After a devastating war, peace is declared among all the major races of the galaxy and an Alliance is created to face mutual threats. One of the first decisions of the Alliance is to build immense space stations all along the galaxy in order to promote trade among the allies, strengthen diplomatic relations and help keep the newly established peace.
Each player takes the role of one of those races, trying to build the best space station.
Among the Stars was published in 2012 and released in the same year at the Spiel exhibition in Essen, Germany. The game was designed by Vangelis Bagiartakis and was very well received by the board game community.
Players use a card drafting mechanism, select location cards, place them on their station, and score victory points according to where in the station they place them. Construction lasts 4 rounds and the player with the most points in the end wins the game.
The rules can be taught in less than 5 minutes and each game lasts approximately 30 minutes.
The game is great for both new and experienced players, and offers elements that can increase complexity and allow different levels of strategy.
To download the English rules of Among the Stars, click here.
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The Among the Stars promos are also separately available for purchase for those only pledging for the Ambassadors expansion. Please see the Extras section.
8 years later, the memories of the purge which brought about the end to the war are still fresh. There is still fear and distrust among the members of the Alliance, and the construction of the stations has proven to be more challenging than expected. The purpose of the alliance is questioned and immediate action is required.
Ambassadors from each race are dispatched to every corner of the galaxy to assist in the construction of the stations.
Vangelis Bagiartakis is now joining forces with Panagiotis Zinoviadis to deliver an expansion that takes Among the Stars to a whole new level.
New Location Cards
The expansion includes 15 new Main locations. Players can now use the new main set or mix it with the one from the main game and create various setups. 15 new Special location cards increase variety and replayability by introducing new options.
Ambassador & Bureau Cards
The expansion also includes 48 Ambassador cards. There are 4 ambassadors from each race. 24 of these are used on the 1st and 2nd round of the game, while the remaining 24 are used on the 3rd and 4th round. Each ambassador offers a different bonus or ability. There are also 20 Bureau cards. During game setup, each player draws 5 Bureau cards (one of each location type).
Before the first round, the Ambassador deck is shuffled and 3 Ambassador cards are placed face-up in the middle of the table. Apart from the 3 standard actions (build, discard for credits, build power reactor) players now have a 4th available action called “Invite Ambassador”.
When the "Invite Ambassador" action is taken, the player discards their chosen card for that turn and instead selects one of the available Ambassador cards. The player pays the indicated cost (if any) and the Ambassador card is then placed in front of the player.
If the Ambassador is to be placed in a Bureau, the player must then choose one of the Bureau cards and place it in the station. Each Bureau is of a certain location type and is treated as a card of that type.
A new Ambassador card is then revealed and the game continues. Whenever two or more players wish to invite an Ambassador to their station, the player with the highest score chooses first. A player may not invite an Ambassador of the same race as the player's.
Our main goal is to gather the funds that will allow us to produce this expansion. You can support us by ordering it or by spreading the word about this campaign on forums and social networks.
Options A/B: Due to popular demand, we have decided to offer a version of the expansion without the box, for those who wish to store it inside the base game.
To those who decide not to take the box, we offer 2 packs of sleeves, enough for the expansion.
Following the end of the campaign there will be the usual backer survey. Each backer will then tell us which option they would like (Option A: with box / Option B: without box).
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Ambassadors A + sleeves for the expansion + Drum Roll, in Essen: 22 + 6 + 50 = $78
Among the Stars & Ambassadors B + sleeves for the base game, to an EU country: 66 + 6 = $72
Among the Stars & Ambassadors B + Briefcase + Briefcase sleeves, to the USA: 76 + 45 + 11 = $132
Ambassadors B + Drum Roll, to Brazil: 26 + 6 + 50 + 10 = $92
The game features the artwork of Antonis Papantoniou, illustrator of Drum Roll, Briefcase and Archon: Glory & Machination.
Among the Stars: The Ambassadors is scheduled for production in August 2013 at Germany's largest game manufacturer, ensuring high quality materials. The expansion will be released at the Spiel 2013 fair in Essen, Germany this October.
Please note that the published product may have differences regarding sizes, quantities or layout because of production limitations and adjustments.
Backers should start receiving the games in October-November 2013. Shipping will be done from the national post of either Greece or Germany.
Risks and challenges
Please understand that unexpected delays by factors out of our control can always occur. Component shortages, manufacturer error, weather conditions and customs delays are only a few of the reasons that might cause delivery to be delayed. We will do everything in our power to ensure that the games get delivered on time, but there is always a chance of unexpected delays. Please back this project only after taking this information into account.
Should you have any comments or questions, feel free to contact us at email@example.com or visit our website at www.artipiagames.com.
Regarding the previously launched and funded Gear & Piston campaign by LudiCreations, the game is about to be ordered by the printers, and will not affect the performance of the Among the Stars: The Ambassadors campaign in any way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Gear & Piston is a game by LudiCreations, recently funded on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ludicreations/gear-and-piston-board-game
It is available as an extra to those The Ambassadors backers that will be attending the Spiel 2013 fair in Essen, Germany.
You may try the game at Board Game Arena:
These extras will either be included in the shipment of the base pledge reward chosen, or will be available at Essen 2013, for those backers picking up their copies of The Ambassadors there.
Please contact Artipia Games at firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of what you are missing, you will receive a price for just the ones you need.
If the miniature sets have a 6-miniature minimum, how come I can get the two 5/6 player miniatures separately?
This is a separate option available for the owners of the original miniatures, who might want only those two miniatures. It costs $5 and includes just the two remaining colors.
Upon request, these can be color-blind friendly versions (black & white).
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