Space Explorers is a tableau building game for 2-4 players, ages 12+, and plays in about 20-40 mins. It is designed by Yuri Zhuravljov, best known for designing Viceroy, and is illustrated by Alexey Kot.
Shuffle and deal 6 cards into the middle of the table along with a number of spacecraft project tokens equal to the number of players plus two. Each player receives one of each Resource token type, Hub divider, Reference card, and a Specialist card from the deck.
On your turn, you may perform one of the following two actions:
- Take a Specialist card from the Center or draw deck
- Recruit a Specialist from the Center or your hand into your Hub
To recruit a Specialist into your Hub, you must have enough Resources. The Resource costcan be found in the lower left corner of the card. Abilities of the Specialist are in the lower right. The Division in your Hub that the Specialist can be placed is located in the upper left corner.
Resources to recruit a Specialist can be acquired by passing those tokens to the player on your left as well as returning a Specialist card from your hand to the Center (counts as two wild resources). Some of your recruited Specialists in your Hub can even count toward Resource requirements, depending on their specific abilities.
After you’ve recruited a Specialist or taken one into your hand, you can check to see if you have the necessary Skills from your Hub Specialists to launch a spacecraft project. Check to see if the Skill requirements on the Project token total the number of the same Skills in your Hub. If so, you may launch that project by collecting the spacecraft token, only launching one even if you qualify for more than one on a single turn.
When a player has recruited their 12th Specialist into their Hub or the last remaining project has been launched, the end game is triggered. Players will finish out the round so that every player has an equal number of turns. Project points and Specialist card points are tallied and the highest total is the winner!