I was practically raised on Star Trek. Not the original series where Shatner was so hmmm, you can roast a beautiful Sunday, but with the philosophical musings of The Next Generation, the tenacity of the Weyzer crew and the amazing character of Deep Space Nine. I am trying to say that Star Trek is ingrained in my personality and is a franchise that I am very fond of, so a board game that uses the famous Gene Roddenberry license is one that I care about .
Resists for a galactic scale, casting three players as mostly peaceful federations, bloodthirsty Klingons and stealthy Romulans, rather than focusing on one single crew or even one of the Enterprise Ascendancy. As they take their first steps in the galactic journey. You’ll jump your first temporary warp into a new system with unique planets and discover existing civilizations or giant space creatures or dangerous threats, colonize new worlds, build your industry, culture and research capabilities, increase fleet and wage wars, Completely. Everything you overacting in true Shatner style. If it sounds complicated then you want it right. The personal mechanics of ascension are actually relatively straight forward and easy to learn, but there is a lot of them.
Before being fair in the game, however, you have to choose which of the three factions you are playing as. Naturally, the Federation is involved, and along with earning culture tokens to discover new civilizations and stellar secrets, they are completely incapable of invading planets rather than relying on Hegde. The Klingons are the most warring of the three, their technology deck focused on increasing their destructive abilities. Speaking that they get a culture token to destroy three or more ships in a fight, so now you have the perfect excuse to do nothing and build a fleet and go to the ramparts. As Romulans, they found some sneaky techniques to research, including an improved version of their cloaking, which allows them to move non-stop from enemy space. Each race feels good enough that you can end up with a favorite faction and their abilities are practically solid. The Federation is encouraged to explore, bringing new civilizations into folded and strange space animals. The Klingons would simply charge and kill the goods, and the Romulans would pick up their opportune moment, researching a lot of technology. Yes, very thematic, although this is going to be as offensive as a weird feeling Federation. Instead of being based only on the history of Star Trek, think of climbing instead of replicating it. With that said, the game does not allow you to completely rewrite Star Trek lore; No matter how aggressive your federation is, they will never be allowed to taunt orbit and dispel the surface of a planet.
Of course, you also have to know how to win. A domination victory is achieved by getting on the bus and declaring all the rest. Grab all three domestic planets and you win, possibly standing atop a mountain of skulls and laughing like a chestnut. This also happens to be the most difficult method to achieve, however. Running through the home planet of an established race can be difficult, and the likelihood is that the third player will interfere or use the opportunity to attack depending on your own operations. The other way to get away from the table as a winner is the ascending win by five ascending tokens, which can be purchased for five culture tokens each. Essentially this is the game which states that your civilization has become a cultural superpower, a ray of light for all other species to admire. It’s not like this sort of thing will stop Klingon from trying to blow you away.
Your turn begins with the construction phase, where all the resources you have collected so far can be spent. New planets can be colonized by spending a culture token and a ship in orbit, allowing you to place a control node and then expand from there by adding research stations, production facilities, and cultural centers, to the point of Depends which planets can support you and resources at your disposal. At the end of the turn these nodes will produce the production, research, and culture tokens you need. New ships can also be produced on your home planet or at a space station for a production appi.
Once construction and colonization is finished it is time to move on to the command phase, where the bulk of the action takes place. Initially all players will be given five command tokens, indicating that they have five tasks to use on their turn. This amount can be increased throughout the game by researching new technology, creating space stations and occupying space stations.
Those threats to the system in themselves can be, as shown by a red number, that forces any ship to enter the system to die and destroy the risk.