So I discovered this gem a couple of months ago.
Sure, is it fun!
Fun means fun. But also means brutally challenging.
Only took 14 sessions to beat it solo.
Playlist Side A
Damn pirates and Homeworld riots
Playlist side B
The first game was ominous enough. Turn five. No upkeep available. Two challenges unmet. BAM! Civilisation collapses.
There are a few rules I did miss out a few times.
*I advanced the era every playthrough, not only after victories.
*I probably used the alternative track boosting BATTLE phase option when it should have been unavailable due to adjacent rivals.
*I may have forgottten to seed named sectors with rival neutrals at the start of the game.
Part of what led to the toughness was a number of non-track boosting advances on the original seed of planets. A lot of Military (Battle twice) and FTL drives (Expand an extra hex away). It also wasn't until about 10 sessions in when I worked out how to actually get on the pathway to victory.
In the end the Vermicillia from planet PHO KO VIL in sector #36 achieved a Might Victory. To top it off they built an explorer's monument as well.
Vermicelli Civ CARD
Eco-exploration Empire: We will conquer your planet and then look after it
Some stats after 24 plays:
*4 wins (1 monument)
Deck size: 66 cards
BIRD (foot) 10
BLANK (suit and value only) 9
PLNETS 26 (1) 12 (2) 4 (3) 10
TECH 27 (1) 8 (2) 5 (3) 14
After a total of 32 plays the map looks something like that.
And here's a couple more photos showing me playing a different map with some people at my gaming group. The first game of this saw neutrals over run the board. I was destroyed at least 5 or 6 times until another player claimed victory.
ONe thing I find interesting at the club is seeing how others interpret copying the suit symbols.
(For those of your wondering - the small plastic cubes come from Spheres of Influence: Struggle for Global Supremacy. They're pretty much perfect for this.
Yes, I've missed some rules along the way also. We're growing and learning alongside our civilizations.
I like the way you've color-coded your cards. Mine are bland pencil on paper.
Colour-coding helped me in the start. I gave up maybe around game 30.