You guys know Raistlin right? You do? Yeah I thought you did, how could you not? (But if you don’t, here is the link to his blog. Raistlin).
Last weekend we had a gaming day, I have to say day because we started around noon and stopped playing around 10 p.m.
Raistlin is a friend and colleague my boyfriend and every now and then we play boardgames together. Sometimes with another colleague and friend.
This Saturday, Raistlin brought the game Star Realms with him. A game I did not know. It turned out to be pretty great so get ready to read a review about this fast paced deck building game. Spoiler alert…I won.
As I mention Star Realms is a deck building game. It starts with a core set which you can expand with more sets and expansions, giving you the opportunity to play from 2 to max. 6 players.
The game is set in outer space (hence Star Realm). The object of the game is to destroy tour opponents.
Everyone has 50 points and once you bring this down to zero, you win the game. (Side note: I won).
You play the game on a mat which contains 7 squares. One for the scrap deck (where destroyed cards go), the trade deck (where the cards you can purchase are) and 5 squares where you place cards from the trade deck in order for you to purchase.
The game has 4 factions with their own respective colours:
- The Trade Federation (blue)
- The Blob (green)
- The Star Empire (yellow)
- The Machine Cult (red)
Each faction has their own pros and cons but collecting a certain amount of one type is the key to beat your opponents quickly and with heavy blows (I won).
The cards have various icons, the yellow circles with numbers in the upper right corner means the price ro purchase them.
The red circles with a number represent the attack damage you can do to an opponent.
The shields in the lower right corner represent protection. If it’s a black shield it means you have to destroy that card before you can do damage to your opponent. The grey shield means you can avoid destroying the card and hit your opponent directly. But this can be tricky as that card might be very powerful and actually gives the opponent bonuses for either attacking or purchasing.
The estimated game time for this game is 20 minutes. It took us about 2 hours to finish. We were all very polite and made sure we were equally losing points instead of destroying each other with a few blows.
None the less this game was amazing. Easy to play and so much fun. Definitely a recommend if you like to play board games or deck building games.
Also…did I mention that I won the game?
9/10 stars for Star Realms.