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Pulsar 2849

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It is the year 2849, and humanity has harnessed the power of the pulsars. Now we must find a way to distribute this power throughout the stars. In this Euro-style game, players explore space, claim pulsars, and discover technologies that will help them build energy-distribution infrastructure on a cosmic scale. Dice are used to purchase actions, and players choose their dice from a communal pool. There are many paths to victory so you can blaze your own trail to a bright future.

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“So Many Decisions”

Pulsar 2849 is a game both aided and harmed by its core feature, which is the fact that players have lots of different strategies.
What I have loved about playing Pulsar 2849 is there are multiple different ways to win the game from building Pulsars to simply flying your ship around the board. I have won using different strategies too. Out of all the games I have played, Pulsar is the one I have used different strategies from game to game the most. What is great is that while playing there are ways of gaining additional dice or manipulating your dice, so that your plans are not ruined or you can do more than intended. Overall, actually playing the game is typically a great experience, as long as you love dice drafting and lots of options for points.
At the same time, the diverse options in the game make it terrible for teaching. I dread breaking out Pulsar 2849 for new players, as there are so many things to explain from how to build a pulsar to how transmitters work and even the diverse range of technologies. Most of these mechanics need to be taught before the game begins, rather than during the game, which means players will be in for a long teaching session, while the teacher is consistently referencing the rule book to make sure they are teaching the game right. Especially on a first play through.
On top of that, Pulsar’s components aren’t the best. Sure they make due and probably won’t fall apart, but they don’t look elegant on the table either. So if you are look for a game with a beautiful table presence, it probably isn’t Pulsar.
However, despite its flaws Pulsar 2849 still obtains an 8/10 from me, as the mechanics are great and every game has me asking how do I want to win next time?

 

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