UFOs! Fries from Space
A nourishing board game by Petra Brandenburger for 1-5 players aged 12 and up
Playing time: ca. 20 to 60 minutes
Illustrated by: Axel Scholz
The aliens have attained almost everything they could wish for: galaxy-wide peace,
highly developed industries - and a lot of free time on their hands. But what good is
all that wealth without proper veneration? And so they wander through space in their
quest for love and admiration. A few of these journies brought them to Earth, but the
human inhabitants they met recoiled in fright and confusion. The aliens retreated with
dashed hopes and injured pride, but then one of their scientists discovered that
the way to a humans heart is through his stomach. This proved to be even more true when
the food was laced with a generous dose of psychopharmaceuticals ...
As the expedition leader of an alien people, it is your task to built the best burger
diners and french fry joints to become the Most Adored Fast Food Manager and conquer
The players assume the roles of aliens that crave the love of mankind as much as mankind
craves a yummy burger. After each player has chosen a colour, city markers are randomly
placed on the game board. These markers show the resistance of humans in this city as
well as the maximal number of fast food diners within this city. Then, each player
selects a starting town where he places two of his UFOs.
If a player has seen an actual UFO, he is the start player. If none (or several) players
have, the last one to have visited a fast food restaurant starts. A turn consists of
moving the UFOs on the game board to subjugate the human populace by building fry joints
in towns and burger diners in cities. For the latter, the resistance of the city has to
be overcome by rolling at least as much on a 12-sided die. Adjacent fry joints make this
roll easier, since the good reputation of the alien fast food franchise will already have
reached the city.
Once a settlement is under the control of the aliens, UFOs of that alien race may zoom
across that area at their usual intergalactic speed without fear of alarming the humans.
If they should encounter an UFO of another player, however, they have to stop and try to
bump it away (remember, these are highly civilized and thus peaceful beings). Both
players roll a 6-sided die, add their Bump Bonus (from support from adjacent UFOs and
special UFO designs) and compare results.
The losing UFO is bumped across the map as many spaces as the difference of the final
results. In contrast to its usual stealthy movement, a bumped UFO tumbles through the
sky rather gracelessly, and thus can be seen and recognized as an alien spacecraft by
humans. Whenever a bumped UFO is moved over a city space, it leaves an eye witness
counter. Eye witnesses increase the resistance of cities against control attempts by
that alien people. Luckily, they can be removed with special Sedator UFOs.
The game ends when each city has at least one burger diner or when a player controls
4 or 5 cities (depending on the number of players). Now victory points are counted:
each diner scores as many points as the resistance of its city, and each fry joint
scores one point. The player with the most victory points is the winner and can call
himself Most Adored Fast Food Manager of Earth.
UFOs! Fries from Space is completely language independent apart from the summary sheets,
of which english versions are available
60 Fry Joints
18 City Markers
60 Eye Witnesses
5 Summary Sheets
2 Six Sided Dice
1 Twelve Sided Die
1 Game Board
1 City Record
© Argentum Verlag Köln, 2004