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2013
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2 − 6
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Best with 3 players
Recommended with 2–4 players
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14 and up
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30 − 60 minutes
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14+
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Extensive use of text - massive conversion needed to be playable
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Impulse is a quick-playing 4X (explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate) game set in space with the game board being composed of cards that have actions on them. Players also have cards in hand, and in addition to featuring one of ten possible actions, these cards have a color (red, yellow, blue or green) and a size (1, 2 or 3, as indicated by the number of icons on the card). Each card also has six edges, and these edges connect adjacent cards in the hex-shaped playing area.

The cards in the playing area start face down, with each player controlling a card(their Home) on a corner of this area. Each player has two transport ships in the center of his Home card and a cruiser on an edge. Cruisers are used to patrol sectors of space and destroy opposing transports, while transports let you activate sectors that you enter.

On a turn, a player adds a card to the Impulse from his hand, then (optionally) performs an action for a tech in his playing area, then (optionally) performs all the actions in the Impulse, then draws two cards and adds them to his hand. The Impulse is a line of cards shared by all players that changes turn by turn as players add cards to it and as cards fall off once it reaches maximum size. Thus, players need to feed the Impulse with actions that benefit them more than opponents, but that's easier said than done.

When you perform actions – whether from moving transports to them or using the Impulse – you can boost them by having minerals of the same color or lots of transports. Each action has a single numeral on it, e.g., "Command [1] ship for one jump" or "Build [1] cruiser at home"; when you boost an action, you increase that numeral.

Players score points by destroying enemy ships (one point per ship), by controlling edge spaces on the central card (one point per edge), and by taking other actions via cards. The first player to score 20 points wins!

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Publisher: Asmadi Games
Artist: Alanna Cervenak, Cara Judd
Year: 2014
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Publisher: Asmadi Games
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35 Impulse Fan Redesign
Impulse Fan Redesign Cards and Player Boards, Version 1.0 (Posted with permission from Chris Cieslik, for personal use only) Recommended Printing Instructions Cards: Print entire file double-sided on 8.5x11 cardstock. Cut out cards using white trim lines on back side. Trim card corners if possible. Cards have non-standard dimensions so sleeving might be difficult Boards: Print entire file single-sided on desired weight of 11x17 paper. Mount on chipboard or other sturdy material. Cut out boards using white trim lines.
English
2016-01-14
2 Impulse Korean Rules
Impulse (draft) rules in Korean.
Korean
2015-10-20
3 Импульс - схема игрового процесса
Какие действия можно выполнять, как получать победные очки - подскажет схема игрового процесса в "Импульсе". Перевод на русский оригинальной схемы https://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/106015/impulse-tutorial-flow-aid
Russian
2015-10-13
1 Better version of space prestige board.
Better version of space prestige board. Original has snake score tracks, and it is too small. That makes it fiddly to use. This version is based on prestige board form prototype of this game. It has graph score track, any number big enough for 6 ships. It fits standard box.
English
2015-07-25
13 Impulse Action Card Overview
A simple table showing the colour, action and strength of all 108 cards. I thought this might be a useful guide to new players to illustrate that actions are generally associated with one particular colour. There are two version on the PDF which differ only in the intensity of the background colours used.
English
2014-11-22
2 Правила / Rules in russian
Правила игры, pdf, 1.0 / Russian rules, pdf, v. 1.0
Russian
2014-08-19
5 Reglamento Impulse
Reglamento traducido y maquetado con respecto a la última edición del mismo. A fecha de Agosto de 2014.
Spanish
2014-08-12
48 Impulse - Tutorial Flow (Aid)
I found Impulse hard to teach because whilst it's easy to just go through each of the 10 different cards and explain them, piecing them up in your head is quite difficult for new players. Below is a flow which I hope will help with that, this is NOT to be confused with a tech tree as all actions cards are potentially executable without prior development, however by linking them up logically I think it provides an easier framework for how you will approach your game. v1.1 : Minor update to rules and flow
English
2014-07-28
14 PnP Battle and Set Up Reference cards
Updated the cards to what I believe are the correct rules for battle. Only 1 card per Cruiser is drawn the orginnal copy had you draw 1 card then another card for reinforcements.
English
2014-07-17
62 Impulse rules summary
Impulse rules summary that I use to teach the game and to refresh my memory. Version 1A: This is the same as Impulse rules summary v1.pdf by Chad Mekash (Grimnir), uploaded with his permission. However, this has been reformatted by Solamar to be a word doc in 2 columns and cleaned up a bit with bullets and a setup image. It prints on 2 pages. Send all geek thumbs and gold to Chad as he originated the file. This is just another formatting of it that I used. Hopefully I have not created any errors. If I have send geekmail to Solamar.
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2014-07-07
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