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High Frontier Play-by-Email Game TWO

This the living Play-by-Mail session report of Game #2 (Basic Rules).

Players:

- John : SHIMIZU (orange)
- Luca : ESA (green)
- Francisco : NASA (white)
- Sam : UN (purple)
- Manuel : PRC (red)

Session Report:

Year 2053 (Turn 1)

Shimizu Corporation begins the year bidding on research for a new MET STREAMER ROBONAUT. Although the ESA, NASA and PRC enter bidding as well, the SHIMIZU corporation offer couldn't be beat (4 WT).

Then the European Space Agency needed to focus on new robonaut designs for site prospecting: the FLYWHEEL TRACTOR. NASA and PRC enter bidding and ESA bows out. PRC wins the auction bidding 3 WT, that are paid to ESA.

After passing on the Flywheel Tractor design, NASA turned its eye (and budget) to the promising EXPLOSIVE GAS DYNAMIC LASER. ESA enters bidding huge and the auction is won by the European Space Agency with a 5 WT bid.

UN focuses its effort onto the development of the NEUTRAL BEAM ROBONAUT and puts its design patent up for auction. Shimizu Corporation wins UN's auction for the Neutral Beam Robonaut for 2 WT.

Now PRC opens an auction for the FREE ELECTRON LASER ROBONAUT. The auction is won by NASA with a 3 WT bid.

A summary of some cards auctioned during Turn 1

Year 2054 (Turn 2)

Shimizu Corporation auctions the CERMET NERVA THRUSTER. The auction is won by NASA that pays 3 WT to Shimizu.

European Space Agency opens an auction for the HALL EFFECT THRUSTER, that is won by PRC with a bid of 3 WT.

NASA has built the components for the highly advanced CERMET NERVA THRUSTER. A successful launch puts it into LEO where testing will begin on its engine and materials.

UN puts up the KUCK MOSQUITO ROBONAUT for auction, that is won by UN with a bid of 1 WT.

Then PRC puts a new Thruster for auction: DE LAVAL NOZZLE. ESA wins the auction and pays 2 WT to PRC.

A summary of cards auctioned during Turn 2

Year 2055 (Turn 3)

Shimizu Corporation begins the year bidding on research for a new ISRU SABATIER REFINERY. Despite ESA and NASA enter bidding as well, the SHIMIZU corporation offer couldn't be beat (2 WT).

ESA boosts the DE LAVAL NOZZLE Thruster, 4 WT cost, 1 WT is credited to NASA.

NASA boosts the FREE ELECTRON LASER Robonaut, 5 WT cost. NASA gets a 1 WT rebate.

UN puts the METASTABLE HELIUM THRUSTER up for bid. NASA bids up to 3 WT, but the auction is won by UN in the end (3 WT).

PRC boosts the HALL EFFECT Thruster and the FLYWHEEL TRACTOR Robonaut to LEO, 4 WT are paid, 1 WT is credited to NASA. A rocket is then assembled.

A summary of cards auctioned during Turn 2

Year 2056 (Turn 4)

Shimizu Corporation opens an auction for the MIRROR STREAMER THRUSTER. ESA and NASA bid up to 2 WT each. Shimizu sells the blueprints to ESA, hoping some return favor in the future.

ESA puts the ELECTROFORMING REFINERY up to auction. NASA, UN and PRC bid 1 WT each. ESA sells the blueprints to PRC.

NASA then puts a new Refinery to auction: CVD MOLDING. This time the auction is won by NASA with a 2 WT bid.

UN now puts the BASALT FIBER SPINNING REFINERY to auction, easily won by UN for 1 WT.

A summary of cards auctioned during Turn 4

PRC begins his first voyage to Mars and thrusts the rocket beyond the Sol-Earth Lagrange point. Then PRC sells the ELECTROFORMING REFINERY for 3 WT.

Summary of rockets positions at the end of Turn 4

Year 2057 (Turn 5)

Shimizu Corporation boosts the MET STREAMER Robonaut to rocket stack, 3 WT cost (1 WT is credited to NASA).

ESA puts the CAT FUSION Z-PINCH TORCH ROBONAUT up to auction and buys the blueprints bidding 1 WT.

The card auctioned during Turn 5

NASA has yet no rocket to move and performs an Income operation. UN do the same.

