Wormhole! is a space themed board game for up to 8 players that turns the traditional rules of game play inside out. Everyone starts out at the edge of the board on a spiral track and takes turns rolling dice and drawing cards until everyone except one lucky individual reaches the center, making them the winner.
Every turn you roll the dice, move closer to doom and draw a card. That card may be good, it may be bad, but it will certainly be unpleasant for someone. Red event cards go into effect immediately and may move you forward or back, swap you with the nearest ship or even make you take another turn. Blue mass cards are…mass cards. Mass is also the most common card type in the deck and comes in 25, 50, 75 and 100 unit variants. Mass is bad, because for every 100 mass you accumulate you have to roll another die on your turn. So if you’ve got 300 mass sitting in front of you, you’re rolling 4 dice every turn. And that’s just not going to end well. Green action cards are like red event cards, but you can hold onto them and use them to avoid the bad stuff. Green action cards can send your highest mass card to the person behind you. Or if you happen to be that person behind you can dodge that mass and let it keep on heading back. There’s even an action card that will let you skip your own turn!
Wormhole! is easy to play once you’re familiar with the rules…which fit on a standard sheet of letter paper (and in pretty large print too) and are surprisingly NOT rocket science. Those rules don’t change either, and the cards are straight forward too. The trick to winning comes down to playing the right green cards at the right times, not to mention a fair amount of luck.