Almost a year ago, I posted about Jump Gate, an indie print-on-demand game that won last year’s GAMES 100 Game of the Year. Now, Jump Gate is getting a new edition professionally published through Schmidt Spiele, and called Space Mission. There will be some rules changes, according to the discussion on BoardGameGeek, to make it “tighter and more of a family strategy game.”
I like Jump Gate. Not to the extent of agreeing with GAMES that it was the best game of that year, but there’s no shame in that. The way it handles multiple uses for any given card is straightforward enough, but keeps the game flowing. And the core idea of juggling card collection for multiple scoring mechanisms (not unlike the same year’s 7 Wonders) is strong. I’ll be interested to see what they do with the new Space Mission version.
Kudos to indie designer Matt Worden on this milestone.Space Mission box copyright 2011, presumably by Schmidt Spiele. It is used here as part of commentary on the product.