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Andromeda (1999)

Average Rating: 6.42/10
Board Game Rank: 1602
Strategy Game Rank: 753
Family Game Rank: 463
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Year Published
1999
# of Players
3 − 5
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 4 players
Recommended with 3, 4, 5 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
10 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Andromeda
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Each player controls bases/stations (in the form of little wooden cubes) which they use to attempt to build Economic Centers on the moons of seven planets in an alien planetary system. After moving their tokens on to a planet, players use an interesting little device ('planet ring'/'wormhole' - functions like a blind draw bag) to select one of the tokens on the planet. Players take actions by collecting sets of cards which correspond to the the various planets. The game also features a unique trading system which facilitates the card collecting. Careful card trading and calculating risk of establishing economic centers, and some variants, mitigate some of the luck factor.



Game Summary
Setup: 9 cards/player. Place 1 cube per planet per player, plus additional cube per planet matching cards dealt out; remaining cubes on earth. Each gets 2 special action cards.

Each round: First, players may play a single special action card, in order. Then, Trade Step. Finally, Action Step.

Trade Step: Start player first plays cards (2-3) to offer, one at a time; other players simultaneously show cards to trade, different than offered. Start player must trade; recipient either accepts cards into hand, or leaves out. Clockwise from Start Player, next player with cards still in front of them either makes a trade or takes their cards back. Continue till 0-1 people left with cards in front; they take them back to hand.

Action Step: Start player takes 3 actions, then others take 2 each. Actions can be:
- discard 2 cards, then draw 2
- turn in set of 3-7 cards to send half (rounding down) as many cubes from earth to a planet
- turn in set of 3-7 cards to advance Ship Level, Tech Level, or to make attempt to establish colony on a planet matching cards played: place cubes on that planet into the cosmic ashtray, randomize, then reveal up to as many cubes as attempts made. If reveal your cube, place it on a station; turn over. If other player's cube, send it back to earth.
- Sets: if no wilds ("pure"), take appropriate bonus wild card matching the size of the set (if available); wilds can be used later as parts of sets

Then rotate starting player to the left. Game ends when all stations on 3 planets have been taken. Score VP shown on board (for Tech level, stations occupied, and cubes on earth). Most VP wins.

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Components:

  • 1 gameboard
  • 130 stations (26 cubes in each of the 5 player colors)
  • 1 planet ring (black plastic puck)
  • 84 planet cards (12 each of 7 different planets)
  • 16 bonus credit cards (in four different values)
  • 10 transport cards (2 in each of the five player colors)
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Rio Grande edition
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Year: 1999
Product Code: Article-Nr. 143
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Publisher: ABACUSSPIELE, Grünspan-Spiele
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Year: 1999
Product Code: 3991
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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Publisher: 999 Games
Artist: Doris Matthäus
Year: 1999
Product Code: 999-AND01
Size: Long Rectangle (e.g. Power Grid)
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6 Andromeda Quick Reference
1-page, 2-sided quick reference in English, a la Liumas.
English
2009-07-02
25 Andromeda Phases and Actions Summary Card
Attractive Player Aid that summarizes the phases of each turn and the available actions a player may take.
2008-09-15
0 Summary of the rules for Andromeda in Dutch
This is a summary of the rules for Andromeda in Dutch.
Dutch
2008-05-18
0 Andromeda.pdf
Andromeda rules in Hungarian (Andromeda szabaly magyarul)
2006-09-17
7 Andromeda Dutch.pdf
Rules in Dutch
2006-05-12
3 andromeda variants.pdf
Five variants for Andromeda
2005-07-12
3 andromeda play-aid.pdf
small and concise Andromeda play-aid
2005-07-12
4 Andromdea Ref Card.doc
Player reference card
2005-06-23
0 Andromeda_it.pdf
Rules in italian
2005-02-14
1 ANDROM.PDF
Small player aid card for each player
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1602
Strategy Game Rank: 753
Family Game Rank: 463
Num Ratings: 1108
Average Rating: 6.42
Standard Deviation: 1.26
Num Views: 72881
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.2
Fans: 4
Personal Comments: 425
Users Owning: 1441
Users Wanting: 28
Users Trading: 93 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 1
Want Parts In Trade: 2
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Total Plays: 1365
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