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Foxtrot Games released “The Search for Planet X” as their fifth Kickstarter project and it became their most funded campaign to date. The company was founded by Randy Hoyt and Tyler Segel, and it is operated by Randy Hoyt and John Shulters. They are committed to providing engaging experiences through beautiful and approachable tabletop games.

The Search for Planet X was launched on October 8, 2019 on Kickstarter and was fully funded within 48 hours. Their 14 campaign stretch goals included metal tokens, screen art, miniatures, game soundtracks, voice-overs, and larger board. Throughout the campaign, Foxtrot Games released logic puzzles and social media goals to keep their backers engaged and voting on their favorite additions. By the end of the campaign, 1,177 backers pledged $48,181. During their campaign Foxtrot Games announced their partnership with The Planetary Society, run by CEO Bill Nye and founded by Carl Sagan.

The Search for Planet X combines real astrology and the history behind the theory that astrologers have been calling Planet X since 2016. In the game, players take on the role of astronomers using observations and logical deductions to find Planet X. The companion App is used throughout the game to help players learn more and check their theories. The app randomly determines where Planet X and other objects will be during the new round of play. Each turn players submit theories, score points, and attend conferences to learn as much as they can about Planet X.

Other objects in space to find include asteroid fields, comets, dwarf planets, and gas clouds. As the sun rotates around the board new information is shown and players continue to learn as much as they can until the correct submission of where Planet X is found. Points are awarded throughout the game for correct theories and for locating Planet X. The Search for Planet X includes the thrill of secretly discovering something, while the level of competition increases the closer players get to discovering the location of Planet X.

To learn more about The Search for Planet X and Foxtrot Games, check out the information and links below.

Game Information:
Number of player: 1-4
Suggested Play Time: 60-75 minutes
Suggested Age: 13+

Included in the box:
Companion app
Earth board
Sun disc
Expert Cards
Solar System Board
4 Player Screens
Target Tokens
1 Pad of note sheets
Theory Tokens

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: October 2019
Ship Date: April 2020