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White Wizard Games Star Realms Deckbuilding Game
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- Fun - Amazingly rich yet easy to learn game play
- Portable - The whole game comes in a deck-box that can fit in your jacket pocket
- Expandable - One copy supports 2 players Add additional copies for multi-player games of up to 6 players
- Beautiful - Rich full color artwork brings this science fiction universe to life
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You've start with 50 green points. In this game green points are called "authority" and in similar games they're called "health" or "victory points". The first player to lose all their green points loses.
You have cards, some of which give you more green points (sort of like healing), some give you red points, some give you yellow points, some cards give you a combination of points. Red points are used to hurt your opponent. Every one red point you get makes your opponent lose one green point (damage reducing health). Yellow points are basically the money you use to buy more cards. You start with very basic cards and over the game you try to buy better cards.
The cards work together in interesting ways. The fun of the game is in deciding what cards to buy based on what's available on your turn and what you've bought on previous turns and what your opponent has been buying.
If you like deckbuilders then the above probably makes sense to you and you should buy this. If you like collectable card games and have never tried a deckbuilder then you will likely figure the game out very quickly you should buy this for something new. If you like games at all then you should buy this and discover a whole new kind of game. If you discover that you like Star Realms then there are a number of other, more complicated deckbuilding games that might also enjoy and now you have a new genre to explore.
Or it was. Until Star Realms.
This game is everything we look for in card games. Easy to learn. Varied in its strategy. It plays quick and set up and tear down times are all but nonexistent. And every game is different.
Most importantly of all, however - this game changes up the deckbuilding formula. Unlike so many "multiplayer solitaire" type games - Dominion, Ascension, etc - Star Reals is built around interaction between players. There are no vicoty points. No collecting things in order to win.
Rather, Star Realms sees each player building a fleet of ships and space stations. And each turn, a player attacks the opponent. The first player to reduce their opponent's Authority (health) to Zero wins. Sounds simple enough, and at first blush it is pretty straightforward.
But contained within the common deck are four factions: The Blob are an aggressive species who specialize in rushing. Alone their ships are weak; in groups they are extremely powerful. Collecting numerous Blob ships early can end a game fast. The Empire ships are varied in size and power level - and they like to mess with the opponent's hand, often forcing discards. The Federation will draw their controller cards while also restoring authority. And the Machine race will allow players to purge cards from their deck.Read more ›
It's clear though that a big point of Star Realms is to crank up the attack options. And the differences between Star Realms and Dominion seem crafted for that purpose. And it does do that well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I first bought the iPhone app version of this game, which I feel in love with--so, I figured I might as well buy the physical version. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Matthew M. Finnesgard
We are late to the game, it's so much fun. You can play just about any strategy you like and win, or get annihilated; no biggie, just play again.Published 15 days ago by Zuntite
Really cool game. Instructions are a bit hard to follow if you have never played. I found it very helpful to download the Game App to better learn the game mechanics.Published 17 days ago by DiscriminatingBabyMomma
Great deck building game. Easy to learn and fun to play. Small enough to be a great travel game. About the size of two decks of cardsPublished 22 days ago by Matthew Steigely
Fun for about a week, then in hour long sessions seasonally. Not an every day kind of game.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Star Realms is great for the game lover who enjoys thinking games but it also attracts those who enjoy mindless game as it does not require a lot of intense thinking either. Read morePublished 28 days ago by J Mccardell
Great quality. Great game. Bought this game for my brother who is a big board game guy. After playing it a couple time he pronounced it his new favorite game. Read morePublished 29 days ago by John Sharrock