Rocket of PRC successfully sails to Mars through the HEO and the Sol-Mars Lagrange point. Then lands on the Arsia Mons Caves after an safe aerobrake menoeuvre. PRC thus perform an immediate Prospect operaion with the buggy Robonaut, so claiming the entire surface of Mars!

Rocket of PRC landed on Mars and claimed its surface!

Year 2058 (Turn 6)

Shimizu Corporation sells the blueprints of NEUTRAL BEAM ROBONAUT for 3 WT. ESA sells the MIRROR STREAMER THRUSTER for 3 WT as well.

NASA moves the rocket as follows: 4 WT are used to fuel it up and then all burned to move to the H-I between Sol-Earth L2 and Sol-Mars L5. Then NASA collect Income as operation.

Route of NASA rocket during Turn 6

UN perform no move, then collect Income as operation.

PRC decommisions its rocket and then puts the CARBO-CHLORINATION REFINERY up to auction. Despite the attempts by Shimizu, ESA and NASA, the auction is won by PRC with a bid of 1 WT.

The card auctioned during Turn 6

Year 2059 (Turn 7)

Shimizu Corporation loads the MET STREAMER ROBONAUT and moves the rocket to nearby Luna heading towards Hertha. Then sells a Refinery card in open market for 3 WT

ESA performs an Income operation collecting 1 WT. No movement.

NASA lands on Deimos and attempts a Prospect operation, that results into a bust however.

NASA rocket lands on Deimos but fails the prospection attempt

UN performs an Income operation, 1 WT is collected.

PRC puts the CAT FUSION Z-PINCH TORCH ROBONAUT up to auction. The blueprints are sold to ESA for 1 WT.

The card auctioned during Turn 7

Year 2060 (Turn 8)

Shimizu Corporation afterburns to just outside the Hertha cluster. Then puts the TUNGSTEN RESISTOJET
ROBONAUT
up for auction.The blueprints of the Robonaut are sold to Shimizu for 1 WT.

ESA boosts the EXPLOSION GAS DYNAMIC LASER ROBONAUT to LEO (3 WT cost, 1 WT to NASA), then the rocket is immediately assembled.

NASA's rocket stays on Deimos and extracts 3 WT.

UN boosts the CREW and the entire rocket, composed by the METASTABLE HELIUM THRUSTER, the KUCK MOSQUITO ROBONAUT and the BASALT FIBER SPINNING REFINERY (9 WT cost). 1 WT is paid to NASA.

PRC puts the FLUIDIZED BED REFINERY up to auction. The refinery is sold to NASA for 1 WT.

Year 2061 (Turn 9)

After a long journey, in a historically significant moment, the Shimizu drift onto Hertha and perform a successful prospecting operation (+1 WT to UN). The crew break out the last of the freeze-dried whale blubber.

ESA performs no move, the CAT FUSION Z-PINCH TORCH ROBONAUT is sold for 3 WT, then 4 WT are loaded immediately into the rocket.

NASA rocket stays put, then it's refueled by 3 WT.

Rocket of UN is assembled in LEO and fueled by 2 WT. Then it sails towards Hygeia (see attached picture below). Income collection is then performed as Operation.

UN rocket sails towards Higeia

PRC puts the MAGMA ELECTROLYSIS REFINERY up to auction. Despite the attempts of UN, the auction is won by PRC with a bid of 1 WT.

Year 2062 (Turn 10)

Shimizu Corporation performs an ISRU Operation (no move) to refuel the rocket in Hertha.

ESA moves its rocket sailing to Hygeia (see attached picture below), thus creating a diplomatic incident with UN. Then performs an Income Operation.

ESA rocket sails towards Higeia

NASA rocket blasts off from Deimos, moving beyond Mars towards the Asteroids. An Event roll produces pretty
pictures of Deimos (No Effect). +1 WT Income Operation.

After some diplomatic turmoils with ESA, UN arranges a deal: ESA will grant to UN the rights for water extraction in its claimed sites. So, UN moves the rocket toward in the direction of Lutetia, then put the ELECTROFORMING REFINERY up for auction. Despite the attempts by Shimizu, the auction is won by UN with a bid of 2 WT.

PRC sells a Refinery for 3 WT. No movement is performed.

Year 2063 (Turn 11)

Shimizu Corporation performs another ISRU Operation in Hertha (no move).

