Space. From one look at this blog you can probably tell that we like space. And we do. Habitable Zone not only exists in space, but in the interactions between an ordinary freighter captain, a massively overpopulated planet, and fresh opportunities, ripe for the picking. In Habitable Zone, players take the role of a budding ship captain who has the perfect combination of bravery, ambition, and good fortune. You are one of the select few who has been given the opportunity to venture to the nearby exoplanets and turn them into budding colonies for the human race.
Seems straight forward enough, right? Take people from an overpopulated planet, and place them on the empty ones. Piece of cake. There’s just a slight hiccup in that plan – the planets are not quite people friendly at the moment. Toxic atmospheres, boiling lava, and seasonal instability may leave you wondering why these planets were chosen in the first place. But that answer is rather simple, they have potential. These planets are located in the famed Habitable Zone, meaning that they are in the correct position to be able to support liquid water. Your job, prior to putting your eager colonists on these worlds, is to use your planet’s supply of terraforming tools to make these planets mirror images of the place you once called home.
Although this seems like a wondrous process that you should carefully monitor and make fine tune adjustments over the course of a few decades, time is a luxury you don’t have. You’ve only been given a short amount of time to complete your task, and if you don’t perform to your government’s standards, you will be striped of your command and another captain will fill your shoes before you can even get your foot out the door. In addition, players must compete with each other to lay claim to their choice planets. There are plenty of planets in the universe, but when you make cargo runs you need to pick carefully, as not all planets are created equal.
Habitable Zone does an excellent job immersing you in your task, but be wary of the other players; if you don’t keep your eyes on them, the game may be over quicker than you think. Players must keep one eye on the board and one on that shifty captain across the table. Any sign of victory in his face can mean a huge upheaval in gameplay across the entire board. And while you are planning what you are going to do with the vast amounts of wealth gathered from your colonies, keep another eye on this blog. More updates will be coming, and you don’t want to be left in the dark with what is happening in the Habitable Zone.