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Tim Taylor
United States
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10
Jan 2010*

Every time I play this game I love it more. The depth of play and trying to read your opponents make this a unique experience every game.

Loved the boardlessness.

Then I played on a black surface...
2010-01-15
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j s
United States
washington
Illinois
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10
Jan 2010
i love the board and the scoring mechanism. Has that "lets play it again" factor
2009-09-16
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Brian Woods
United States
Michigan
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10
Dec 2010
This is a great relaxing game. The group likes it a lot, but it doesn't hit the table as often as I'd like. I wish it had an espenaion, preferably with a sixth player.

Pretty much killed our desire to ever play Catan.
2014-11-12
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Michal Starek
Czech Republic
Sezimovo Usti
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10
Nov 2012
An interesting twist on the Settlers mechanic. Everything is really about timing your choices and guessing what other players did.
Plus points for a sci-fi theme, seems rather rare.
2013-10-24
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Jason Leveille
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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9.5
Feb 2015
This is a solid resource management game with an interesting sci-fi theme. There's some moochalism by guessing at what the other players will play and I like the interaction by having the trading. Allowing two cards to be traded to the bank minimizes the complexity of trading and keeps it quick. I'd say it's Settlers of Catan meets Race for the Galaxy and fans of either game will love this one.

UPDATE: Enjoying this more and more with each play, as the blend of mechanics is simple yet the strategy is complex. An immersive sci-fi experience that is just plain fun.
2009-12-25
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Shawn Allen
United States
Seattle
Washington
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9.5
Oct 2012
So balanced and just plain fun. It does provide a sense of building a space empire without combat. Nevertheless, the player interaction is intense and vital thanks to the action-planning system. A great game!
2013-04-25
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nichola viggiano
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
RJ
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9.36
Feb 2013
People comment that Ad Astra is Catan without dice - I think it is still more, with innovative board and an innovative action choice mechanic
2013-03-05
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Gerry Standerline
United Kingdom
Leeds
West Yorkshire
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9
Oct 2009*
Excellent game. My wife is not a sci fi fan but she really likes this - particularly the abscence of interstellar phaser battles.
2009-10-05
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mark sellmeyer
United States
st louis
Missouri
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9
Nov 2009*
spacers of catan. everything I like about catan, but without the randomness of catan.
2010-01-20
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Chris Long
United States
State College
Pennsylvania
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9
Apr 2010
A beautifully enhanced version of Settlers of Catan. It completely gets rid of the dice mechanic and adds a really interesting planning mechanic, while still keeping the core of Settlers in place.

