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The Expanse PbP- Twilight Struggle IN SPAAAACE!!!

MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
edited May 19 in Critical Failures
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Overview
Based on the hit cancelled show, The Expanse combines the card system of Twilight Struggle (use either the action points on a card or the event text) and Through the Ages (available cards for purchase move down a track with newer cards costing more) as up to 4 players place influence on the board. 6 scoring cards will come up throughout the game and player's will score points for most control of the region like Twilight Struggle. The twist is that the player who takes the scoring card secretly gets to decide which region is being scored (max twice each region per game) as everyone gets the opportunity to play one more card before scoring happens. Highest score after the 6th score card wins!

Rules

Concepts
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Bases- The "land" areas of planets and asteroids (ex. The Eurasia, Africa, and Luna spaces on Earth). All marked with a resource symbol in the top right. This is where influence will be placed. Similar to regions in Twilight Struggle.

Orbitals- The orbital space around each planet or asteroid. This is where fleets are placed instead of influence. The fleets themselves do not count as influence, but you may only place influence on bases where you have at least 1 fleet in orbit. In addition, the player with the most fleets in orbit during scoring gets a +1 bonus when determining influence on EACH base underneath that orbital (must have at least 1 influence on the base to get the bonus).

Sectors- There are 3 sectors: inner planets (Earth + Mars), the belt (5 asteroids with 1 base each), and the outer planets (Jupiter + Saturn). Sectors only come into play during scoring. Having the most influence on a base during scoring is usually only worth 1 "control point" (victory point). Bases within the chosen bonus sector for that scoring are worth more points for 1st/2nd/3rd place. Values listed on the top right scoring table, with the values increasing for each of the 6 score cards played during the game.

Bands- The map is divided into 4 "bands" (inner planets, the belt, then one band each for Jupiter and Saturn). Bands are only used as movement spaces when moving fleets around (1 action point to move a fleet group from one orbital to another up to 1 band away).

The Rocinante- The ship flown by our plucky protagonists! The Millennium Falcon meets the Serenity meets Jefferson Clay's Dreadnaught (major bonus points to anyone who gets that reference). The player who currently controls it gains access to special actions. Control is first given to the player who goes last, then transfers after every scoring event to the player with the lowest score. Basically a catch up mechanic.

Player Turn
On a player's turn, they have 2 options.
1. Buy a card from the track (right most side of board).
2. Play an event from a previously stored card

Buy a card
Pay the card's control point cost (yes, you pay with VP) listed on its track position (topmost card is free, next two cost 1, last two cost 2). Cards are slid up towards the zero space to fill any gap. Draw a new card to place in the bottom empty spot.

Using a card
A score card immediately triggers the next scoring event.

For all other cards, the player may:

A. USE THE EVENT
B. USE THE ACTION POINTS

A. USE THE EVENT
This option may only be chosen if the current player’s Faction Icon is on the card. Simply follow the text, then discard the card
You may pay 1 additional control point to store the card in order to play the event on a future turn (no limit to stored cards).

B. USE THE ACTION POINTS
Similar to the op points in Twilight Struggle. Receive the number of action points listed in the top right of the card.
Each action point can be used to:
• Move- Move a group of fleets on the map from one orbital to another orbital up to 1 band away.
• Influence- Place an influence cube on a base where you have at least 1 fleet in orbit.
• Build- Place a fleet on your faction's home orbital (UN: Earth, MCR: Mars, OPA: Tycho, PG: Thoth). Each faction starts with all fleets in play, but fleets can be removed during the game.

After the player has used all the action points, other players have the option of using that card's event (if able). Going initiative order, each player can use the event or pass. If a player uses the event, carry it out, then that player moves to the bottom of the initiative track and everyone else moves up a space.

Scoring
When a score card is purchased by a player.

1. Active Player secretly selects the Bonus Sector
Each sector has 2 tokens, meaning each sector can at most be selected as the bonus twice in one game.
2. Each player has the option to play one Kept Event or a Rocinante Event.
Starting clockwise from the active player, everyone may play one Kept or Rocinante event.
3. Score each base
1 control point for having the most influence in a base. Bases in the bonus sector go by the current value listed on the
scoring chart depending on how many score cards have been played already. If a base has one of the two resource
symbols listed on the 1st place player's faction sheet, they receive 1 additional control point.
4. Gain new Faction Abilities
Each player receive's their faction's “I” tech card after the first Scoring Round. “II” after the second, etc.
5. Build one fleet
Each player who has any fleets off the board may place one on their home Base (OPA Scrap Ships may not be placed
this way).
6. Determine Rocinante control
The ROCINANTE card is given to the player with the fewest Control Points. If two players are tied, then it goes to the
player who is lowest on the Initiative track.

