David J. Mortimer
As requested, below you will find my 2 player rules. Please note the game is under consideration by a publisher and these are pre-publication rules and so design & components may vary if published.
You will require the same components as for the 3 player game
2 player rules:
The rules are the same as the 3 player game with the following exceptions:
After placing the 9 sector cards randomly select one of the 4 edges of 3 cards and remove these 3 cards from the game. You will now have a 3x2 grid.
Using the spare set of ship tokens place 1 ship on each level 2 planet and then place 2 ships on Tri-Prime. These will serve as neutral defenders and can be exterminated as normal. When exterminating a neutral defender it is just removed from the game. You can not gain control of a planet until the neutral defenders are eliminated.
When both players have revealed the commands as per the normal rules use the "1" or "2" commanders picked level depending on whether it has been picked on its own or at the same time as the opponent. The "3" commanders level is not used in the 2 player game.
Number of rounds
The 2 player game is played over 10 rounds instead of 9. The game still ends the round an opponent is eliminated if this is before round 10.
And that is it. Hope you enjoy giving these 2 player rules a go.
Any questions feel free to ask.