The future is here! Build the foundations of the Future Ages of Exploration in Culture, Science, Trade and Military while forming the Organizations that will rule Mankind.
Space Marvels 6 Express (SM6e) is a PnP Express tile laying game for 2 to 5 players in the vein of 7 Wonders playable in 15-20 minutes.
Players begin by each choosing a different Marvel Board, divided into 3 different sections, or Ages of exploration. Each board gives the player an initial resource. Players are also given 3 credits to start the game.
Players are then dealt a hand of tiles (8 tiles 2-3 players, 6 tiles for 4-5 players) and may do one of three things during each phase of a round:
a. Play a tile if they can pay the cost in resources, gaining future benefits, resources, and other bonuses
b. Use the tile face down + pay resources to build a section of their Marvel (thereby gaining bonus abilities)
c. Discard the tile for 3 credits
Players may play their tiles simultaneously and may buy resources from neighboring players at a cost of 2 credits.
After each player has played a tile, all players pass their remaining tiles to the player next to them.
The rounds end when all tiles dealt have been played. A VP scoring round them occurs comparing Military strengths of each player. VP is awarded and a new round begins with the next set of tiles.
After 3 rounds of play, groups of tiles are scored for VP based upon Organizations built as well as credits earned and final Military strengths of each player.
Player with the most VP is the winner.
For the 2 player game, a dummy hand of tiles is dealt and players use that dummy hand as part of the hand passing portion of the game.
Winner - 2013 In-A-Tin/Express Contest - Best Pre-Contest Game