Star Realms board game
Star Realms board game

Star Realms

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Overall Rank: #29 | Trending Rank: #585

Star Realms is a spaceship combat deck building game designed by Magic Pro Tour Champions and Hall of Famers Darwin Kastle and Rob Dougherty (developer and cofounder of the Ascension Deck building Game).

Star Realms offers all the thrills of traditional trading card game style combat, combined with the fun of a deck building game. Play powerful ships, destroy enemy bases or blast your opponent directly on your way to victory!

CONTENTS: 128 beautifully illustrated cards: 80 card main deck, 10 Explorer cards, Two 10 card personal decks, 18 double-sided score cards And two full-color rule sheet.

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  • Fun at first but after a while the entire game is just so static. The power curve is always the same, I barely care what my opponent is doing and just try to find the way to throw as much stuff on the table as possible
  • It's a great game for how simple, inexpensive, and portable it is. It can feel too simple after playing a number of games, but if it were deeper it wouldn't be so easy to learn, which is one of it's strengths. Great intro to deckbuilding.
  • I mostly play the app.
  • I really like this game, and feel it is more balanced than hero realms. I also enjoy a good space theme.
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Lots of #Star Realms (plus #Star Realms: Colony Wars plus #Star Realms: Frontiers) with the Mrs! We've really been getting into SR more and more. We had a couple other games peppered in, but that was the highlight.

It's basically a take on the #Star Realms formula - deckbuilding with a kill-the-other-guy win condition. It adds a couple of nice wrinkles - the alternate win condition via mastery, and the ability to play cards from the lineup for a one-time effect without adding them to your deck.

Of course, Star Realms is itself an offshoot of #Ascension: Deckbuilding Game, which is designed by the same guy who designed Shards! And I own all of them because I have a deckbuilder sickness. :D

I play tooons of #Star Realms with my partner. The app is exceptional. if anyone wants to play, I can post my account name :D 

I've also been starting to play quite a bit of #Marvel Champions: The Card Game. I really like it! I'm always looking for a game to replace that #Magic: The Gathering card-fiddling feel. But without the need for $20 cards!

I've also got my nieces for the weekend, so I plan to show them #Ghost Blitz, #The Quest for El Dorado, and #Survive: Escape From Atlantis!

dude 100%, I was thinking something similar. I would almost like to see something like #Star Realms but more expansive. 

Here's a few games that get people sucked in:


#The Quacks of Quedlinburg

#Lost Cities

#Star Realms



#Bang!: The Bullet

All of these are fairly cheap except for Quacks and Catan

That does sound really interesting. I've never had much use for#Star Realms before seeing as the player count doesn't really match what I was trying to do. 

Hi again,

1. After some consideration I've come up with some good games that i would get if i were to start all over again (I have a dream):

#Star Realms (portable and fun, lots of expansions)

#Santorini (a much better than chess)

#Sushi Go Party! (Easy to pickup and good fun)

#Terraforming Mars (so good, the game that got me started)

#Burgle Bros. (I'm always game for a good co-op game) (Hopefully I'll get my kickstarter copy  #Burgle Bros 2: The Casino Capers)

#Forbidden Desert (what can i say, I really like co-op)

#Love Letter or#Infinity Gauntlet: A Love Letter Game (a Pint and love letter at the pub)

#Clank! In! Space! (Deck-building fun)

#The Taverns of Tiefenthal (was considering#The Quacks of Quedlinburg but i enjoy this even more )

#The 7th Continent (mystery and survival at its best) (Looking forward to#The 7th Citadel)

#Imhotep (simple, complex, fun and frustrating at the same time)

#Tiny Epic Galaxies,#Tiny Epic Zombies, #Tiny Epic Mechs,#Tiny Epic Quest, #Tiny Epic Defenders (Second Edition),#Tiny Epic Tactics,#Tiny Epic Kingdoms,#Tiny Epic Pirates, #Tiny Epic Dinosaurs #Tiny Epic Western (so small and with surprisingly much content and depth) (they are so small that my wife wouldn't even think that may gaming collection/addiction would be a problem)

Well folks that's the games i would get for my $200 (they were all on super mega sale of the century of course otherwise I wouldn't be able to get em all 😂).

2. And as for that hard to get game: #Shadows Over Camelot (co-op, hidden identity)


#Star Realms and #Lost Cities were a lot of fun. I demand a rematch haha!


#Colt Express


#Star Realms

#The Quacks of Quedlinburg

#Lost Cities

these are really great games for people not in the hobby. really easy to learn and tons of fun to play. 

I didn't really have any surprises in this list. I have been tracking the whole reveal over on BGG pretty religiously. I have played only 11 of the top 100:

  1. #Spirit Island
  2. #Scythe
  3. #Pandemic
  4. #Onirim
  5. #Race for the Galaxy
  6. #Deep Space D-6
  7. #Root
  8. #Agricola
  9. #Star Realms
  10. #Navajo Wars
  11. #Pax Pamir (Second Edition)

I was interested in how many Uwe Rosenberg games there were on the list.

I, personally, was more interested in the list from 101-200. All of the games on this list are comparitively familiar to me. Either I want them, or I have already acquired it but not played it, or I have decided I am not interested in it. In the 101-200 there are a lot of games that I hadn't really considered before. And, some that I have tried, and really enjoyed.

And, I still really want #Nemo's War (Second Edition).