“Having someone know where the Grail is at the start makes for an interesting twist.”

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Extraterrestrial Grail

The outer space board game of cunning and strategy!

The universe is teetering out of control and the aliens that inhabit it are getting restless. Rumors about total annihilation have spread through every corner of each galaxy. The rumor is that if one particular object can be obtained, then that alien’s race and home planet will be saved. Otherwise, their race will be exterminated and their home planet will be destroyed. One alien whispers to another, “What are we looking for?” The other alien snaps back, “The Grail, of course.”


Extraterrestrial Grail is a turn-based strategy board game for 2-4 players. Extraterrestrial Grail takes place in outer space in which you are an alien searching for the Grail. Only one player gets the Grail at the beginning of the game, so the other aliens must find out where it is by fighting each other and exploring planets for it. The object of the game is to have the Grail card in your hand when the alarm goes off at the end.

This game was inspired by the board game in the book Interstellar Pig by William Sleator.

A free PC video game version of Extraterrestrial Grail can be downloaded here:
Extraterrestrial Grail [sites.google.com]


Game Setup:
After each player is randomly dealt an alien card, each player receives attribute cards. Some attribute cards are weapons which remove life points from an enemy alien (bomb, missile, laser rifle, and etc.). Other attribute cards are designed to steal cards from other aliens (mug gloves, rope, and etc.). There are also attribute cards that let you safely search and give you the ability to search foreign planets (respiration headgear, flashlight, thermal garment, and etc.). There are many more kinds of attribute cards as well!

After each player is randomly dealt attribute cards, the 8 planets are chosen one at a time by each player until all of the planets have been selected. A player can only hold a maximum of 6 attribute cards in their hand at a time. All of the attribute cards that the player has chosen to not place in their hand must be placed face down underneath their planet cards. Then the timer starts and the deadly game of Extraterrestrial Grail will begin!


Turn Options:
- Roll die and move your alien (only once per turn)
- Search a planet for attribute cards (if your alien spaceship is on a planet)
- Start a battle with an enemy alien located on the same star/planet as your alien
- Use attribute card(s) in your hand

Battle Turn Options (choose one per battle turn):
- Use natural attack
- Flee from battle
- Use an attribute card in your hand


The object of the game is to have the Grail in your hand when the alarm goes off or have the Grail in your hand when all the other aliens have been eliminated. If no one has the Grail in their hand when the timer alarm goes off, then everyone loses. For example: If there is time still left on the timer and only one alien is still alive, then that alien must find the Grail before time is up to win the game (the game will end when the last player standing finds the Grail).

Components

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Requirements

time30-60
players2-4
age12+

Cool Factors

  • Play as 1 of 8 unique aliens with different abilities!
  • Choose from 25+ attribute cards (ray guns,viruses,and more)!
  • Develop devious strategies to defeat the other players!


Vitals

DesignerDan Simon
Average Rating (1)
Publish DateJuly 09, 2013
EditionFirst
TypeGame
GenreSci-Fi
ThemeCombat
SettingSpace
AudienceHardcore Gamer
Primary MechanicStrategy
More InfoExtraterrestrial Grail web site

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