One False Step for Mankind
is a board game
designed by James Ernest
and published by Cheapass Games
. Players play the role of town mayors
, seeking to become governor
in 1849 (during the California Gold Rush
). Through gold mining
, claim-jumping, trading
, building cities, and constructing rockets
to fly to the moon
, players vie for money and influence in order to become governor.
The first player to reach 30 points of influence is deemed to have become governor and wins the game.
According to the game rules "It's one false step for Mankind, one giant leap for you." This is a clear play on astronaut Neil Armstrong's first spoken words on the surface of the moon in 1969.