scifiantihero wrote:
Why not finish the movie first and see what you think . . .


Or watch a good sci-fi movie instead of Star Wars. [...]


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David N wrote:
tssfulk wrote:
scifiantihero wrote:
Why not finish the movie first and see what you think . . .


Or watch a good sci-fi movie instead of Star Wars. [...]


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Yes. Star Wars has clearly been a terrible example of film. Totally unapproachable and unwatachable.

How could anyone POSSIBLY recommend it?

But yeah, definitely watch something that's 14 episodes long to decide if you like science fiction or not.

(Firefly is great, and one of the few science fictiony things I'd tell someone who was unsure to watch. Along with Star Wars. Get real.)

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scifiantihero wrote:
David N wrote:
tssfulk wrote:
scifiantihero wrote:
Why not finish the movie first and see what you think . . .


Or watch a good sci-fi movie instead of Star Wars. [...]


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Yes. Star Wars has clearly been a terrible example of film. Totally unapproachable and unwatachable.

How could anyone POSSIBLY recommend it?

But yeah, definitely watch something that's 14 episodes long to decide if you like science fiction or not.

(Firefly is great, and one of the few science fictiony things I'd tell someone who was unsure to watch. Along with Star Wars. Get real.)


I would call Star Wars a great gateway game sci-fi movie. I watch and read every and all kinds of sci-fi, and I still consider Star Wars a classic.
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Elliotpwnz wrote:
I have never really even been exposed to sci-fi (I've only seen like half of a star wars film)

Star Wars isn't sci-fi, it's a space opera, try "2001".

Oh wait, 2001 isn't sci-fi, it's a head film, try "The Boys from Brazil".

Oh wait, that's a WWII film (sort of), try "Earth Girls are Easy".

Oh wait
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Avoid watching The Fountain and Solaris.. unless you want to equate sci-fi with 'boring' and 'George Clooney's ass.'


You just became my best friend with that comment.

Its true. Avoid them. As for games, play Race of the Galaxy, or just wait for Star Trek Catan...then you'll be a shoe in.
 
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red black wrote:
Avoid watching The Fountain and Solaris.. unless you want to equate sci-fi with 'boring' and 'George Clooney's ass.'


Watch the original Russian version of Solaris instead. Still might be boring, but at least you don't get GC's bum.
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Star Wars are nice as kids' movies, but as an adult they are rather "meh" and I'd rather watch something else (and I love sci-fi). The parent didn't even finish watching it. There is probably a good reason for that.

scifiantihero wrote:
David N wrote:
tssfulk wrote:
scifiantihero wrote:
Why not finish the movie first and see what you think . . .


Or watch a good sci-fi movie instead of Star Wars. [...]


QFT, +1thumbsup


Yes. Star Wars has clearly been a terrible example of film. Totally unapproachable and unwatachable.

How could anyone POSSIBLY recommend it?

But yeah, definitely watch something that's 14 episodes long to decide if you like science fiction or not.

(Firefly is great, and one of the few science fictiony things I'd tell someone who was unsure to watch. Along with Star Wars. Get real.)

 
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tssfulk wrote:
red black wrote:
Avoid watching The Fountain and Solaris.. unless you want to equate sci-fi with 'boring' and 'George Clooney's ass.'


Watch the original Russian version of Solaris instead. Still might be boring, but at least you don't get GC's bum.


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tssfulk wrote:
red black wrote:
Avoid watching The Fountain and Solaris.. unless you want to equate sci-fi with 'boring' and 'George Clooney's ass.'


Watch the original Russian version of Solaris instead. Still might be boring, but at least you don't get GC's bum.

Better yet, read the book by Stanislaw Lem
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Here's my take on the question, for what it's worth:

Games are games. Just because they're sci-fi games doesn't mean they'll necessarily get you "into" the sci-fi genre, nor should you be turned off of them because you're not into the sci-fi genre. All the games listed are worth playing and stand up on their own merits. They just happen to be sci-fi themed.

Here's my case study: My wife isn't too keen on fantasy. She loves Battlelore and Battles of Westeros because she loves strategy games. When we play first-person shooters, she's into the WW2 ones because that's what she's into. All things being equal, she'll go for the theme she prefers. But when the games play differently, she'll go for the game she prefers despite the theme.

So don't think of them as sci-fi games. Think of them as games with a sci-fi theme and just play what looks fun. The theme does not necessarily make the game as it does a piece of fiction. A lot of them (all of them, perhaps) could just as easily be rethemed and still be as much fun.

If you're asking for a game as a way to get into sci-fi as a genre, you're barking up the wrong tree. Go with the other suggestions in the thread and watch a movie, TV show, or read a book. Then you'll be exposed to what the sci-fi genre really has to offer.

Hope that helps a little.
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Star Wars isn't sci-fi, its fantasy that happens to have space ships in it. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the original trilogy and several of the video games (KOTOR is awesome), but sci-fi it aint.
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