The High Frontier
I know nothing about this game, but check out this genius work of map-making from the upcoming game High Frontier.
The challenge of a map-maker it to represent information in a single graphic that people can use. Just looking at the board I see a huge variety of types of information that I've never seen put into one image before. And it's a usable game board! I'm in awe!
High Frontier is a hard-science board game of near-future exploitation and exploration of the solar system. Players must develop technology, plan missions, and establish bases on other planetary bodies. The planetary exploration geek in me is thrilled. At a glance I can see that there are different orbital paths to exploit, including longer flyby paths that take longer, or shorter, more direct routes that use more fuel. I can see the hazards I have to plot, including radiation belts and atmospheric insertion. I see that I'm going to need water, and various comets, asteroids, and planets are potential sources.
A game like this could only be a labor of love.