ESA moves the rocket to the Hygiea Family L-Point Intersection and then performs an Orbital Prospect Operation. Failure in Friederike and Badenia, success in Hygiea.

NASA moves the rocket to align with the Vesta Family. Income Operation increases WT reserve to 3.

NASA rocket moved to align with the Vesta Family

UN move their rocket towards Lutetia. Then the TUNGSTEN RESISTOJET ROBONAUT up to action. The blueprints are purchased by PRC with a bid of 1 WT.

PRC sells immediately the blueprints of the just purchased TUNGSTEN RESISTOJET ROBONAUT for 3 WT.

Year 2064 (Turn 12)

Shimizu Corporation moves its rocket near the Nysa Lagrange point, and puts the ISRU SABATIER REFINERY up for auction. The blueprints are sold to Shimizu for 1 WT.

ESA rocket lands on Badenia, then ESA puts the MAGMA ELECTROLYSIS REFINERY up to auction. The auction is won by ESA with 1 WT.
The cards auctioned during Turn 12

NASA rocket moves into orbit at the Vesta Family of Asteroids and manages to prospect the three larger rocks, two others were bust. The UN receive 3 WT.

NASA rocket performs an Orbital Prospect of Vesta family

UN rocket lands on Lutietia and prospects successfully the site.

PRC performs an Income operation, no movement is performed.

Year 2065 (Turn 13)

Rocket of Shimizu is engaged in delicate navigation approaching Comet Encke. In the meantime, Shimizu
Corporation offers the patent of the PHOTON ELIOGYRO THRUSTER up for auction. The blueprints are sold to Shimizu for 1 WT.

ESA rocket stays in Badenia, where a new refuel operation is performed (+1 tank).

NASA rocket lands on Vesta, where a refuel operation is immediately performed (+2 tanks).

UN industrialize Lutetia building an ET Factory (M), +1 WT is credited to UN.

PRC boosts the following elements to Earth Low Orbit: HALL EFFECT THRUSTER, FLYWHEEL TRACTOR ROBONAUT, CARBO-CLORINATION REFINERY. All water is spent to boost and fill the water tanks of the rocket.

Year 2066 (Turn 14)

Rocket of Shimizu Corporation lands safely on the Comet Encke, but the site turns out to be busted (failed Prospect
operation).

ESA rocket stays yet in Badenia, where a new refuel operation is performed (+1 tank).

NASA rocket blasts off Vesta leaving there the Free Electron Laser Robonaut as Outpost. Then NASA performs an Income operation, +1 WT added.

UN rocket stays in Lutetia. Then an Impact Mold Sinter Refinery is built in the ET Factory of Lutetia (ET Production operation), thus creating there a freighter.

PRC performs no movement and collects income.

Year 2067 (Turn 15)

Rocket of Shimizu Corporation stays on the Comet Encke and is refueled.

The rocket of ESA rocket sails for a challenging trip to Okyrhoe (in top-left corner of the map). Acceleration is 6 (base 5 +1 for the ESA Beam Power -1 for the fuel weight). The rocket blasts off Badenia and enters the Hygiea Family HEO, then moves to the Event burn point and crosses the Jupiter fly-by, as soon in the Hohmann point, it turns the route towards Okyrhoe and crosses 2 other burns. The risk point is crossed without any problem and the rocket finally lands on Okyrhoe and performs a Prospect operation, failure (roll 5).

Rocket of NASA aligns itself with Earth Orbit prepping for Flyby Aerobrake. The Cvd Molding Refinery is boosted to LEO.

UN blasts the Impact Mold Sinter Refinery (M product assembled in 2066) off on a trajectory away from Earth. Then refuels the thruster with crew on comet Lutetia.

The rocket of PRC is fueled by 1 WT in LEO, then moves by 2 burns towards Mars, spending 3 fuel steps. An Income operation is then performed (+1 WT).

UN Freighter blasts off on a trajectory away from Earth



Year 2068 (Turn 16)

Rocket of Shimizu Corporation stays on the Comet Encke. Income operation is then performed.

Rocket of ESA stays on Okyrhoe and is refueled.

Rocket of NASA arrives at LEO safely after an Aerobrake monoeuvre. Income Operation is then performed.

