TODAY’S COOL THING -AUGUST 8, 2014: STAR REALMS

Star Realms BoxWhat am I geeking out over right now? Surprisingly, it’s not anything from GenCon. It’s the brain child of two Magic: the Gathering hall of famers, Rob Dougherty and Darwin Kastle. Star Realms is the first deck-builder that I have actually had trouble putting down.

Nobody to play with? No problem. There’s an app with an AI you can beat up on and it’s FREE! Granted, it doesn’t come with the full game, but if you want to familiarize yourself with the cards and the rules, it’s perfect.

What about the card game? Only $15! Fifteen dollars for game after game of razing your opponent’s supply outposts before a homeworld invasion or epic spaceship armada showdown. I’m expecting a lot to come of White Wizards Games because this game has so much design space. A faction of merchenaries? Cross-faction alliances? In the meantime, I’m more than happy to exploit the Machine Cult’s “out with the old, in with the new” strategy to condense my deck into monstrous beaters like the Blob Mothership, Trade Federation Command Ship, and Imperial Dreadnaught.

So if you’ve played deck-builders before, this one is a fresh, fast, aggressive with a genuine political element. If you’re new to this sort of game, this one is easy and elegant with a quick, painless learning curve that won’t get boring the moment you figure it out.

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