The Surveyor cards are a high quality set of cards intended to help speed the game's initial setup. They are not required to play but they sure are cool! There are 52 cards - six planetary survey findings with "true" on one side and "false" on the other, six colonial record cards that are similar, 20 planets with individual descriptions and elements (some authored by you!) and 20 colonies with the same array of descriptions and elements. In play, you'll set the 12 planet/colony cards out and take turns flipping "true" to "false" until your choices reveal themselves. Then you'll grab the appropriate planet and colony card and you're good to go.
The Surveyor cards are intended to be a backer-only exclusive, and we don't plan to print enough to make them generally available through retailers.