March 20, 2021 – The Search For Planet X Wins 2021 SXSW Tabletop award. The winner of the 2021 South By Southwest category at the gaming awards is “awarded to the game that exemplifies overall excellence and ingenuity of any tabletop game in any genre” and this year it goes to the deduction game produced by Renegade Games and Foxtrot Games. They made a joint statement about their excitement with the news.
“We are beyond excited to share that The Search for Planet X has been selected as the Tabletop Game of the Year at the 2021 SXSW Gaming Awards! Co-published with Foxtrot Games last year, and designed by Ben Rosset and Matthew O’Malley, The Search for Planet X is a competitive deduction game where players take on the role of astronomers scouring the night sky for the elusive Planet X. Each hopes to be the one to discover it, and in doing so cement their place in the history books!”
The Search For Planet X beat out the other nominees – Oceans, The Crew The Quest For Planet Nine, Fort and Calico to win the 2021 SXSW tabletop game of the year award.
The SXSW Gaming Awards honors excellence throughout the gaming industry. In collaboration with IGN, this year’s ceremony recognizes the talents behind titles that influenced and advanced the culture of gaming in 2020.
The winner of the 2020 award was Paladins of the West Kingdom beating out Parks, Pax Pamir, Tainted Grail: The Fall of Avalon and Taverns of Tiefenthal.
First launching in 2015 the other past winners were Root (2019), Gloomhaven (2018), Arkham Horror: The Card Game (2017), Pandemic Legacy (2016), Star Realms (2015).
ABOUT THE SEARCH FOR PLANET X
Players take on the role of astronomers, using observations and logical deductions to search for this hypothetical planet. Each game, the companion app randomly selects an arrangement of objects and a location for Planet X following predefined logic rules.
Each round, as the earth travels around the sun, players will use the app to perform scans and attend conferences. As they gain information about the location of the objects, they’ll mark that information on their deduction sheets. As players learn the locations of the various objects, they can start publishing theories. This is the way that players score points.
As more and more objects are found, players will narrow down the possible locations for Planet X. Once a player believes they know its location and the objects on either side of it, they use the app to conduct a search. The game ends when a player successfully locates Planet X, and all players have a final chance to score some additional points.