Star Realms Deckbuilding Game

Star Realms Deckbuilding Game

Product #WWG001

Regular Price: $14.95

Special Price: $9.99

20+ In stock

Manufacturer: White Wizard Games


Rule the Stars

Forge your own star realm. Build up your military through shipping and trade, then use your mighty fleet of warships to protect what's yours and take what isn't.

Designed by Magic hall of famers Darwin Kastle and Rob Dougherty, Star Realms combines the fun of deckbuilding games with the interactivity of trading card game-style combat. As you play, use trade to add new ships and bases to your deck. When played, those ships and bases generate poewrful effects, additional trade, and combat to attack your opponent and their bases. If you reduce your opponent's score to zero, you win!

This deck is a complete 2-player game containing rules and 128 cards. To expand for more players, simply use an additional deck for each 1-2 additional players.


Contents:
128 Cards
Rules


Ages: 12+
Players: 2
Game Length: 20 minutes


This game can be played on its own or combined with Star Realms: Colony Wars for enhanced play.



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Highly addicting!
My fiance and I were looking for some new games to play with one another. I came across this game and decided to place an order. This turned out to be a fantastic purchase! We're currently addicted to this game and play it often. We've even gotten our friends hooked on it as well. You get a lot of value in a very low cost package and no two games feel the same. My only complaint would be the durability of the box the cards themselves come in so I would highly recommend purchasing a deck box and sleeves as you will want to bring this game out on a fairly regular basis. Five stars!
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Review by Mike on 6/10/2017
Gateway Deck-builder that Anyone Can Enjoy
Star Realms is a great 2-player deck-building game. It takes familiar concepts from other deck-building games (such as Legendary), but gives them a new theme (two space armadas dueling against one another). The thing that makes this game unique is that each player uses attack power to directly do damage to their opponent. Each player has 50 hit points (called "authority"). The first player to get down to zero authority loses. Throughout the game, players take turns buying new ships through "trade" (the currency in the game, indicated by a marker on the cards) and attacking each other. There are four 'factions' on the cards, and playing the same types of cards can trigger additional abilities. The symbology is extremely straightforward, and the cards have very details directions on them for any abilities they might possess.
To be frank, the theme is pasted on. This can be seen by the fact that Hero Realms was created a few years after Star Realms. It is essentially the same game, but with a fantasy theme. However, the theme really does not matter in this game. You are simply trying to out-maneuver your opponent, and build a more formidable armada. Matching factions can be helpful. Choices do matter, such as whether to take multiple low-cost cards or a single high-cost card on a turn. Also, anyone has a chance to win this game. I game quite frequently. I play a lot of games with my spouse, but my spouse is not really a "gamer." However, only just recently did I finally win a game of Star Realms against my spouse. We must have played 20 times before I won. The reason my wife kept winning was because her strategy was much better than mine! I had to adjust, pick different cards than I would normally be inclined to pick, and I finally won!
This game is super short. It usually does not last longer than 20 minutes. It is fun, but light-hearted, and even when you lose, you say, "I'm gonna get you next time!" and you want to try again. For $10, this game is a steal. If you want to introduce someone to deck-builders, this is the game to do it with. Even if you're on the fence about buying it or not, buy it. You'll only be out a few bucks if you end up not liking it a lot.
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Review by Laura on 1/1/2017
Want a deck building game? Start here!
This is the perfect jumping off point if you want to get into deck building games. All you need it this box and two players. The rules are very easy to learn. After playing Star Realms for a few months I have found that I love love love deck building games. I have since purchased all the Star Realms expansions, Dominion, Legendary: Marvel, and Thunderstone Advance. I would also suggest getting some sleeves for your cards as you will be playing this a lot and will want to protect you deck and keep it looking fresh!
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Review by Aaron on 6/23/2016
This game worth it
Game Play: Absolute perfection. This game isn't so original, but get the best of deck building games and make it work smooth. Pure entertaining.

Quality: Normal, good pictures, but the box, if you go to sleeves, burn the box, isn't work.

Price: Really worth it, for $10 you gonna play thousands of times.

Value: Same like Price
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Review by Nicolas on 4/5/2016
Simple, fast and fun
Had the app on my phone, it was pretty fun. The mechanics are simple and there aren't too many things to bog the game down besides the authority cards and long draw chains.
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Review by G on 11/9/2015
Good Bye MTG, HELLO Stasr Realms.
First and foremost...WOW. I have been a MTG player for nearly 20 years and am done with the CCG aspect of deck builders. Star Realms is a huge value for the price and offers everything you need in one box. Yes there are expansions, but you don't really need them. LOVE!
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Review by Richard on 11/6/2015
The best value in gaming
This game is worth so much more then $10. This is my favorite deck builder of all time and is extremely fun. No two games ever feel the same as each match your deck will take on a drastically different personality.