Rocket of UN moves toward the Earth, the Freighter towards Saturn. Then The UN boost the Kuck Mosquito Robonaut to LEO, 1 WT is credited to NASA as launch fee.

UN Rocket sails towards the Earth

Rocket of PRC moves from the Sol-Earth Lagrange Point and approaches the Mars Fly-by to aerobrake into the Mars HEO, but the manouevre is a failure and the rocket crashes! Income operation performed afterwards.

Year 2069 (Turn 17)

Shimizu Corporations performs an Income operation (+1 WT), no movement.

Rocket of ESA lifts off Okyrhoe and sails towards Aneas. The rocket successfully crosses the risk points and safetly lands on Aneas. Then the asteroid is prospected, unsuccessfully though.

ESA Rocket sails towards Aneas

CVD Molding Refinery assembled into the rocket of NASA, then an Income operation is performed (+1 WT). No move.


Freighter of UN continues to move toward Jupiter toward Callisto. The rocket slowly coasts, then lands and plants a
flag on Eureka.


PRC puts the PONDEROMOTIV VASIMR THRUSTER up to auction. The auction is won by PRC with a bid of 1 WT.

Year 2070 (Turn 18)

Rocket of Shimizu Corporation is decommissioned in comet Encke. Then Shimizu puts the NEUTRAL BEAM ROBONAUT up to auction. The blueprints are sold to Shimizu with a bid of 1 WT.

Rocket of ESA lifts off Aneas and lands on Thithonus. Then a Prospetion attempt is performed, unsuccessful though.

Rocket of NASA is filled by 13 steps of fuel, then it blasts off LEO and crosses two burn points (HEO & GEO), finally approaching the L2-Earth-Sol and L5-Mars-Sol Langrange Points. Thus the rocket runs into a trajectory for a Mars Fly-by. An Income operation is then performed (+1 WT).

NASA Rocket reaches a trajectory for the Mars Fly-by

The Freighter of UN continues moving near Jupiter. The rocket returns to LEO from Eureka with the crew. Then after
celebrations to the first crew (*) and all their discoveries,
the UN tells the crew to go back to their capsule and get ready to leave again (+1 to NASA for the boost).

PRC performs a Free Market operation (+3 WT), no movement.





Year 2071 (Turn 19)

Shimizu performs an Income operation (+1 WT).

ESA rocket lifts off Tithonus and sails towards the Jovian Trojans, then fails the orbital prospection of Laocoon and Antenor.

Rocket of NASA moves to the Mars Flyby, thus gaining a free burn, and uses to place the rocket just outside the Vesta family along the blue line. Then an Income operation is performed (+1 WT).

Rocket of UN moves into the Earth Flyby position. The Freighter moves 1 spot forward. Then UN performs an Income operation (+1 WT).

PRC puts the PHOTON KITE SAIL THRUSTER up to auction. The auction is won by NASA with a 2 WT bid, that are paid to PRC.

Year 2072 (Turn 20)

Shimizu performs an Income operation (+1 WT).

Rocket of ESA lands on Glaukos and successfully prospects the asteroid.

Rocket of NASA burns one step of fuel to increase thrust to 8 (afterburn), then the wet mass reduces this to 7 but still enough to allow NASA to consume one burn and land for free on Vesta. Vesta is then industrialized.

Rocket and Freighter of UN move out to Jupiter area. The CAT FUSION Z-PINCH TORCH ROBONAUT is the put up to auction, and is purchased by UN with a 0 WT bid.

Rocket and Freighter of UN sail to Jupiter area

PRC puts the MASS DRIVER THRUSTER up to auction. The blueprints are sold to PRC with a 0 WT bid.

Year 2073 (Turn 21)

Shimizu Corporation performs no movement, just an Income operation (+1 WT).

Rocket of ESA stays on Glaukos and is refueled by 2 steps.

NASA assembles the Atmospheric ISRU Scoop Refinery in Vesta and loads it into the rocket.

Rocket of UN moves over Ganymede. Then an Income operation is performed (+1 WT).

PRC performs a Free Market operation (+3 WT).

Year 2074 (Turn 22)

> Shimizu (Brian) leaves the game during Turn 22.

Rocket of ESA sais to the L-Point close to Patroclus and Menoetius, then an orbital prospection operation is performed: Patroclus is busted, Menoetius is successfully prospected.

