I got Pulsar 2849 to the table 3 times this weekend. I came in last all three times and am still really loving this game. Hopefully if I finally figure out how to do well, I’ll still dig it.
It’s hard to sell it as exciting… The box looks like you’re getting into a crazy space 4X but the actual theme is more “Space Factories: Make Money Not War”. (Which, frankly, is good for me. I couldn’t care less about space 4Xs.)
It plays a bit like Troyes mixed with Russian Railroads. It’s a dice drafting game with tons of setup variability and a really fascinating dice drafting system, sort of like Troyes. And most of your actions will set you on a path that scores points every turn for the rest of the game, sort of like Russian Railroads.
If you’re in the market for a Euro where every action you take makes you feel like a badass space-points-lord, this one is worth seeking out.