A project to fund a new edition of Greg Costikyan’s award-winning game Web & Starship is now live on Kickstarter. Originally published in 1984, Web & Starship is an asymmetrical 3-player game that won the Charles S. Robert Award for the year’s best science fiction board game.
The new edition has upgrade components and is available in Standard, Delux and Special Editions. The Special Editions are limited to three sets of 100 copies featuring the three races at odds in the game: the bird-like Gwynhyfarr, the burrowing Pereen, and the Terrans of Earth. Play takes place on a two-dimensional game board centered on Sol that represents the three dimensions of space. Notations on the board indicate the distance of a star above or below ecliptic (the plane formed by the Earth's orbit around the sun).
Game-play is asymmetric as all of the three players have very different abilities and options at their disposal. And while "asymmetric" often means Euro-style games that are like "playing solitaire simultaneously", Web & Starship is a game of economic expansion interrupted by space battles and conquest. Namely: the conquest of Earth.
NOTE: The game includes two-player rules with the Terrans as an unplayed third position. Both players bid Economic Points to influence the Terran Diplomacy Track.
Cover art by Grzegorz Pedrycz.