Rocket of NASA is refueled by the ET Factory in Vesta.

UN outpost their thruster over Calisto. Then switching to alternate thruster, the Thruster performs an after burn and drops down to Callisto with the Robonaut and the Refinery. Finally as an operation, UN use the buggy to prospect the entire planet!

PRC puts the MIRROR STREAMER THRUSTER up to auction. The blueprints are sold to UN with a bid of 2 WT, that are paid to PRC.

Year 2075 (Turn 23)

Rocket of ESA detaches the Explosive Gas Dynamic Laser Robonaut as Outpost near Menoetius and then sails towards the Earth attempting a very roundabout route across the fly-by of Jupiter. Finally an Income operation is performed (+1 WT).

Rocket of NASA lifts off Vesta bringing the Atmospheric ISRU Scoop Factory as cargo, and moves to the blue line outside the Vesta Family.

UN build an S ET Factory on Callisto.

PRC performs a boost operation to LEO and assembles immediately a rocket, then loaded by 3 WT. 1 WT is paid to NASA for launch fees.

Year 2076 (Turn 24)

Rocket of ESA reaches the Earth LEO crossing the fly-by of Jupiter (4 burns are free, 1 is paid by 2 fuel steps). Then and Income operation is performed (+1 WT).


NASA Rocket goes all the way back home in Earth LEO and then sells the Atmospheric ISRU Scoop Refinery to Free Market for 8 WT.

UN perform an ET Production at Ganymede and assembles the Salt-Water Zubrin Thruster into the Rocket.

PRC puts the HALL EFFECT THRUSTER up to auction. The blueprints are sold to ESA with a bid of 1 WT, credited to PRC.

Year 2077 (Turn 25)

Rocket of ESA stays in LEO, then the Hall Effect Thruster is sold on the Free Market (+3 WT).

NASA puts the TUNGSTEN RESISTOJET ROBONAUT up to action. The blueprints are sold to NASA with a bid of 1 WT.

UN flys the Saltwater Zubrin Rocket and UN Crew from Calisto to the factory at Lutitea. Then does an ET Production at Lutitea and loads it onto an awaiting Freighter.

PRC puts the HALL EFFECT THRUSTER again up to auction. Despite another attempt by ESA to buy the technologies licence in order to make some specultations on the free market, this time the blueprints are sold to PRC with a bid of 1 WT.

Year 2078 (Turn 26)

Rocket of ESA stays in LEO, then an Income operation is performed (+1 WT).

NASA boosts the Tungsten Resistojet Robonaut and the NASA crew into its Rocket Stack.

UN move the Freighter back toward Jupiter again. Then the Zubrin Thruster & Crew Rocket performs a factory refuel in Lutetia.

PRC builds its first ET Factory on Mars (Arsia Mons Caves).

Year 2079 (Turn 27)

Rocket of ESA still stays in LEO, then another Income operation is performed (+1 WT).

NASA refuels the Tungsten Resistojet Robonaut Rocket and moves it along with the Crew along the blue path past the Mars fly-by and stopping outside the Vesta Family. Then an ET Production is performed on Vesta, the Atmospheric ISRU Scoop Refinery is assembled and loaded into a Freighter.

Freighter of UN enters the Sol-Jupiter Lagrange point. Then the Rocket sails from Lutetia to Mercury and lands on the planet. Then a Free Market operation is performed, the Basalt Fiber Spinning Refinery is sold and generates a +3 WT income.


PRC performs an ET Production operation, the Ion Drive Thruster is assembled into the Rocket in Arsia Mons Caves site on Mars.

Year 2080 (Turn 28)

Rocket of ESA still stays in LEO, then another Income operation is performed (+1 WT).

NASA moves both Freighter and Rocket to Vesta Family HEO and coalesce. Cermet NERVA is decommissioned and sold for 3 WT.

Freighter of UN sails towards Jupiter. The Rocket flies from Mercury to Mars and lands. Then an Income operation is performed (+1 WT).


PRC Rocket in Arsia Mons Caves is refueled on Mars.

Year 2081 (Turn 29)

Rocket of ESA still stays in LEO, then another Income operation is performed (+1 WT).

Rocket of NASA lands on Eichsfeldia and Industrialized the site building an S ET Factory. The crew remains in the rocket.

