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PostPosted: March 31st, 2017, 7:41 pm 
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Xtronaut is a board game designed by OSIRIS-REx Principal Investigator Dante Lauretta. I think it might be a fun game for the kids to play at Review & Expansion. It is a card-based game about getting the hardware necessary to build a rocket powerful enough to get the satellite to its mission location, while competing with others. It even gives an advantage to using reusable rockets (represented in-game by the Falcon 9), by allowing players to keep the first stage after each mission. Gravity assists, Delta-V, and even government shutdowns are part of the game. Rockets in game include the aforementioned Falcon 9, Delta IV (It is not clear which variant however, but it likely isn't the Heavy version since only one strap-on booster is allowed per rocket), Atlas V, and the upcoming SLS. There are three types of spacecraft; orbiters, rovers, and landers. Each type has three tiers, with higher tiers weighing more but giving more points upon mission completion. The low tier orbiter is based upon the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the medium tier one is based upon the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the high tier orbiter appears to be based off of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter. The low tier rover is based upon Sojourner, the medium tier rover is based upon the MER rovers, and the upper tier rover is based on Curiosity/Mars 2020 Rover. The low tier lander is based upon the Surveyor lunar landers, the medium tier lander is based upon InSight, and the upper tier lander is not based on any real-world design.

Amazon link:http://bit.ly/xtronbg

The game costs $40.

The aforementioned spacecraft.
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PostPosted: April 1st, 2017, 4:40 pm 
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This may actually work for R&E; it will depend on gameplay and length. Monday or Tuesday I will look into the possibility of acquiring it.


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PostPosted: April 21st, 2017, 1:42 am 
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This looks interesting and the price is not too high either.


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