I love the mix of strategies possible here, and how you can really maximize your points by timing out the scoring cards correctly. The only downside to this game is that it can end up taking quite a bit of time to get a good game in.
2011-01-23
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Wade Broadhead
United States
Pueblo
Colorado
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9
Jan 2010*
Holy cow is this fun, good, quickish and just plain enjoyable! Looking forward to play #2.
Play #2 and this is just genius, such a good game here! Might become a 10!Many okays later and this will never leave the shelf, an incrediblly game that plays quickly and offers numerous strategies and the metagame always present in a Fadutti game shines here with the unique planning phase.
2013-03-20
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Jose Fernandez
Spain
Madrid
MADRID
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9
Aug 2010
This one and Citadels, Bruno Faidutti's best games!
2010-05-14
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Carl Patten
United States
St. Paul
Minnesota
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9
Oct 2010
Hybrid of several games, most notably Settlers of Catan and Puerto Rico, that creates its own feel. None of the five sub-races of Humanity have names or stories, which makes it feel more generic than I'd have liked. Rating 9 instead of 10 for two reasons: a slight imbalance in the races' connection to the stars, and the insufficient player aid mats (BGG has much better ones). I will almost always play this game if it's offered.
2011-08-11
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9
Feb 2010
It's pretty much a variation of Catan with no dice. I prefer the scoring system in Catan, but this one's still fun.
2010-02-13
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Jack Otto
United States
Arlington Heights
Illinois
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9
Aug 2012
This game has a deep theme that permeates throughout the game. I like the fact that there is no board. This game is like the crazy combination of Race for the galaxy, Settlers of Catan, and Puerto Rico.
2012-08-27
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loic COULET
France
Toulouse
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9
Jul 2010
The best SF board game I know so far.
2010-07-12
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Manel Sanchez
Spain
Barcelona
Cataluña
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9
Aug 2010
Un juego fantástico! no hay guerra, pero te da la sensación de un juego de combate por el hecho de tener que expandirte por la galaxia en busca de planetas con recursos.
2010-08-19
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Kendahl Johnson
United States
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9
Aug 2012
Excellent game. Maybe a little long but it's not too bad...
2012-08-05
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Scott Hill
United States
Sarasota
Florida
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9
Feb 2012
Excellent game,much better than Settlers of Catan.
2012-02-15
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Allen Doum
United States
Orange County
California
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9
Jan 2011
Good and manageable settlers based game. Much superior IMO to Starfarers.
2011-01-31
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Hrvoje Roncevic
Croatia
Zagreb
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9
Apr 2015
Nice game, a bit like settlers. Relatively fast game of building space and exploration. No combat, less luck then settlers and no thief makes this my favorite among Settlers of Catan and Starfarers of Catan. I only miss the pirates
2011-06-27
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Jeff Forgues
Canada
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9
May 2011
J'adore. C'est un excellent jeu de ressources.
Un colon de Catan évolué. Beaucoup de stratégie.
2011-05-15
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Levi Mote
United States
Portland
Oregon
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9
May 2013
This game replaced Settlers of Catan for me.
2013-09-17
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Wes Jones
United States
Chelmsford
Massachusetts
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9
Aug 2012
After a few more plays (up to 7 now), I like this game even more. I find it very interesting that the length varies greatly depending on how aggressively players use their scoring cards. My only real complaint is that the pieces for the fifth player seem weak compared to the other four. I think Red has an advantage, but it's not as extreme as Grey's disadvantage. We cap games at four players and just don't play Grey.
2012-08-26
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Janusz Ja
Poland
Bydgoszcz
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9
Jun 2012
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2013-01-16
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Michael Brown
United States
Nashville
Tennessee
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9
Jan 2015
I really like the depth in this game, and that there are many ways to approach. Each play is different as players adjust their tactics to their starting world's resources and then branch out. Could really use an expansion that adds in combat or space pirates--could be a very easy 4x game then.
2014-07-12
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Ludwig Dimitrijevic
Spain
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9
Feb 2013
Uno de mis juegos favoritos. Sólo le faltaría una variante con combate entre naves para llegar al 10.
2015-04-10
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Andrzej Kurek
Poland
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9
Jul 2013
annoying kingmaking
2013-07-29
Evan Dunn
United States
Brooklyn
New York
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9
Feb 2014
Comment: In many ways, this feels like a much more polished and modern Settlers of Catan, but you know... diceless and in space.

The fantastic thing about this game is that each player has a deck of cards that represent the actions they want to have happen each round. Players in turn order put their cards on the master board, and then everyone resolves everyone's cards from left to right. Some of those cards cause certain types of planets to produce, some cause trade phases to happen and some score based on very specific criteria.

It's an immensely strategic trading/resource management game where you really need to try to figure out what your opponents are up to.

Art and components
Innovative mechanics
Handles 5 or more players
Good with min or max players
Low time between turns
Comfortable complexity
Re-playability
Enjoyment
2014-02-10
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Walec Walczak

