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2014
# of Players
2
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Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2+ players
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12 and up
Playing Time
20 minutes
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8+
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Star Realms
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Star Realms is a spaceship combat deck-building game by Magic Hall of Famers Darwin Kastle (Battle for Hill 218) and Rob Dougherty (Ascension Co-designer).

Star Realms is a fast paced deck-building card game of outer space combat. It combines the fun of a deck-building game with the interactivity of Trading Card Game style combat. As you play, you make use of Trade to acquire new Ships and Bases from the cards being turned face up in the Trade Row from the Trade Deck. You use the Ships and Bases you acquire to either generate more Trade or to generate Combat to attack your opponent and their bases. When you reduce your opponent’s score (called Authority) to zero, you win!

With multiple decks of Star Realms, one for each two people, you can play scenarios that allow for up to six players.

Factions

Each of the cards in the 80 card Trade Deck is a Ship or a Base belonging to one of four factions: The Trade Federation, The Blobs, The Star Empire or The Machine Cult.

Trade Federation

In the far future, the more traditional governing bodies of the human race have been replaced with corporate leadership. The earth and its surrounding colonies are ruled by a group of corporations called the Trade Federation. The Federation’s policies are focused around trade and growth, but especially in profit and prosperity for those at the top of the corporate ladder. While they prefer to deal with other star realms using trade and diplomacy, they have a large defense branch dedicated to protecting the Federation’s trade and other interests.

The Blobs

These mysterious creatures are the first alien life forms encountered by the human race. Most of the initial encounters consisted of human colonies being completely obliterated. On the few occasions that a Blob ship has been recovered somewhat intact, the only biological remains found inside have consisted of a gelatinous mass, thus leading to the moniker, “The Blobs”. While for several years all encounters between humanity and the Blobs have been extremely violent, there is currently some limited trade between various Blob factions and some of the more daring human traders.The Blobs are best at generating massive amounts of Combat and at removing undesirable cards from the Trade Row.

Star Empire

The Star Empire consists primarily of former colonies of the Trade Federation. These colonies were on the outer edges of the Federation. Not only did they feel used by the corporations, but they felt the Federation failed to give them adequate protection from the Blobs. As a result, one ambitious colonial governor was able to unite several colonies into an independent empire under his control, one with a strong military, both for warding off the Blobs and for discouraging the Federation from trying to reclaim their lost colonies. The Star Empire is a combat oriented faction that draws lots of cards and makes the opponent discard cards.

Machine Cult

A cluster of industrial mining worlds were completely cut off from the Trade Federation by the Blobs. With the threat of annihilation by the Blobs always looming and no contact with the rest of human space, these worlds were forced to take drastic measures. Soon a cult of technology arose, focused on using advanced technology, robotics and computerization to create strong defenses and a powerful military that belied their relatively small population. Since their leaders believed their salvation lay in technology, technology soon became their god and their religion. The Machine Cult gains most of its power from being able to remove undesirable cards from your deck and from having a large number of Bases designed to defend your Authority from attack.

Playing Star Realms

​When you play Star Realms, you will be able to acquire and use Ships and Bases of any and all of the four factions. Many cards have powerful Ally abilities that reward you for using Ships and Bases of the same faction together, however.

As you acquire cards using Trade, you put them into your discard pile, to be later shuffled into your personal deck. When you draw Ships, you do what they say and they get placed into your discard pile at the end of your turn. When you draw a Base, you play it face up in front of you and may use its abilities once every turn. In addition to Combat being the way you reduce your opponent’s Authority to zero and win the game, it’s also useful for destroying your opponent’s Bases. Some Bases are designated as Outposts. Your opponent’s Outposts must be destroyed before you can use Combat to attack your opponent’s Authority directly.

Star Realms is easy to learn, especially if you’re familiar with deck-building games, but it’s a game that takes time to master. Each time you play, the game is filled with various strategic decision points. Should I take the best card for me or the best card for my opponent? Should I focus on taking cards of a particular faction or on taking the best card available? Should I be focusing on acquiring more Trade or more Combat? Should I attack my opponent’s Base or their Authority? These are just some of the many choices you’ll be faced with. New players needn’t agonize over these choices just to play, but as they become more advanced players, they will find this depth of strategy leads to great replayability.

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Star Realms has standard 63x88 mm cards.

Contents

  • 80 Trade Deck Cards
  • 16 Scout Cards
  • 10 Explorer Cards
  • 4 Viper Cards
  • 12 1/5 Authority Cards
  • 6 10/20 Authority Cards
  • 1 Rules Sheet

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French first edition
Publisher: IELLO
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Year: 2016
Product Code: 51258
Size: 3.74 x 2.68 x 1.81 inches
0.56 pounds
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Release Date: Jan 15, 2016
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Publisher: Devir
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Release Date: Oct 24, 2015
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4 Star Realms Trade Decks Analysis
This spreadsheet includes all cards that can be acquired by players from the different Star Realms trade decks. The first worksheet includes all decks and can be filtered as desired. The subsequent worksheets are broken out by game or expansion. Each worksheet includes its own table for easy filtering. Included in each table is a summary row that identifies the quantity of cards as well as their value averages. Averages are set to take into account visible quantities including any filtering. The first worksheet can show the effects of how the different additions to the trade deck affect the entirety, while individual worksheets can be compared with each other.
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2016-02-05
9 Authority Counter Card
Here is my Custom Authority Counter Card. It Can be stored in the original box. Its templates, fonts and Background picture are similary as the original cards. Also, you can use i.e. zombicide cursors to match your score. English and French version in the zip file. Contact me if you want this one in another language.
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2 Crowded Cosmos - One Deck Star Realms for 3 or 4
These rules allow 3 or 4 players to play Star Realms with one deck by altering the initial setup.
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2015-12-28
5 Death or Glory - Going Solo in Star Realms
These revised rules deal with a few glitches in the AI I discovered when playtesting. I still can't beat Drax.
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2015-12-28
12 Star Realms authority counter
print and cut - assembly instruction inside
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2015-12-10
4 Star Realms Probability Calculator
Have you ever been playing Star Realms and wondered, "I have 2 cutters in my deck of 10 cards. What are the chances I draw both of them on my next turn?" Now you have a calculator to help you figure out some of this tricky math!
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2015-11-09
7 Elo Ratings for BGG Star Realms League
Elo ratings for Season 13 in BGG Star Realms League.
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2015-11-09
10 Star Realms FAQ Version1
Version 2 of Star Realms FAQ (card game, 2 player-version, no expansion)
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2015-10-21
14 Simple Authority Track Sheet
Simple Authority track sheet. Can be printed in a regular printer on a regular paper. Simple to use with a wooden disk or cube.
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2015-08-11
9 Playmat for Star Realms - 24" x 14" (300dpi)
This is my take on a play mat for Star Realms. It has a 5mm bleed around the edge. It contains a space for Challenges.
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