Rating: 7.4 Good
Popularity:17
Difficulty:Easy
Year:2012
Players: 2-4 players
Playing time: 30 minutes
Age:12+

Official Site: Game page (English) - Artipia Games


Created by: Vangelis Bagiartakis, Antonis Papantoniou, Odysseas Stamoglou

Published by: Artipia Games, Portal Games, Schwerkraft-Verlag

Alternate Names: Pośród Gwiazd

Description:

Among the Stars takes place in a war-ravaged galaxy where the warring alien races have declared peace in the wake of a threat with the potential to destroy them all.

An Alliance is established to build space stations throughout the galaxy in order to promote trade among the races, strengthen diplomatic relations, and defend against this impending threat.

Each player takes the role of one of those races trying to build the greatest space station.

Through card drafting, the players select locations, and use these to build their station, scoring victory points based on the placement. The construction lasts four years, and the alien race with the most points at the end wins.

Prices:
Retail Price:$57
Amazon:$42
Ebay:$89
Expansions:
Among the Stars: Ambassadorial Shuttle
Among the Stars: Expanding the Alliance
Among the Stars: Hythian
Among the Stars: Indiegogo Promos
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Awards:
Origins Awards Best Card Game Nominee 2015

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After a devastating war, peace is declared among all the major races of the galaxy, creating the Alliance. The first initiative announced by the Alliance is the creation of space stations throughout the galaxy to promote trade among the races, strengthen diplomatic relations, and help keep the newly-established peace.

In Among the Stars, the players are leaders of various races each trying to build a space station for the Alliance. Who will build the most efficient station in time?

In Among the Stars, each player takes on the role of an alien race trying to build a space station for the newly-formed intergalactic Alliance. They accomplish this goal by drafting Location Cards to be placed in their play area in the best possible way. The player with the most efficient space station after 4 years is the winner! …



A galaxy divided. War, chaos, and destruction found in every corner.

No being, no race, no planet could escape the vortex of annihilation pushing all life forms towards obliteration. Remnants of a glorious past were fading away, as the end drew near...

100 years ago, the Qualeen decided that the Galaxy should be unified under one rule to serve the purposes of Oneness. Thus, the Order of Qual was created.

The human race and the Minireen homeworlds, located nearest to the Qualeen, were quickly conquered. On the other side of the galaxy, a new coalition was formed between the Sheptas and the Sisssaurians. …



In order for 2 players to play the game, they follow the same setup rules as the 4-player game. The 2 players sit opposite each other, and 2 more "virtual" players sit between them, one on each side.

These 2 virtual players do not choose a race, do not place a Main Reactor, do not receive any credits, and do not place a Player Marker on the Score Board. Also, since only 2 actual players are playing, only 2 Objective Cards are drawn.

At the beginning of every year, both players draw a hand of 6 cards. For each of the virtual players, also draw 6 cards (without looking at them) and place them on a pile where the player is supposed to be on the table. …



These are a couple of variants that we have thought of which you can try in your games.

All-in Variant

Instead of the normal setup, take all the Location Cards (both basic and special) and shuffle them together. This will be the Location Deck from which you will draw.

Take the bottom 20 cards from that Deck (without looking at them) and set them aside. These will play the role of the unused Special Locations.

This speeds up the setup process, but it makes the game less predictable since nobody will know how many copies of each Basic Location Card will appear. …




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