Katowice
Poland
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Dec 2014
First game went suprisingly well... I`m keep waiting for another one
2014-12-09
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Rob Lambert
Netherlands
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8.9
Jan 2015
Good game
Not too complicated. Could benifit from more race-specific cards.
3-5 players
2009-12-11
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David Molina López (ReD FeniX)
Spain
Valencia
Valencia
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8.8
Jun 2013
Fantástico juego de estrategia espacial, de gestión de acciones. Con 6 tipos de recursos, contrucción de naves para explorar planetas boca abajo en difrentes sistemas, consigues un solo recurso por planeta o descubrir un planeta alienígena que te da una carta de tecnología alienígena especial, contrucción de colonias, fábricas para extraer recursos, y terraformaciones para darte puntos directos. Los jugadores alternan boca abajo las cartas de acciones en un tablero de planificación y puntuas extra si consigues destacar en alguna categoría en el momento exacto. No entiendo cómo no se habla más de él! Escala perfecto para cualquier numero de jugadores (3-5) y tiene suficiente rejugabilidad. Todo un gran descubrimiento!
2013-03-24
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David Brodigan
Ireland
Dublin
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8.6
Mar 2012
heavy
2012-05-10
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Jason Kossowan
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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8.6
Jun 2014
Better alternative for Catan-lovers - less left to chance and more strategic options. Love the board setup. Great for old and new gamers alike.
2009-09-22
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Geoff Hall
United Kingdom
Yate
Bristol
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8.5
Apr 2011
Blows settlers out of the water.
2010-06-02
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Ketty
Chile
Santiago
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8.5
Dec 2011
[ESP] Me sorprendió mucho este juego. Una mezcla entre Catán (juego que ultimamente me he negado a jugar) y Race for the Galaxy. Me entretuve todo el tiempo, aunque claramente no me estaba fijando en el objetivo ya que me dediqué a colonizar más que a conseguir Puntos de Victoria. Muy entretenido.
2011-07-14
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Adrian Montoya
United States
Austin
Texas
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8.5
Dec 2010
Nice "Catanish" space game without dice, I'm now prefering this over Starfarers of Catan, but I'd really like an expansion or some official alternate rules...
2011-05-19
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Kevin Shillinglaw
Canada
Kitchener
Ontario
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8.5
Jun 2010
I love how the mechanics of this game worked. Can't wait to pick this one up!
2009-10-25
Sterling Babcock
United States
Longmont
Colorado
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8.5
Dec 2009*
Play Forced Different Goods Starting Setup Variant: Pick 6 worlds of different goods. Shuffle and deal out as many as players around Sol. Continue setup as normal. If starting setup is unbalanced, say 2 of goods A and 1 of B, then the A players have too much of a production advantage by helping each other.
2009-10-06
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Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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8.5
Oct 2009*
This combines mechanics from different games, like Catan, RftG, PR, but I think they all meld well together to give a satisfying and enjoyable game experience. This may well turn out to be one of those 'under the radar' games that are actually pretty good.
2009-10-04
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Michael Mindes
United States
Mountain Green
Utah
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8.5
Aug 2014
10-9-2009 - # plays =1 Not overly impressed. I love space themes and I have been thinking about it, so I will give it another shot in the future.
2009-10-12
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United States
Marietta
Georgia
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8.5
Dec 2010
Settlers without dice? Novel. The second guessing and tension of placing the cards is excellent.
2009-10-16
Brad Kane
United States
Spokane
Washington
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8.5
Feb 2012
Played it!
2011-04-10
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Rik Van Horn
United States
Livonia
New York
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8.5
Nov 2009*
This is a much better version of Settlers with a space theme.
No stupid dice rolls and you aren't required to decide your territories before the game begins.

Owning this,I see no reason to ever play Settlers, outside of sheer nostalgia, ever again.
2011-11-27
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Andre
United States
Oakland
California
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8.5
Feb 2010
A blend of Settlers and Citadels. Not impressed my first play, but it's continued to grow on me. (As I've gotten better?) I'm interested in more plays to get better at figuring out what roles others are choosing and taking advantage.
2010-01-14
Erlend Flaten
Norway
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8.5
Mar 2011
I am pleasantly surprised by this game. It is a good and not too heavy or long. The strategy is quite subtle. It is all about trying to antisipate and profit from the others actions
2011-03-04
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Arthur Rutyna
United States
Plymouth
Michigan
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8.5
Nov 2013
Very good. Like the space theme with the exploration better than Catan. Like the more open & straightforward trading better than Catan. Don't get me wrong Settlers of Catan is a fine game. I do like everything about this one more. Find the options of building starships vs colonies vs scoring vs moving vs producing and timing it all very interesting.
2011-04-06
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Jaime Lawrence
Australia
Sydney
New South Wales
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8.5
Mar 2010
A sort of Settlers of Catan in space. Ad Astra casts you as a group of colonists trying to expand your race's influence over new planets in the various galaxies of the game. Interesting player dynamics and high production values.
2012-02-07
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United States
Raleigh
North Carolina
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8.5
Mar 2012
Update: upgraded from 8.2 to 8.5. Played for the first time in a long while and forgot how much I enjoy this game, and how many alternative strategies there are to explore.
2012-03-27
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Ron Olivier, Sr.
United States
North Smithfield
Rhode Island
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8.5
Mar 2010
Played this one as a Prototype and didn't like it at first. By the time the game was published, I had rethought my view. Although the resource management is reminiscent to Settlers, this game is quite unique.
2014-01-29
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