One of the titles Petersen Games will be Kickstarting later this year is Startropolis. This is one of those rare games that was NOT designed in house by Sandy or me, but rather brought to us by Jeff Petersen (no relation!), and Tony Mastrangeli of Steel Squire Games. The basic version of Startropolis is very fun, and a worthy game on its own. But they wanted us to add advanced rules to their core game. Hence, Sandy tasked me with developing extra rules – including some surprise asymmetric abilities! (You know you can’t have a Petersen Games game without those).
Build an Actual Space Station
The basic idea of Startropolis is that you are collectively building a space station. Though you construct it together, Startropolis is emphatically competitive – there is no cooperation here! On his or her turn, each player purchases and attaches a new module.
The type of module, as well as where you build and attach it changes your revenue and other stats. You win by earning the most money at the end, and where and how you attach the modules each round determines your income.
Today we’ll be talking a little bit about supply modules. Supply modules make more revenue for you when you connect them to two of the same type of module. They have two connections (one slot, or female connection, and one tab, or male connection). If the supply module is connected to a single other module, or to two different module types, then you only earn 3 credits from it each round.
However, if your supply module is connected to two commercial modules (one on each end), then you get more than twice as much – your revenue jumps up to a whopping 7 per round! You’re thinking that this is probably really difficult to ensure your supply module is attached to two similar modules, and well it is mostly.
There is a solution though on how to get it to work by using the rule that you don’t HAVE to attach the module you bought that turn. You can save your supply module and on your next turn you can connect two modules. So, it’s possible for you to buy a supply module and then wait to connect it when you can squeeze it into the perfect spot!
Just be wary of people noticing you didn’t attach as they’ll try to make it impossible for you to attach your precious module!
— Lincoln Petersen