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Rating: 7.5 Very Good
Players: 1-4 players
Playing time: 120-61 minutes

Official Site: Black Angel on Pearl Games's website

Created by: Sébastien Dujardin, Xavier Georges, Alain Orban, Ian O'Toole

Published by: Pearl Games, Hobby Japan, sternenschimmermeer

Alternate Names: ブラックエンジェル, 黑天使号, 블랙 엔젤


Humanity, through its irresponsible behavior, has exhausted the natural resources of Earth, making it almost uninhabitable.

In a burst of lucidity, pressed by the irreversible degradation of your planet, the great nations are forced to put aside their differences and share their knowledge in order to create the most vast spacecraft ever constructed. Thus, the BLACK ANGEL project is launched.

The Black Angel, the first intergalactic frigate in history, must transport the genetic heritage of humanity beyond known worlds, over a journey that is likely to last several thousand years. Her crew will be composed of only robots.

Because no nation is willing to trust creation of the AI (artificial intelligence) that will control this crew to any other nation, a compromise is found: The Black Angel will be co-managed by several AIs, and the utility of each decision will be evaluated in VP (Validation Process).

At the completion of this long and perilous voyage, when a new inhabitable planet has been reached, the AI that has earned the most VP will be entrusted with reawakening Humanity, and overseeing its new start….

All the reports are in agreement: The Black Angel is approaching Spes, a planet with the highest probability for habitability by the human species.

Take advantage of our approach to maintain the good relations you have gradually woven with the benevolent Alien species populating the galaxy, and watch out for the dreaded Ravagers, who would do anything to prevent you from reaching Spes.

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  • 1 Black Angel gameboard, the frigate
  • 4 player boards in the player colors
  • 7 double-sided Space strips
  • 1 Planet Spes tile and 1 Planet Spes token
  • 1 Frigate figurine, the Black Angel
  • 20 ship figurines
  • 64 robot figurines in the player colors
  • 18 dice
  • 12 Starting Technology tiles
  • 48 Technology tiles 16 Advanced Technology titles
  • 60 Mission cards
  • 30 Ravager cards
  • 8 discs
  • 40 resources
  • 30 Damage / Debris cubes
  • 1 First Player
  • 12 cards for Hal in the solitaire variant
  • 4 player aids
  • Rulebook

Note: The robots are limited to those included. However, ships, resources, and Damage/Debris cubes are unlimited; if you run out of them, find a suitable substitute …

Once you are familiar with the rules of Black Angel, you can integrate the advanced rules for a more complete gameplay experience. The rules are identical to the basic game, except for the following:

Technology Tiles

You will use both sides of the Technology tiles:

  • The standard side, which bears a icon in the upper-left corner.

  • The boost side, which bears a white upper border.

During setup, as well as when new Technology tiles appear, these tiles must always be placed boost side up. …

Just as in a multiplayer game, you are trying to be the AI with the most VP at the end of the game. In this variant, Hal will be your formidable virtual adversary, and will do everything he can to get ahead of you! You can play this variant with or without the advanced rules.


The setup is identical to the setup for a multiplayer game (see pages 4 - 5) with the following clarifications:

  • Step 2: Place 4 dice of each color in each of the supply areas of the Black Angel.
  • Step 3: Place only 5 strips to construct the Space board.
  • Step 8: Remove 12 Ravager cards from the Ravager deck.

After having performed steps 9 - 14, choose a different color from yours for Hal, and proceed as follows: …

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