Game title: Star Realms
Designer: Darwin Kastle
Manufacturer: White Wizard Games
I bought Star Realms on a visit to Ecclectic Games in Reading, UK. As you would expect the staff in the shop are keen gamers and very knowledgeable. After discussing my game collection and mine and Amy’s current love for Dominion, we looked at some 2-player deck-builders and narrowed it down to Star Realms and Ascension. Give the different price point of the two games (around £13 and £25 respectively) and Amy’s love of all things space, I opted for Star Realms. The current ranking on Board Game Geek didn’t hurt either, at #54.
Star Realms is a spaceship combat deck-building game. Each player starts with the same deck of 10 basic cards, which have a total value of 8 Trade and 2 Combat. Trade allows a player to buy Ships or Bases from the trade row on their turn, whilst Combat deals damage to an opponent’s Authority or destroys their Bases if this can be achieved in one hit.