The Space War

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The rules of this game is the same for offline play, online play, casual play and tournament play.

You are a commander of a space station in war with another commander and space station. The crew on your station can build spaceships, missiles, defense shields and other things which can attack the enemy station in various ways.

If your station gets damaged, you have to flip that many station cards and if you have no station cards left to flip you lose the game.


Each player has a deck of 60 cards, called the draw pile, and it is located on the left. Below it is the discard pile.

Each player places the three Station Rule Cards in sequence on the right side (see image below).

Decide randomly which player will choose who starts the game.

Each player shuffle their draw pile and draws 6 cards to their hand. Decide who will start the game. The person that will not start the game draws one additional card.

Each player choose 3 cards from his or her hand that will form the initial station cards of that player (first time players can choose cards that has the highest number at the top left on the cards). Place those 3 chosen cards face down next to the Station Rule Cards so that there is 1 face down card in each of the 3 rows.

The person that will not start the game places 1 additional station card in the row he/she chooses. Now both players has 3 cards remaining in the hand.

Select one of the commanders in secret and place it face down on the left of the draw pile. When both players are ready, the commanders are flipped and revealed at the same time and the game begins.

Station Cards

In your draw phase, draw:
1 card
for each card in this station row.
In your action phase, receive:
2 actions
for each card in this station row.
In your discard phase, keep:
3 cards
for each card in this station row.

More explanation in The Turn.

Table Setup

There are two zones. Home zone on your part of the table and the enemy zone on the opponents part of the table.

The Cards

At the top left on the cards is a number representing how many actions it cost to play a card. Cards that cost 0 can be played in any moment, even in the opponents turn.

The Turn

Each turn consists of the following steps. It follows the Station Rule Cards from top to bottom:

  1. Draw phase: you must draw 1 card for each station card in the first row.
  2. Action phase: you receive 2 actions for each station card in the second row.
    First if you have any duration cards in play decide which ones to keep by paying their action costs and which ones to instead move to your discard pile.
    Spend your actions to play cards from your hand.
    You can either put down one card from your hand face down as a new station card in one of the 3 station rows (if you have less than the maximum of 8 station cards) or move one station card from one row to another.
    Actions cannot be saved for the next turn.
  3. Discard phase: if you have more cards in hand than 3 times the number of station cards in the third row discard to the amount of cards allowed. For example having 1 station card in the last row allows you to keep 3 cards in your hand, 2 station cards allows you to keep 6.
  4. Attack phase: move and/or attack with each spaceship, missile or cannon one by one and in the order you choose.


You attack with your spaceships, missiles and cannons in the attack phase.

You can only attack enemies in the same zone.

Your spaceship, missile or cannon can always attack an enemy card in your home zone, even on it's first turn.

When you attack another card, the card receives damage equal to the attack value (red) of the attacker. If damage is equal to or more than the defense value (green) the card is destroyed and moved to the discard pile. The attacker does not risk getting damage when it is attacking and damage is not automatically healed. Use a die to keep track of damage.

If you attack the enemy station you flip that many face down station cards of the opponent and if he/she has no more station cards to flip you win the game.

Flipped Station Cards

Station cards that has been damaged (flipped) so that they are no longer face down can be played, but they are not considered to be on the hand. So for example 0 cost cards can be played at any moment, other cards can be played in your action phase.

Flipped station cards are still counted as normal (drawing, actions, hand size limit).

Empty Draw Pile

If you have no cards left in your draw pile at the beginning of your draw phase (before drawing cards) your station gets 3 damage (opponent flips 3 of your station cards).

If you need to draw but cannot, then simply ignore the draw requirement.


There are a few special spaceships that can repair. Just as attacking you can only repair a target in the same zone. If a spaceship is paralyzed, the paralyze will be removed when repaired (in additional to repair of damage). A repair ship can repair itself (but not if it is paralyzed).


Ability is something a spaceship card can do instead of attacking.

Slow ability is something a spaceship card can do instead of attacking but cannot be done if the spaceship has entered play this turn.

Counter a card means that a card played from the opponents hand does not enter play and goes straight to the discard pile. All the text on the countered card are ignored and any actions that was spent playing the countered card has been lost.

Put into play means that the card (that is not coming from the hand) is placed in the players home zone directly without any cost. It cannot be countered by the opponent.

Discard means to move cards from your hand to the discard pile (if there are enough cards in the hand).

Discard from play means to move one of your own cards from the play area to your discard pile.

From anywhere to take a card from anywhere means that you can search for it in your draw pile, discard pile and your station cards. If you searched your draw pile it has to be shuffled.

No effect means that all text on the card is ignored. For example a duration card could have no effect but it still has to be paid for or discarded from play as normal at the start of the action phase.

Counters (noun) can be added to a few cards in the game. Use for example a die on the card to indicate the current amount of counters.

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