Men go crazy in congregations; they only get better one by one
The Unity Rulebook represents what we expect will become the definitive version of a game that has gone through several updates over more than two decades. In that time, players around the world have grown to love Starmada for its shallow learning curve, depth of experience, and ease of play, even as they differ over which release represents the One True Vision.
The goal of this edition, designated PROJECT UNITY, was to draw from the best parts of each incarnation of the game, from the Compendium and Starmada X, through the Admiralty Edition and 2012's Nova Rulebook, and unify those concepts in a way that allows experienced starship captains to continue enjoying the game they love while drawing new players into the fold.
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On May 31, 1916, the dreadnought battleships of Great Britain and Germany met for the first, and only, time. All told, 250 warships carrying upwards of 100,000 sailors clashed in the cold grey seas of the North Sea, with the outcome of the Great War in the balance. By the time the fleets separated the following morning, nearly 200,000 tons of shipping lay on the sea floor.
Now, players can refight this epic engagement with Grand Fleets ship data cards representing the forces of the British Grand Fleet and German Hochseeflotte.
Jutland: Data Cards covers every major warship involved in the Battle of Jutland, from mighty battleships to fast light cruisers: 109 in all. Each full-color data card includes game data and a silhouette of the ship. These cards are the same size as standard playing cards, allowing players to slip them into common deck protectors and track damage with a dry erase marker that will wipe clean after the battle!
At the turn of the century, the idea that an upstart Asian nation could defeat one of the European Great Powers was laughable. Japan may have unexpectedly prevailed against China ten years earlier, but few had any doubts Russian battleships would make quick work of the Combined Fleet.
Admiral Togo largely answered those doubts with his surprise attack on Port Arthur. The war which followed was the first to translate the rapid technological advances of the late 19th century into massive casualty counts, presaging the killing fields of Flanders, leading many to dub it "World War Zero".
In addition to eight historical scenarios, Tsar & Emperor contains a total of 160 individual ship cards, including more than 80 named ships from over 50 different classes of the Imperial Japanese and Russian Navies, alongside selected ships of the pre-World War period from the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, the Chinese Beiyang Fleet, and the Ottoman Empire.
Can you preserve the honor of the Tsar against naked aggression? Or will you advance the Emperor's dream of a modern Japan, taking her rightful place on the world stage?