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Gamer - Level 1
13 of 13 gamers found this helpful
“Using both sets”

I recomend using both sets together when playing either the free for all or coop anti borg game. The only concern we had was having 2 copies of the bridge crew, though that allowed more than one player to obtain them. We did institute a rule forbidding a person from gaining two copies of the same person. (or made them trash one)

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Miniature Painter
Expert Advisor
Inventor
Advanced Reviewer
19 of 20 gamers found this helpful
“Linear Starbase”

One of the complaints I have heard a few times about this game is that there maybe too many cards to keep track of in the starbase. These two tips should help with that issue.

When I play, I like to keep the starbase ranked by card cost. This helps speed play by so you can pay attention only to the cards you can currently afford.

In addition to this, I find the starbase is easier to organize and look over if it is organized in one long row instead of a square format.

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Canada
Movie Lover
Comic Book Fan
10 of 10 gamers found this helpful
“Flagship”

The most common “problem” mentioned about this game is the fact that the first player able to upgrade their flagship (through diplomacy) can quickly become a runaway leader (especially for 2-player games). The house rule that we implemented is:

– If a player with an upgraded flagship is defeated in battle, they revert to the initial basic flagship. They still keep the upgraded flagship (and its points value) under the basic flagship card in the flagship area (to separate it from the ships defeated in combat and prevent players from upgrading to a different ship by mistake later on) and can claim it back, at the beginning of their turn, once all players also upgraded their flagship.

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Gamer - Level 3
17 of 18 gamers found this helpful
“Alternate Starships”

If you are afraid of a runaway leader problem (the first person to diplomacy a starship running away with the game), try mixing in the starships from the STDBG Next Phase, which are easier to diplomacy and about 25% less powerful.

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Gamer - Level 5
Comic Book Fan
Smash Up: Robot Faction Fan
7 of 7 gamers found this helpful
“Drafting and Banking Better Starships”

As stated in many of the reviews, there is a little problem when one player gets to upgrade their Starting Starship to one found in the Space Deck before the other players. The first to successfully upgrade is far more capable of handling the demands of space exploration and combat. If they are the only one to have an upgraded star ship for several turns, the rest of the players might never catch up! Here is my suggestion:

Before the game begins, each player gets to look through the Space Deck for a Starship of their choice. That ship is set aside and waits to be bought slowly over time. Each round, the players can put one or more resource point onto the better starship. Whenever the accumulated resource points equal or exceeds the Starship’s Attack + Diplomacy, they can switch it out with their Starting Starship. This rule would only be used once per player per game, cannot be done during combat or on another player’s turn. This rule would allow everyone to have a better starship in a controlled manner, dependent on their own play style, not on a random card draw. (Optionally, if play balance is also a concern, you could further enforce the rule that only ships worth 25 VP are allowed to be purchased.)

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I play purple
Explorer - Level 6
Vanguard
Cryptozoic Entertainment fan
10 of 11 gamers found this helpful
“move the ships to the starbase”

Ships do not belong in deep space waiting to be found. So lets put them into the starbase deck. When a player reveals one to the starbase, he may then either diplomacy it or combat it. This will also make the ships less common than when in the smaller space deck.

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I play purple
Explorer - Level 6
Vanguard
Cryptozoic Entertainment fan
10 of 11 gamers found this helpful
“organize the starbase”

One of my players of this game likes to put the cheapest cost cards on the top and the most expensive cards on the bottom. So if you can only afford a cheap card, you do not have to look at all the cards, only the row you can afford. And he claims to not have OCD! LOL

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Unicorn Clan - Legend of the Five Rings
Gamer - Level 6
Novice Reviewer
18 of 22 gamers found this helpful
“Limited ship diplomacy”

My local group has decided to not count a ship’s Diplomacy score when capturing new ships. It’s simple, but it prevents players from steam rolling through newly revealed ships (usually the first player who acquired a new ship). This gives other players the chance to claim new ships of their own.

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I play purple
Explorer - Level 6
Vanguard
Cryptozoic Entertainment fan
7 of 9 gamers found this helpful
“One player!”

The Borg co-op scenario is easily played as a one player game. Just deal yourself out 2 or 3 starting decks and go from there. It is great practice!

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