The Rocinante
The Rocinante is always controlled by a player. At the start of the game it is controlled by the player who goes last, and then after each scoring round control is given to the player with the fewest Control Points. When the Rocinante
changes hands the fleet is not moved on the map. It remains in its current Orbital. The Rocinante mat is given
to the player, both to show who is controlling it, and the special abilities. Controlling the Rocinante gives two advantages:

1. It counts as a fleet for all purposes, except that it may NEVER be removed. Any effect that removes a fleet cannot be used against the Rocinante.
2. During a Scoring round, instead of playing a Kept Event, the controlling player may select one of the four special abilities, as noted on the mat:

• James Holden- Place 1 influence anywhere
• Naomi Nagata- Move the Rocinante 1 band, and remove 1 opposing fleet in the destination
• Alex Kamal - Move the Rocinante anywhere
• Amos Burton- Remove 1 opposing fleet in the Rocinante Orbital for each friendly fleet there (including the Rocinante).

Final scoring and victory
As soon as the sixth SCORE card is drawn from the deck the game immediately proceeds to the Final Scoring turn. The sixth SCORE card is not selected by a player. The game just ends immediately when it is drawn at the end of a turn.
If there are any SCORE cards on the Action Track they are discarded and not scored. This means that there may be fewer than five Bonus Sectors selected.

When the game ends, the players do Final Scoring using the normal Score procedure, except that no Bonus Sector is selected.
The player to the left of the player holding the Rocinante card must decide if they will use a Kept Event first. So the player holding the Rocinante will get the last chance to play a Kept Event or use a Rocinante ability before scoring.

After each player has a chance to play an Event, ALL BASES are scored for 5/3/1 points for first/second/third regardless of what Sector they are in. The Critical Resource bonus can still be earned as normal.

The player with the most Control Points wins the game. If there is a tie, then the player that is higher on the Initiative Track is the winner.

Special stuff (battleships and scrap ships)
Battleships and scrap ships are available to certain factors. They function exactly as a fleet, only their strength values during scoring are 2 and 1/2, respectively.

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Posts

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Because I'm selfish and there's really no hidden information in the game (besides the bonus sector for each scoring that happens only 5 times in the game; I'm sure we can get a neutral party to ref that), I'll be playing in this one.

    3 more slots open.

  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    Sign up!

  • PhyphorPhyphor Building Planet Busters Tasting FruitRegistered User regular
    Sounds interesting

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  • KetarKetar My autocomplete is a tad agressive today.Registered User regular
    This looks very cool, but I have a hard enough time remembering what I meant to do or should do in TI4 - a game that I know how to play. I'll just keep an eye on this one.

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Ketar wrote: »
    This looks very cool, but I have a hard enough time remembering what I meant to do or should do in TI4 - a game that I know how to play. I'll just keep an eye on this one.

    Would you mind reffing? :D

    All you'd have to is get a PM five times over the course of the game which bonus sector someone chose during scoring.

  • KetarKetar My autocomplete is a tad agressive today.Registered User regular
    MrBody wrote: »
    Ketar wrote: »
    This looks very cool, but I have a hard enough time remembering what I meant to do or should do in TI4 - a game that I know how to play. I'll just keep an eye on this one.

    Would you mind reffing? :D

    All you'd have to is get a PM five times over the course of the game which bonus sector someone chose during scoring.

    Sure, that sounds reasonable.

  • discriderdiscrider Registered User regular
    <_<
    MrBody wrote: »
    Because I'm selfish and there's really no hidden information in the game (besides the bonus sector for each scoring that happens only 5 times in the game; I'm sure we can get a neutral party to ref that), I'll be playing in this one.

    3 more slots open.
    Technically, there is the deck of cards...

    I'd be happy to play, and I guess I skipped over that Valhalla game...

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Well...I guess there's the honor system that I won't peek at the cards.

    I'm not even going to look at what the cards are beforehand. It's hard imagining what kind of "gotcha" cards there are like Twilight Struggle when there are 4 sides and so many events can be used by multiple sides.

  • discriderdiscrider Registered User regular
    Nah.
    Obviously if you win, it will all be due to your rampant cheating.
    :P

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    Preda
  • DaemonisDaemonis Registered User regular
    Sign up!

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    I'll be looking to start this tomorrow. Will do a random roll for 3 players among the volunteers.

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    geth roll 1d1000 for Preda
    geth roll 1d1000 for discrider
    geth roll 1d1000 for Phyphor
    geth roll 1d1000 for Daemonis

    Preda:
    1d1000 225 [1d1000=225]
    discrider:
    1d1000 214 [1d1000=214]
    Phyphor:
    1d1000 936 [1d1000=936]
    Daemonis:
    1d1000 949 [1d1000=949]

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    edited May 22
    @preda
    @Phyphor
    @Daemonis

    Choose a faction. I'll just take what's left over.

