That’s right, we’re finally ready to show some of the artwork that will be part of Habitable Zone! This week, we’re showing off the artwork for the planet’s you’ll be able to terraform and colonize over the course of a game. When you take ownership of a planet on the game board, you’ll also add the planet’s corresponding card to your play area. (Click on the images to view them at a higher resolution)
As you can see, Tau Ceti is a fairly small planet. This can either be helpful or detrimental depending on your overall strategy. On the upside, Tau Ceti only requires a few resources to terraform, making it an easy acquisition early in the game. On the other hand, sending colonists to Tau Ceti won’t provide much in the way of Victory Points. The first colonist you send will provide you with additional income, but isn’t worth any Victory points. A small planet like this will certainly help you on your way, but it won’t carry you to victory.
Mu Arae is a large planet, and thus it will take quite a bit of time and effort to terraform. Though if you do settle a large planet, it will certainly be worth your while. It will provide you with more Victory Points than a small planet, bringing you much closer to winning. The artwork for Mu Arae is definitely one of my favorites. The way the planet’s shadow falls on the rings really gives a great sense of scale.
In addition to terraforming, you’ll also be able to undertake Public Missions to increase your standing among the other captains, the colonists, and your government. Public missions are available to all players, so if you want to be noticed, you’ll have to act quickly or it may get snatched up by another captain. Here is an example of a mission that players may come across:
As you can see, you will gain some cargo in addition to the inherent reputation that comes with all mission. Not only will the reputation bring you closer to victory, but the extra cargo could be just what you need to gain the edge on the other players. That’s all we have to show for today! If you haven’t done so already, you should follow this blog for news happening in the Habitable Zone.