Star Crashing

What is Star Crashing?

Star Crashing is a project that has been years in the making for me. It started out with a simple idea for a board game, which I created by cutting up pieces of paper and hand writing all of the information. I played the game with some old friends, and we all agreed… that it needed a lot of work. Over the past 2+ years I have tweaked, play-tested, and built a board game that I am genuinely proud of.

Now I’m at the stage where I want to get feedback from neutral parties- and that’s where I’m hoping you come in! I have created 3 prototype games that are available for me to ship anywhere in the US. I am hoping that people who are passionate about board games and have a good group of friends would be willing to give Star Crashing a try!

What is the Game Premise?

The year is 2900, and humanity has decided to branch out into the galaxy and find new planets to colonize. Scans have shown that a previously unidentified galaxy has a number of planets with potential for colonization. However, these scans can only show so much data- in order to know which planet is the best option, advanced scout teams must be sent to the galaxy and research must be done to find the best option. You are one of the head scouts, assigned a ship to travel ahead of the colonizing fleet to determine which planet is the one where your people will start a new life.

Star Crashing Gameplay:

Star Crashing is a combination of different game styles culminating into a competitive strategy game. The best way I can describe it is a mashup between Clue and Settlers of Catan. The object of the game is to travel around the board and find information about the planets available within the allotted amount of time. Once time is up, each player chooses a planet to inhabit, and the player who chooses the best planet wins!

The research mechanic is the most important feature of Star Crashing- players go from planet to planet and spend fuel to learn information about the planets they visit, which each have a randomized set of attributes. These attributes are researched individually by each player, so learning information and keeping it to yourself gives you an advantage over the other players. Every players has limited fuel reserves, so a lot of the game is about prioritizing the amount of information you research versus the other actions you can take.

How long does the game take?

There are three different types of gameplay, with each type of play varying in the amount of time per game. On average, one game of Star Crashing with the standard rules lasts between 1- 1.5 hours depending on the number of players and how many people have played the game before. Advanced gameplay option takes between 1.5 to 2 hours, and lightning round gameplay lasts from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

How many people can play?

The game allows for 3-6 players, though I recommend 4-5 players for your first run-through.

How do I try out the game? 

If you like everything you’ve learned about Star Crashing and are interested in trying the game out, please E-Mail jsdixonvab@gmail.com and I will send you an application with the information I need to send you one of my prototypes. I will also ask you to sign a brief disclaimer. Once you have filled in the documents, I will ship you one of my prototypes free of charge and you can give the game a try!

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