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Catan Starfarers Board Game

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3 - 4
Year Published
Catan Studios

A Classic Returns!

Compete for the prestigious post of Ambassador to the Galactic Council. To attain this lofty position, players must leave Terra and the known planets to explore and colonize the galaxy, while working to establish trade with alien cultures, encounter aliens and defeat pirates. Victory to the brave and astute explorer who luck smiles upon.

This new edition has completely revised game materials. A new variable board and modular discovery system brings even more variety in the exploration of space.Discover the joy of tricking out your Starfarers' mothership. Add boosters to fly faster, lock on freight pods to increase your bargaining power, and chase pirates off with your cannons.

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Sagrilarus replied the topic: #298805 24 Jun 2019 12:31
I really enjoyed this game when it came out. Then my buddies got a copy with the expansion and it became overwrought and clunky. Here's hoping the new version allows you to play with or without.

My game group still has a phrase -- "Jeffing" which is an indication that someone forgot to take something on their turn and than a couple of player turns later just reaches across the board to the bank and takes it, apparently at random. Our friend Jeff would forget to take his free resource during his turn in this game, on a fairly regular basis, and would just grab it in the middle of someone else's turn. The first time he did it none of us had any clue what he was doing, so my buddy Bob figured it was open season and just reached across and took something too. The rest of us followed suit, and Jeff had to explain why he grabbed the resource. We all said "me too" and Jeff then got pissy with us. That was the special moment that sealed it.

Eventually we opted to officially define it, "taking something you were supposed to get on your turn at least two people's turns after yours." We still use the phrase now, 10 or 12 years later, in spite of Jeff no longer attending and Bob having moved away to Missouri.
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jason10mm replied the topic: #298806 24 Jun 2019 12:39
Wow, was JUST mentioning that this game was due for a reprint this past weekend! Was playing classic Merchants of Venus and bemoaning the lack of on-board info. Starfarers of Catan style physical upgradable ships would have been perfect. I hope they fix the breaking clip issue :P
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RobertB replied the topic: #298836 25 Jun 2019 10:21
Maybe I should play it again. I played it once a while back. I remember the ships being pretty cool, and the game taking four hours to play.
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ubarose replied the topic: #298839 25 Jun 2019 10:28
The thing I remember most is the ships were always getting knocked over and falling apart. So I'm thinking that the "all new" materials refers to redesigned ships that are less fragile.