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In Ad Astra ("To the Stars"), you will guide one of the five factions of future humanity in its exploration of the galaxy.Wield Powerful technology; reshape newly discovered planets to give a new home to man; and explore the mysterious relics of a long-lost alien civilization... Who will be able to create the greatest star-spanning civilization?
|By||Oridyne||From||Staffs in United Kingdom|
This game kind of snuck up under the radar but when I read about it my interest was peaked.
Components: These are of a very good quality and the artwork is superb.
The shame is that the colours could have been more distinctive on the cards and score tokens. The other let down is the movement cards which use icons to represent the various Suns which are replicated on the Sun tokens. The problem is that you end up looking at the Picture of the sun not the small icon on the edge which causes a little confusion in the game.
Each player colour has a different pairing of resources on each production card which means you need to plan carefully what resources planets you build on. Each player also has a different pair of systems on each movement card and has all but 2 of the systems represented on the 3 cards. This means that for the other systems you will be reliant on other players movement cards.
The rules are not that complicated and can be explained quite quickly, but there is depth here and further plays of the game will reveal different strategies to win with the ability to play with a different colour set adding to the games longevity.
Also, as a Douglas Adams fan, the Alien Artifact Card: �Omnibus Rebus Responsum (Answer to Everything) where you win at the end of the game if you score exactly 42 points is just perfect :)
I would recommend this game, with the caveat that it will take at least one game to get to grips with how all the elements tie together so that your second game you will be much better placed to use subtle strategies needed to play it well.
I will be playing this one a lot.
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