WizKids is publishing a new sci-fi game of trade and negotiation called Sidereal Confluence:  Trading and Negotiation in the Elysian Quadrant, releasing in August.

Sidereal Confluence is a game of negotiation and trade in the far future.  Each player leads an alien race competing to create the most successful and advanced society.  But rather than competing through war and conquest, they must negotiate with one another to gather the resources that they cannot produce themselves.  Resources are then used to acquire new colonies, starships, or, most importantly, new technologies.  Continuing the spirit of cooperation inherent in the game, new technologies are shared with all players, but the discoverer receives the victory points, which are the key to winning the game.

Gameplay is based on simultaneous play, with an open trading phase where players make deals, which can include almost anything, and spend resources.  This is followed by a Convocation, where new discoveries are revealed and shared.

Sidereal Confluence includes 390 cards, 292 wooden pieces, 9 player sheets with playing tips for the races, and game tokens.  The game is designed for 4 to 9 players, ages 14 and up, and takes about 2 hours to play.  MSRP is $64.99.

Sidereal Confluence joins WizKids’ heavy summer board game release schedule, with three titles releasing in June (see “Solve Mysteries in WizKids’ ‘Deadline’”, “WizKids Offers ‘Dicebot Megafun’”) and “Humans and Orcs Battle in Real-Time on Tabletop”).