    I have no idea if these are major spoilers for the show!!!! You have been warned.

    Update: I just started watching the show so nothing that comes up would be spoiled. Pretty decent show. You could call it Sci-Fi Game of Thrones in space, with a lot of the tone from Battlestar Galactica.

    Anyway, if you haven't seen it and wanted to, I would highly recommend binge watching the 1st season quickly before you get too far into this. There's no specific major spoilers to the level of Boomer or Dee in the BSG game, but there is some vague spoilers of things that don't come up in the show until later.


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  • discriderdiscrider Registered User regular
    More rampant cheating!

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Discrider was the first against the wall in the initial violent O.P.A. terrorist uprising.

    discrider
  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    Dibs on Mars!

  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
  • DaemonisDaemonis Registered User regular
    I thought we do it in order. I have no preference so
    Geth roll 1d3 for factions

    factions:
    1d3 3 [1d3=3]

  • DaemonisDaemonis Registered User regular
    UN then

  • PhyphorPhyphor Building Planet Busters Tasting FruitRegistered User regular
    Same
    Geth roll 1d2

    1d2 1 [1d2=1]

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  • PhyphorPhyphor Building Planet Busters Tasting FruitRegistered User regular
    Alright I guess I'm OPA

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    I shall be the vague spoiler of Protogen!

    Mars
    UN
    OPA
    Protogen

    geth roll 1d4 for first player

    first player:
    1d4 4 [1d4=4]

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Protogen first player. Turn order will go to Mars downward. Initiative starts off in reverse turn order with OPA being top.

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    edited May 22
    1st score period

    Board (Rocinante should be in Tycho orbit, under OPA control)
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    Cards
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    Factions (techs not available yet)
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    Preda
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    Daemonis
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    Phyphor
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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    edited May 22
    Protogen

    Take the Assassin for 0 CP. Use the action points.
    1. Move both fleets from Thoth to Vesta
    2. Place 1 influence on Vesta


    No one has any kept cards so the Assassin event is pointless.

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
  • discriderdiscrider Registered User regular
    MrBody wrote: »
    Protogen

    Take the Assassin for 0 CP. Use the action points.
    1. Move both fleets from Thoth to Vesta
    2. Place 1 influence on Vesta


    No one has any kept cards so the Assassin event is pointless.

    Not true.
    Mars or OPA can now spend 1 point to keep the assassinate card if they want.

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  • discriderdiscrider Registered User regular
    edited May 22
    @Phyphor then @Preda for keeping this card for 1 (and going to the bottom of the initiative order)

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  • discriderdiscrider Registered User regular
    edited May 22
    MrBody wrote: »
    Protogen first player. Turn order will go to Mars downward. Initiative starts off in reverse turn order with OPA being top.

    ???
    Ah. I thought Initiative determined turn order.
    It does not.

    Playing/keeping cards on another player's turn sends you to the bottom of the initiative track:

    Current Initiative:
    @Phyphor to perhaps keep Assassinate (or play it to get rid of it?!)
    Daemonis
    @Preda to perhaps keep Assassinate after Phyphor
    MrBody

    It seems like A Good Idea to hold at least one card, as everyone can play a Kept card (or the Rociante ship actions if you're currently Phyphor) between a scoring card being played and the actual scoring phase.

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Ah, oops. I thought the piggybackers had to use the event immediately.

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    Updated map description to show that OPA player currently controls the Rocinante in Tycho orbit.

  • PhyphorPhyphor Building Planet Busters Tasting FruitRegistered User regular
    I will pass on keeping that

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    Not keeping assassin. Play memory cript for event. put 1 influence on The rings and Titan.

    @MrBody to refresh cards.

  • discriderdiscrider Registered User regular
    Preda wrote: »
    Not keeping assassin. Play memory cript for event. put 1 influence on The rings and Titan.

    @MrBody to refresh cards.

    You can't play that card, Mars

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  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
  • discriderdiscrider Registered User regular
    @Preda appears to be awake?
    Your faction icon is not on the card you wished to play, so you need to revise your orders.

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  • PredaPreda Registered User regular
    Ops... Play the same card for ops. Put 1 influence in the rings and 2 on Titan.

    @Phyphor for the chance to play the event

  • DaemonisDaemonis Registered User regular
    Is it Phyphor or me? I'm confused with ordering.

  • MrBodyMrBody Registered User regular
    This goes by initiative ordering shown on the board. If you use the event, you go to the bottom of the initiate track.

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