X-Pod Play Off
In 2004-2006 Lego released a line of sets called X-Pods. Each set was about 50-60 pieces, and came in a special plastic container called a pod. The first eight of these X-Pods could also be used to play a strategy boardgame, X-Pod Play Off.
Since then Lego has erased most of the information about the game and its set from their website. But the "advanced rules", including over a hundred unit models used for the game, were exclusively on their site and not in the manuals included with the sets. So I've mirrored the files here.1
Thanks to the other users on LEGO® Answers for helping me dig up these files.
The X-Pods were released in three groups of four sets. The first set used clear cases with lids matching the primary brick color.
- Robo Pod (4346), green with a robot theme.
- Auto Pod (4347), blue with a car theme.
- Aero Pod (4348), yellow with an airplane theme.
- Wild Pod (4349), red with an animal theme.
These four sets were collected into a single set, X-Pod Play Off Game Pack (65535), which also contained the basic rules. Some versions of that bundle came with another pod identical to Robo Pod but colored black.
The second set of X-Pods can also be used to play the game. These used transparent cases tinted the same color as the lids and the primary brick color.
- Dragon Pod (4337), green with a lizard theme.
- Monster Pod (4338), purple with a monster theme.
- Aqua Pod (4339), blue with an underwater theme.
- Arachno Pod (4413), red with a bug theme.
The final set of X-Pods are not used for the game. These used two different colors, one for the case and another for lids, matching the primary and secondary piece colors. This line included the all-new Dino Pod, but also three sets named Auto Pod (4415, red and orange), Robo Pod (4416, white and blue), and Aero Pod (4417, yellow and blue). These don't contain the same pieces as the previous sets with the same name and are usually seen branded under the Creator line. (The spirit of X-Pods also live on in the still-manufactured Star Wars Buildable Galaxy series.)
As of 2013, these sets aren't available in stores but can still be found on shopping and auction sites for reasonable prices.
The basic rules were available from Lego's website, and also came with the bundled package. In the basic game each pod is given a "starter kit" of eight fixed models and nine "X-Tra" cards, of which players choose three.
The advanced rules were only available from Lego's site. In the advanced game, players select up to ten models out of more than twenty possible for each set. There are also more X-Tra cards to choose from.
The colors (or amounts of some colors) in the models often don't match the colors found in the set, probably because the colors were changed after the game rules were written.
Lego also provided a different board background graphic for each set. These are not required to play; any 6x9 square grid will work. You can use plates or bricks to mark spaces with barriers.
Lego, if you're not happy about this, think about maintaining your sites better. Your URLs have lifespans measured in weeks. ↩