This is a big surprise and I'm a little blown away. Mike C, a fan of SPQF, put together a version of the game that you can play on Tabletop Simulator.
Tabletop Simulator is a program you can buy via Steam on your PC for $19.99 (or you can get a great deal on a four pack). While it isn't a "digital version" of the game, as in, it won't enforce the rules like Star Realms on your iPhone will, it is basically a digital PNP, but you don't have to cut out the PNP!
Here is how to do it:
1. Login to Steam. You'll need an account. Also, if you don't have a Steam account, how are you alive?
2. Purchase Tabletop Simulator. There are a ton of other games on there, so once you have it, you can play a lot of stuff.
3. Go to your Library, click on Tabletop Simulator in Detail View, then scroll down to the Workshop. Click "Browse the Workshop."
4. In there, search for SPQF. Once you find it, click the big green Subscribe button. This gets it for you, but also will automatically update if any changes are made.
5. Launch Tabletop Simulator
Here is how to Launch or Join a Game
1. With Tabletop Simulator open, click the big green Create button.
2. Select Multiplayer
3. Choose a name and a password, or no password if you want anyone to join.
4. Set Max players to 4, or fewer, if you want to play at 2 or 3 players.
5. Click Create Server
6. On the blue Workshop row, select SPQF as your chosen game. When prompted, choose Load.
These instructions will be good if you created a server for your friends, or wish to join your friend's server.
1. Click the big red Join button.
2. Search for the game. Or...
3. If you have your friends on Steam (you should), check the "Friends Only" button at the bottom. That'll get there fastest.
Once you're in a game of SPQF
Very Important: You must know the rules to know how to play. The printed rules and How to Play video are in the Files and Video section of the SPQF BGG page. The rules are also printed "in the game," but that may be a tedious place to read them.
ALSO: I highly suggest you use Skype, Discord, or something, to chat with your friends. It'll be a lot more fun and you can announce your plays to make it easier to follow and interact.
1. Choose a player color. Just click the one you want.
2. Move the camera around with WASD and scroll wheel. Use the arrow keys to rotate the camera, or click and hold the right mouse button.
3. Choose a first player. Give them the token as a reference. That person should click and drag it (basically your digital hand) near your board. Once you have it where you want, while hovering, tap L. This is the command for lock. You'll no longer be able to drag the token around, which is useful. You can Unlock by hovering the cursor over it and tapping L again.
4. You can zoom in and read cards, or the rules, by hovering the cursor and holding Alt. It'll zoom in. If you want to do a private look, aka look privately at your face down card, hold Shift + Alt.
5. There are little bags of black and green cubes on the sides of the board. Pull from here when you gather resources.
6. Each player has a little VP counter on their tableau. Just increment it as you score points.
7. You have a little black slot for your deck on the left and your discard on the right.
1. Hover the mouse over the stack of Monument cards and hit F. This will flip the facing. Hit F to flip it the other way, obviously.
2. Right click on it and select Shuffle.
3. Right click and select Deal to all seated players.
4. The Monument will be dealt to your "hand." You'll see it face up in front of you, but your opponents cannot see it. Hit F on it, to flip it down, drag it to the side, and set it down. Remember to hold Shift + Alt for a private peek if you forget. Just reveal it at the end when counting final score.
5. Everyone already has their five starter cards, but you need to give each player five random Civ cards from the deck. (Once you know the game you can draft, but let's start here).
5a. While hovering over the civ deck, lock it in place by hitting L. There will be a lot of commotion over this deck while playing, best to "lock it down."
5b. Right click the deck, hit Shuffle.
5c. One at a time, each player right clicks, then clicks Draw five times.
5d. Once you have your cards, click F while holding each one, then drag and drop each card to your deck on the left.
5e. Right click your deck, hit shuffle.
5f. Right click your deck, hit Draw 5 times to get your starting hand.
Mike did something cool to help you store cards. It basically automatically snaps a card you wish to store beneath your tableau and fans them.
1. Zoom in on the "rule boards." Click the red button in the top left. This enables snapping.
2. Drag the card you wish to store onto your tableau. Be sure to hit F, so it's face up.
3. Watch the card snap tidily beneath your tableau. Neat!
4. Turn off snapping by clicking the now green button on the rule board. It'll toggle off and return to red.
These cards are locked. If you screw up and accidentally store the wrong card, while hovering over the card, tap L to unlock it. Then drag the card out.
Whenever someone recruits a card, they click and drag it to their discard pile. Click and drag a new card off the Civ deck, if you obtained the card from there, to fill the Trade Row back out.
If you have a stack of cards that aren't "snapping" into a deck, click and drag the cards and tap G to "gather" them together.
When you need to shuffle your discard, it's easy. Hold the mouse over the stack, don't swipe, and left click to select it. Hit F to flip it face down. Drag the stack from your discard to your draw pile. Right click and select shuffle.
It's pretty simple once you get the hang of it. Again, incredibly cool from Mike. Just amazing community stuff.
If you've got any questions or requests for the mod, please let me know and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!
P.S. A few other tips for newcomers:
- Toggle your view of cards in your hand by pressing the H key
- Shuffle when hovering over a deck by pressing the R key
- Alternative flipping method: Hold the desired component and click your scroll wheel
- Pan your view of the table by clicking your scroll wheel and dragging
- Change the angle of your view by holding right click and dragging
Wow, rad news! Nice one, Mike! Even though I backed I'll definitely be checking this out.
Just want to note that I just checked the page and the author of this digital mod just patched the game to make it easier and better to play. He now supports draft mode, added card holders, slots for your trade row, a better rule book, and more. Really impressive.