Star Realms Deck Building Game (Card Game)

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Star Realms is a spaceship combat deck-building game by Magic Hall of Famers Darwin Kastle (Battle for Hill 218) and Rob Dougherty (Ascension Co-designer).

Star Realms is a fast paced deck-building card game of outer space combat. It combines the fun of a deck-building game with the interactivity of Trading Card Game style combat. As you play, you make use of Trade to acquire new Ships and Bases from the cards being turned face up in the Trade Row from the Trade Deck. You use the Ships and Bases you acquire to either generate more Trade or to generate Combat to attack your opponent and their bases. When you reduce your opponent’s score (called Authority) to zero, you win!

With multiple decks of Star Realms, one for each two people, you can play scenarios that allow for up to six players.

Product Details

Boards & Dice
13 Jul 2015
Strategy Games
Game Mechanic
Year Published
Star Realms
# of Players
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players,Recommended with 2, more than 2 players
Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
20 minutes
Game Designer
  • Robert Dougherty
  • Darwin Kastle
White Wizard Games
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
Language Dependence
Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
  • 2014 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Nominee
  • 2014 Golden Geek Best 2-Player Board Game Winner
  • 2014 Golden Geek Best Card Game Nominee
  • 2014 Golden Geek Best Card Game Winner 2014 Golden Geek Best Strategy Board Game Nominee
  • 2014 Golden Geek Board
Expansion Sets
  • Star Realms: Cosmic Gambits
  • Star Realms: Crisis – Bases & Battleships
  • Star Realms: Crisis – Events
  • Star Realms: Crisis – Fleets & Fortresses Star Realms: Crisis – Heroes
  • Star Realms: Gambit Set
  • Star Realms: Game Day Pack
  • Star Realms: Mech World Hum
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Customer Reviews

Amazing 2 player card game

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Would definitely recommend for anyone who want a fun repayable card game for 2 players.
Has many expansions if you somehow get bored.
More than 2 players? No problem just buy two more base game card packs and you can play with up to 6 players!
Definitely worth the money even if just for the beautiful artwork on each card.

Good filler game

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Not super long, 20-30 mins max
Simple simple rules, endless possibilities.
2 player only.
Super good value for money!

A great one-on-one card game

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A deck builder worth every penny (bundle a few expansion packs with it). Gives you the feel of a Magic: The Gathering card game without all the card collecting and customisation. This game could get you into MTG though!

A quick pick up and play game

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This is one of those learn but hard to master games. Once you know how one or two of the main mechanics of the game work, then its just a case of making the best decisions on which card to buy from the trade row to use in the following rounds.

The game has a competitive feel to to it without it seeming like you cant play a casual pickup game.

For a long while, this was my wind down game after a few hard core xwing rounds, which always ended up be an entertaining few r

Quick but with depth

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I play this with my nephew and with non-interested adults as well. Really great fun for about 15-20min a game. Highly recommended.

Awesome Game

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The cards are neat and this is a great game to play with friends. Very quick to get the hang of it and very fun to play. The game is never the same.

Great game. Easy to learn, difficult to master. I've played a lot of similar games and this is definitely one of the best.

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Im not a huge Deck building fan,but this simple, elegant play with its quick paced combat spaceship deck-building game has made a fan out of me :)
The aim is to destroy your all your opponents "Authority" ie their life; thereby destroying their entire space fleet that they have worked so hard to buy. I picked up the game play of Star Realms within a few minutes. That experience made me want to play more and more.
A game usually takes about 20 minutes to complete. Despite this quick play time the game offers a wide range of options, attacks and strategies and feels like a complete satisfying game every time. It is well worth having on you shelf. The expansions are not necessary though do add an extra dimension to your quest of inhalation.
It says for ages 12+, but I play with my 10 year old & he has no difficulty with game play or destroying all my "Authority".
The cards are good quality and the card art is excellent.