Starcraft: The Board Game
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- Based on the popular computer game
- Featuring 180 plastic figures
- Age: 12+
- Number of Players: 2 - 6
- Playing Time: 3 - 4 hrs
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If you don't have an experienced player to guide you, plan on taking a whole day to learn this game. Once everyone knows the game, plan on 2-3 hours per game.
The game is of quality construction - almost all the Starcraft units are represented with plastic figures, along with cardboard punch-outs representing things like planets and buildings, and finally sets of cards that represent technology, random events, and unit combat power.
The basic board consists of laying down 2 planets per player, with a starting base on 1 planet. Planets are connected, but require a transport to move units between. Planets have areas on them, each area either has crystal, Vespene gas, or conquest points players struggle to control. You will build, move, research, and battle in order to achieve victory later in the game.
Though it takes time and a lot of reading, the rules are logical and consistent, so once you start understanding the phases of a turn and the subtleties of the rules, you begin to appreciate the amount of strategy available - just like in the computer game. You can try to rush, expand, build mass air, turtle up. A lot of the computer game concepts translate quite well into the board game.
Even the real-time nature of the game is modeled in the game. Players take turn laying down "order" tokens on planets. Nobody knows what each others orders are, but the orders on a planet stack up, and during the execution phase, the orders are revealed one at a time.Read more ›
It takes about two hours to learn by reading the book, and about 45 minutes to explain the rules properly to someone else. A game takes about 3 hours. I highly recommend it to any hardcore strategy gamer or Starcraft nut, but also to casual strategy gamers, if you don't mind feeling a little geeky moving little plastic figures around :) .
The only problem is the plastic figures, which are very detailed, are a little fragile (some of them came broken, or with parts missing). I would have liked them sturdier, even at the expense of some detail.
First, the rules themselves are simple enough. Plan and lay orders, execute orders, battle, regroup, loose/gain territory and resources. The complexity comes in the different options and the many ways the truck load of cardboard and plastic bits interact with the game. Half the rule book is explaining the purpose of each component, card and unit, rather than the actual intricacies of the rules.
So, how does it measure up to the PC game? Well first off, you can pretty much use the same unit tactics and technology as in the PC game. You can tech up to Carriers with increased Interceptor Capacity, or rush with a swarm of Zerglings. Most of the upgrades are there, and base and economic management are just as important as a good group of units. While abstracted, the game plays out much like the PC game in many respects.
The differences lay in two major mechanics. The order system, and the capture-and-hold Conquest Points win conditions. I believe the order mechanic does a really nice job in simulating player actions or "clicks" in the PC game. However, a good part of the games strategy lies in the placement of orders such as blocking orders, order timing, placement, and which orders you choose (you only get 4 a turn).
Second, the Conquest Point system turns the game into more of a capture and hold style of game, rather than a total, all out slug fest. This has some draw backs (such as the feeling of satisfaction as you completely destroy your opponent), but it also adds a bit more long term strategy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Game is Fantastic!! Too bad its out of print and its too expensive to get nowdays.Published 19 months ago by Azael O.
If you like starcraft if you dont like starcraft buy this board game it may seem a little complex but worth the money and timePublished on May 14, 2013 by Seth
For the actual game, game play is fun and very much like the PC game. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested. Read morePublished on August 27, 2012 by Joshua
1) Pieces will arrive broken. Pieces will break during the course of play.
2) The game is overpriced. I'd be happy with a $40 price tag. Read more
got it for my bf and he loved it....but no one will play with him because it takes an hour to set up and maybe 4 to play.
made well with tons and tons of pieces though
The bad parts: Several pieces arrived broken, but were easily fixable using some super glue. Also, organizing the pieces inside the box was a bit of a nightmare; I had to buy a few... Read morePublished on April 6, 2009 by Murillo Souza
This game was made specifically for the hardcore strategy board game player and for those familiar with Starcraft. Read morePublished on December 8, 2008 by Amazon Customer
Learning Curve: Very High
Setup Time: 30-45 minutes
Play Time: 2-5 hours
I had just got back from BlizzCon '08 and decided to make this... Read more