Core Worlds Galactic Orders
The Galactic Realm has collapsed! As a barbarian Star Empire on the fringes of the galaxy, you must seize this moment to lead your kingdom on a strike against the Core Worlds!
However, the six Galactic Orders of the Realm still exist, and continue to wield tremendous power. Your fledgling Empire must forge alliances with these powerful Orders, calling upon their aid tactically… or drawing upon them strategically in the final push to assume the mantle of galactic supremacy!
Core Worlds: Galactic Orders is the highly anticipated first expansion to the one of the galaxy’s hottest new deck-building games!
In Core Worlds: Galactic Orders, players begin to forge alliances with the six Galactic Orders, powerful organizations that have maintained their independence in the midst of a crumbling empire.
These Orders were represented in the base set of Core Worlds by the six Prestige Cards: the Galactic Senate, the Science Guild, the Merchant Alliance, the Mining Coalition, the Order of Knighthood, and the Mystic Brotherhood. The Core Worlds: Galactic Orders expansion focuses on these six independent organizations and their influence upon a galaxy at war.
Many players noted the enigmatic icons on many of their Units and Tactics cards in the base set of Core Worlds, and the rulebook mentioned that these would be used in future expansions. Well, this is the first expansion to use them! Each Galactic Order is represented on the table by a large Galactic Order Card that specifies the special power associated with that Order, and each player starts with 20 Faction Tokens that match the Faction symbols on their Starting Decks.
Whenever you deploy a Unit or play a Tactic with a Galactic Order Icon on it, you get to place your Faction Token onto the corresponding Galactic Order Card. If you leave your Faction Token on that Galactic Order Card for the remainder of the game, then you’ll score bonus points at the end of the game if you have the most Faction Tokens on that Galactic Order Card. However, if you wish to use the special power associated with a particular Galactic Order, then you must remove one of your Faction Tokens from that Galactic Order.
Therefore, you must strategically balance your use of the Galactic Order powers throughout the game with your hope to score the most points from that Galactic Order Card at the end of the game. Furthermore, the amount of points you receive is variable based on the number of tokens you have on the Galactic Order Card, so even if you will clearly win a particular Galactic Order, using its power will still diminish your final score.
So what kinds of powers do these Galactic Orders provide that could tempt you to spend your Faction Tokens and thereby reduce your final score to use them? Well, the Galactic Senate lets you take an extra Action, the Mystic Brotherhood lets you draw 3 cards, and the Order of Knighthood lets you add +2 Fleet Strength or +2 Ground Strength to any Invasion. How’s that for temptation?
And to add further temptation, there are also a whole slew of new Units and Tactics added to each Galactic Deck that allow you to spend your Faction Tokens in unique ways. For example, the Mutant Berserker (see right) will allow you to spend one of your Faction Tokens from the Science Guild to allow it to stay in play after invading a World. That’s not normally how the Science Guild works, but many Units like the Berserker provide you with a whole new universe of ways to spend your tokens.
Now you might be thinking that these tokens make the game easier since they provide so many new options to players. However, we have also added a new card type, Events, that provide new challenges for players as they advance into the different Sectors of the game.
Most of these Events provide players with a choice of how they are affected by the Event, so therefore players must decide the best way to face each of these challenges. For example, if the Prince of the Realm (see left) shows up in Sector 5, players must choose to spend either 1 extra Action or 2 extra Energy to draft a Prestige Card. Similarly, if the Local Mercs show up in Sector 3, players must choose whether or not to pay them off by spending 2 extra Energy when invading a World; otherwise, they’ll have to fight the Mercs, who provide the World with +1 Fleet Strength and +1 Ground Strength. And since the Events are keyed to specific Sectors, players also get a stronger sense of the flavor of the Core Worlds universe as they travel deeper and deeper towards the galactic core.
- 93 new Cards
- 6 large Galactic Orders cards
- 126 Faction Tokens
- 5 Raven Tokens
- 1 Rulebook
…and a custom cardboard insert to hold all of these components and plus those from base game of Core Worlds!
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