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Year Published
2012
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
14 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
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12 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Starship Merchants
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4049: The galaxy hums with prosperity and peace two millennia after the dawn of space travel. But as mankind and its neighbors colonized the stars, the burgeoning need for resources was apparent. One by one, new geological discoveries revolutionized terraform, construction and energy technology. The sub-temperature properties of the mineral Ice-9 allowed life-giving water to flow on uninhabitable planets. Crystallized Cobalt was accidentally found to be incredibly strong, resistant to extreme pressure. And a single chunk of Deuterium could power a sprawling metropolis for a month!

As a plucky entrepreneur you must explore the edges of space searching for precious minerals. Will you buy the fastest ship in the sector or hire the best pilot in the galaxy? Purchase the latest state-of-the-art gadgets, invest in planetary refineries, or pay off your rising debt? The cargo you haul could be worth fortune, so grab your helmet and suit up! The cosmos and a mountain of credits call!

In Starship Merchants, each player runs a fledgling corporation looking to stake a claim in the lucrative mining business. Player will buy starships, explore the galaxy and deliver cargo for interstellar credits, all the while expanding their operations.

Starting at the shipyard and ending at the dock, players will move clockwise around the four quadrants on the board to complete an entire Business Cycle. During each turn, a player either performs one action at the current quadrant or advances to the next, performing an action there. As players take actions or advance they spread apart across all four quadrants while completing individual Business Cycles.

The Shipyard is where you can buy a speedy scout or a heavy load bearing tug. The Market is where Gear, Pilots, Refineries, and claims can be purchased. In the belt, starships are run by spending energy points to explore, pickup mines, or fly to another destination. The final quadrant is the Dock where delivered cargo is traded for credits.

A player that ends his turn at the Dock with 100+ credits can declare the Final Run, ending the game. But after completing the Final Run, the player with the most credits wins!

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Starship Merchants
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English first edition
Publisher: Toy Vault, Inc.
Artist: David J. Coffey, Zac Pensol, Chris Quilliams
Year: 2012
Product Code: TOY 75004
Size: 12.00 x 9.00 x 2.00 inches
2.30 pounds
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Release Date: Jul 16, 2012
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2 starship merchants player aid
turn/actions overview, special rules reminder
English
2015-05-09
1 Starship Merchants FAQ (german)
this is the translation of the official FAQ with permission from ToyVault
German
2012-09-15
2 Starship Merchants GERMAN
Translated rulebook
German
2012-09-04
16 Card Clarifications for Starship Merchants- Print Friendly
A more printer friendly version of our Card Clarification Sheets
English
2012-08-30
22 Starship Merchant FAQ-Print Friendly 8/30/12
This is our current FAQ, not as pretty as the other one, but more friendly to your print cartridge.
English
2012-08-30
10 Starship Merchants FAQ 8/30/12
This file is the most current answers to rules questions we've had so far. It also contains all known errata.
English
2012-08-30
6 Starship Merchants Japanese Rules
Japanese translation of the rule of Starship Merchants
Japanese
2012-08-13
30 Card Clarifications for Starship Merchants
This is a much more detailed description on how every card works. It includes both Market cards, and Destination cards.
English
2012-08-01
42 English Rules for Starship Merchants
These are the current rules for Starship Merchants
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2012-06-20
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