Episode 369: Orbital Velocity

Release Date: March 26, 2021

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Running Time:  63 min.

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During the early days of space exploration, two nations are competing to be the first to launch satellites into various stages of Earth orbit. In order to accomplish this amazing feat of science and technology, your nations decide to pool resources and knowledge to design rockets together. 

Can you play cards to maneuver a jointly controlled rocket to the right orbital velocity and deploy your satellite first? As the rockets reach orbits farther from Earth, the challenges and calculations increase. The first to deploy three satellites will win an early lead in the Space Race and be crowned the Queen (or King) of Physics for a day.

Orbital Velocity is a simple, subtle, and ambitious game. 

From the foundation of an easy to learn math-based card puzzle, the game offers an elegant, intuitive path to understand the cosmic force of gravity and more worldly concepts in Economics and Game Theory.

Tune in to explore the game and learn why Orbital Velocity earns our Spiel of Approval.

Complete Show Notes continue after the break.

Orbital Velocity   Official Site |  BGG

Designer: Pratap Ramamurthy & Swetha Ganapathi Raman

Art: Giovanni Spadaro

Publisher: Orbital Velocity Games

2 or 4 players (in teams)  30 min.  ages 10+   

Time to teach/learn:  3-5 minutes



Build a Bigger Game Table with Ezra Denney

Ezra's Guest: Dr. Michael James Heron  - Meeple Like Us


Music credits include:

Satellite of Love by Lou Reed  |  the song

War of the Satellites by The Ventures | the song

Satellite (cover) by 8-Bit Misfits | the song