Freighter of UN moves toward Jupiter. Then the Rocket sails from Mars back to LEO. The Crew that has been to Calisto, Mercury, Mars, and back to LEO, is then decommissioned for another 6 Glory Points. UN then boost the Crew and a Robonaut back to LEO, the cost is 3 WT (+1 WT is credited to NASA).

PRC lifts off the Ion Drive Thruster with an afterburn and makes it to Sol-Mars Lagrange point. Then an Income operation is performed (+1 WT).

Year 2082 (Turn 30)

Rocket of ESA still stays in LEO, then another Income operation is performed (+1 WT).

Rocket of NASA stays in Unites site. Then the Atmospheric ISRU Scoop Refinery is assembled in Vesta (ET Production) and loaded into a Freighter.

Freighter of UN moves 1 burn point closer to Jupiter. Then the Rocket is refueled by 3 tanks and leaves LEO sailing back to Mercury (8 burns after correcting mass to 7, 4 fuel steps are consumed). Mercury is successfully prospected and claim granted (+1 WT to UN).


Rocket of PRC sails back to LEO spending 1 fuel step, then an Income operation is performed (+1 WT).

Year 2083 (Turn 31)

ESA boosts the Magma Electrolysis Refinery to LEO and assembles immediately the new component into Rocket (4 WT cost, +1 WT to NASA for launch fees).

The Freighter of NASA moves from the Factory in Vesta to that one in Eichsfeldia, landing and coalescing with the Rocket on Eichsfeldia. Then an ET Production is performed, thus assembling the Wakefield e-Beam Robonaut into the the NASA Rocket.

Freighter of UN moves towards Ganymede. The Rocket sails to Lutitiea and lands on the site. Then a Facotry Refuel operation is performed.

PRC performs a Free Market operation (+3 WT).

Year 2084 (Turn 32)

ESA loads 7 WT into the Rocket's fuel tanks, that so gains Acceleration 4. The rocket sails towards Menoetius reaching the Hohmann intersection near the Comet of Borrelly. Then an Income operarion is performed (+1 WT).

Rocket of NASA takes off from their S factory in Unites and lands on their C claim and Industrialize the site (Eichsfeldia). The Crew becomes part of the Space Colony.

Rocket of UN lifts off from Lutetia and flies to Callisto, then lands. UN successfully prospects both sides of the planet (+2 WT to UN).
UN then pays 5 WT to claim the Space Tourism Venture (to claim it, UN had to move a token from the glory area, and replace the glory spot with a busted marker.)

PRC puts the MASS DRIVER THRUSTER up to auction. The blueprints are sold to PRC with a bid of 1 WT.

Year 2085 (Turn 33)

Rocket of ESA continues its route towards the Jovian Troians. Then the PHOTON HELIOGYRO THRUSTER is put up to auction. The blueprints are sold to PRC with a bid of 2 WT, paid to ESA.

Now NASA player decides to close the game by spending 5 WT, provided 6 ET Factories out of 7 are currently in play. There's no way indeed to fill the 10 VP gap to UN, that is the definitive winner of the game. The game so ended.

Victory Points

ESA (Luca) :
Claims: Hygiea, Menoetius and Glaukos (asteroids).
3 Claims = 3 VP
Total: 3 VP

NASA (Francisco) :
Claims :
Vesta - FACTORY (V), Unites - FACTORY (S), Eichsfeldia - FACTORY (C) (asteroids).
3 Claims, 3 Factories, 1 Colony = 7 VP
1 C Factory = 5 VP
1 S Factory = 5 VP
1 V Factory = 8 VP
Total: 25 VP

UN (Sam) :
Claims : Lutetia (asteroid) - FACTORY (M), Callisto (both sides); Ganymede  (both sides) - FACTORY (S); Mercury (Planet V).
6 Claims, 2 Factories = 8 VP
1 S Factory = 5 VP
1 M Factory = 8 VP
3 Glory Missions = 9 VP
Space Tourism = 7 VP
Total: 37 VP [WINNER]


PRC (Manuel) :
Claims : Arsia Mons Caves - FACTORY (C), North Pole, Hellas Basin Burned Glaciers (Mars surface).
3 Claims, 1 Factory = 4 VP
1 C Factory = 5 VP
Total: 9 VP