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. Now the game is getting a new print with brand new materials as stretch goals and new expansions!
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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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.
To download the English rules of Among the Stars: The Ambassadors, click here.
Among the Stars: The Promos takes all the promo cards and alien races generated by our previous AtS campaigns and combines them into one box. This means you need to own Among the Stars and Among the Stars: The Ambassadors to take full advantage of this expansions contents. Apart from many new locations and objectives Among the Stars: The Promos includes 3 alien races! Nyxtos, Debos and Ludons. This expansion also provides all the material needed to play the game with up to 6 players!
To download the English rules of Among the Stars: The Ambassadors, click here.
Our main goal is to gather the funds that will allow us to print Among the Stars along with brand new components and make widely available. You can support us by ordering it or by spreading the word about this campaign on forums and social networks.
Among the Stars features the artwork of Odysseas Stamoglou. Alien Bazaar and Command Centre cards have been illustrated Antonis Papantoniou. All the stretch rewards of this campaign have been illustrated by Antonis Papantoniou.
Among the Stars is scheduled for production in May-June 2014 at Germany's largest game manufacturer, ensuring high quality materials.
Stronghold Games will be co-publishing and distributing the game for Northern America making it widely available in the US and Canada. A German language version of the game will also be released by Schwerkraft-Verlag.
Please note that the published product may have differences regarding sizes, quantities, colors or layout because of production limitations and publisher’s adjustments.
Backers should be receiving their order within September 2014. We will do everything in our power to deliver your orders sooner than September 2014 (especially for items already in stock that are not part of group shipping). However, we state September 2014 as the delivery estimated period because there is always the chance of the production process getting delayed for various reasons.
Our current shipping solution DOES NOT offer tracking. From past experience we already know that the % of lost items is VERY small. However, if you require tracking for your order, please contact us and let us know. Please note that you will be requested to pay additional shipping costs since your order will have to be handled separately from our group shipping solution.
Almost all orders will be shipped from Greece. A few orders will be shipped from Germany. If you have any concerns regarding customs and import taxes for large cost orders, please contact us at email@example.com and we will assist you on that.
Risks and challenges
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Our current estimation for delivery is September 2014. We are optimistic that this campaign will be delivered sooner than that. However history has shown that no matter how well you plan things, there is always a chance of delays caused by third parties. Please understand that we want your orders to be delivered quickly as much as you do. Please note that some of the promo material may be delivered separately in a later date due to production time needed.
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Please note that your order may be delivered in multiple packages. This is done due to weight limitations for group shipments. Each game or expansion ordered through this campaign will most likely be delivered on a separate package. Even though the items you ordered will be shipped at the same time, there is always a chance they will arrive to you several days apart. This may occur due to each countries postal service sort-and-dispatch system.
Through this campaign you may receive updates on Artipia’s upcoming projects. Such updated will be very rare and will mostly evolve around Among the Stars Universe.
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Artipia Games does not offer refunds on cases where the item(s) ordered can still be delivered (even with a delay).
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