I have played this game tons and it still is not old, the equally inexpensive expansions add alot of twists to the game also.

If you have even the slightest interest in deck building games then you need to give star realms a shot.
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Review by Christopher on 10/28/2015
So much game for so little price
You don't even really need a reason to get this. If you're even considering adding another two player game, this one is a shoe in.

I play this game exclusively with my wife, so that we can grow in our understanding of the strategy together. I think I should play a few on my own though, because she has been kicking my butt lately. Its got a great spot in our collection for several reasons. 1) We don't often have time for a lengthy game. Even an hour can be too much when we are tired. This game can be played in 30 minutes or less, and often times under 20. 2) We can actually set this game up on a tv tray between us and play it on the couch. Its got a reasonably small footprint, so we don't have to sit in a dining room chair. 3) Its fun as heck. Im not even sure what exactly it is. Its just excellent, for unexpected reasons.

Its a pretty simple deck building game with 4 factions that all have a group of powers associated with them. Each person starts the game with 50 hit points, and you just have to get your opponent down to 0. Interestingly enough, we don't often do well with direct conflict in our games. For some reason though, this one is ok. Maybe its that its the core of the game. Ive got to attack, its not just one of several options.

It comes in a tuck box, which is kind of a bummer. I imagine it saves production cost though, so its still a win. I think I tear the box a bit more each time I open it, but its still fine. Eventually, I'll break down and buy an actual deck box, but if you don't care then the tuck box does just fine.

If you're making an order, just toss this one in with everything else. Its excellent, deep, and engaging. For under 10 bucks, its a great value.
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Review by Joshua on 10/26/2015
Inexpensive and fun deck building game
If you played a deck building game before, you'll be able to play Star Realms right away. If this is your first deck building game, you're in for a treat! It's easy to learn how to play, it's tons of fun and nothing can beat that low price.

If you played something like Dominion before, the main difference with Star Realms is that instead of having the same kingdom throughout the game, the market changes in Star Realms (you always have 6 cards out and you replenish the market when one of the cards is bought).

It also has factions, which means that you can stack up bonuses if you play cards of the same factions. And stations, which means you have to destroy the station before you can attack the player.

All in all, an amazing little game.
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Review by carcassonneLeo on 9/14/2015
Fast, Easy Deck Builder
You cannot get a better game for $10. Combine the price with the portability and quality and you have a real winner. I have played this game a couple of hundred times in physical form and iOS and I am still not sick of it. Few games are even similar let alone the same. I have never played with more than 2, and don't know if I ever will. I like the many expansions, but base game is so solid, it really stands on it's own. Although I still give 4 stars for quality, I wish the cards were made of a higher end material, even if it cost twice as much. The cards really need to be shuffled, so it would be nice. Also, keeping track of health (Authority) is a little cumbersome with the cards.
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Review by Andrew on 9/10/2015
Excellent!!!
Great game. Fast, fun, most decisions are obvious, but it has just the right amount of decision making.
The illustrations are quite nice too look at, if a bit dark. The different factions and their unique abilities make it possible to play a focused deck, but it is not necessary. Random distribution means of cards that there is no killer combo strategy, which makes for an interesting change of pace. I find this to be right in between Ascension, which is much more chaotic, and Dominion, which is muss less chaotic.
In only a few weeks of time, this became one of my most played games ever.
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Review by Amadeu on 9/6/2015
Quick to Learn, Quick to Play
I bought this game when it finally became available again and I'm so glad I did.

The game itself can be learned very quickly, as there really aren't a lot of mechanics to worry about. I find the simple game play part of the appeal, as I can sit down and play several games during lunch at work, or as a filler between other large games on game nights.

Regarding the play itself, it takes a few turns to get much going, as most deck builders are, but once you've chosen the direction you'd like to go, things start to really ramp up, especially if you can get a hand loaded with cards from the same faction. Card synergy is very important, so if you get a good draw, things can cascade very quickly.

Overall, I love this game for its simple play and quick completion. The only negative that I really have with it is that the card quality isn't all that great. After only about a dozen plays, the deck was already showing signs of wear, so I had to sleeve the entire thing to keep it from getting any worse. At that point, you'll need to invest in a deck box since it won't fit into the original box anymore.
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Review by Kevin M. on 4/9/2015