Episode 81: The Final Frontiers!

This week Dustin and Rick review every single card of the brand new digital Star Realms expansion: FRONTIERS. Hear hot takes and discussions around new strategies based on this new expansion!

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New Star Realms Web Series!

The amazing Ori Kagan has produced a new web series called Scouts Vs Vipers. The title hails from one of the most fundamental questions amongst regular SR players – Do you scrap Scouts first, or Vipers.

The answer? You’ll find some insights (or Ori’s perspective) in the video! Great work!

 

 

Guide to Online Leagues

This post provides a guide to the various online Star Realms leagues/tournaments played using the Star Realms digital app.  These are all free, fan-created leagues.

Summary of Ongoing Fan-Created Leagues, with more details about each below:

  • BoardGameGeek League
  • Facebook Tiered League
  • Star Realms Premier Circuit
  • Pan Galactic League & Nebula Minor League
  • Endurance Challenge
  • Sunday Casual Series
  • Tournament of the 8 Admirals
  • Star Realms: Galactic Summit Tournament Series

BoardGameGeek (BGG) League

Description: This is the oldest-running online Star Realms league.  The BGG League is a series of simultaneous round-robin tournaments. It is subdivided into multiple divisions which are layered in a pyramidal structure.  The top division is the Platinum Tier; below that are two Gold Tier divisions, four Silver Tier divisions, eight Bronze Tier divisions, and up to sixteen Iron Tier divisions.  Players move up or down between Tiers based on their performance during a season.

Expansions Required: No specific expansions are required, unless, perhaps, if you advance to the higher tiers.

Website: The Main BGG League thread at boardgamegeek.com

How to Join: Post in the BGG Wait List Thread, including your Star Realms IGN, expansion preference, and contact preference.

Commissioner: networktoast, with the help of several division commissioners

Previous Winner: Season 42 Platinum Tier winner – Wheels

Facebook Tiered League (FTL)

Description: The FTL uses a tiered structure similar to the BGG League.  FTL uses challonge.com for game management.   Full League Rules.

Expansions Required: A different combination of expansions is used each season.  To participate in that season you will need to own the applicable expansions.  For example, FTL Season 12 used W-C2KUA (Colony Wars, Cosmic Gambits, Promos 2, Command, United Heroes, Assault).

Websites: 1. FLT Facebook Group. 2. Challonge Community.

How to Join: Join the FLT Facebook Group and register with challonge.com.  The Commissioner will post a signup thread in the Facebook Group when a new season is ready to start.

Commissioner: Hypaspist, with the help of several tier commissioners

Previous Winner: Season 12 Capitol World Tier winner – rawlinpa (won tie-break over CrankyDay)

Star Realms Premier Circuit (SRPC)

Description: The SRPC follows the pro tennis circuit model.  Over the course of a year the “Circuit” consists of 9 online tournaments (including three Grand Slams) and a Season Final.  Players are ranked according to their performance over the previous 10 events.  Each tournament is run using challonge.com.

Expansions Required: A different combination of expansions is used each event.  To participate in all 10 events of a Season, you must own all available expansions in the digital app.  You are not required to participate in all 10 events, so you can participate in only the events that use expansions you own if you wish.

Websites: 1. SRPC Official Website. 2. Challonge Community. 3. SRPC Facebook Group

How to Join: Join the SRPC Facebook Group, subscribe to the BGG thread, and/or join the SRPC Discord Server to be notified when to register for individual events.  You must also register with challonge.com.

Commissioner: Darklighter

Current #1 Ranked Player: Chazzmo

Previous Event Winner: SonofThoth94 (won Event 1 of Season 2)

Pan Galactic League (PGL) & Nebula Minor League (NML)

Description: The PGL and NML are organized like a baseball season, with each player in a different division.  The PGL is the equivalent of the “major leagues” and the NML is the equivalent of the “minor leagues.”

Players play several 3-game series against each player in their division, as well as one 4-game series against each player in the other divisions.  Players play 2 of these series each week, for a total of 164 games (PGL), or 117 games (NML), over the course of a season.  The top player in each division, as well as a few wild cards, advance to a single elimination playoff.  Players can advance from NML to PGL, or drop from PGL to NML, based on performance.

Expansions Required: All expansions required.

WebsiteBGG Thread.

How to Join: Send a PM to the Commissioner, “Carnie” (BGG id valpocarnie).  He will add you to the wait list.  You will be added to the NML as spaces open up.

Commissioner: Carnie, with the help of Darklighter who manages the NML

Previous Winner: Season 6 PGL winner – Deegan; Season 6 NML winner – SonofThoth94

Endurance Challenge (EC)

Description: Each player begins with 100 endurance.  Each round players are matched up according to Swiss style rules.  If you win, your endurance does not change.  If you lose, then the differential between your and your opponent’s final scores is subtracted from your Endurance.  Once a player’s endurance drops to zero or below, they are eliminated.  The final player standing with endurance above zero is the winner.

Expansions Required: All expansions except Missions required.

Website: EC Facebook Group.

How to Join: Join the EC Facebook Group.  The Commissioner will post when a new event is starting.

Commissioner: Darklighter

Previous Winner: EC 18 Winner – jshirland

Sunday Casual Series

Description: Periodic single elimination (usually) events run through the Star Realms Fan Created Community Facebook Page

Expansions Required: Depends on the event.

Website: Star Realms Fan Created Community Facebook Page

How to Join: Join the Facebook Group; register for the Events when they are posted.

Commissioner: Facebook Group Admins

Previous Winner: Sunday Casual 56 winner – DrewTheRat

Tournament of the 8 Admirals

Description: The tournament of the 8 Admirals consists on various sub-seasons in which 8 Admirals are chosen who will challenge the community. In that fight, the 8 contenders that do better together with the 8 Admirals shall fight in a cup format for the championship.

Expansions Required: No specific expansions required, though the number of expansions you play with could factor into tie-breakers.  However, those that earn a spot as one of the 8 Admirals must own all expansions.

Website: BGG Thread

How to Join: Two ways. 1. PM the Commissioner, SonofThoth94 (BGG id Parzival1994). 2. Post in the BGG Thread.  Even though this event is currently in Season 1, you may join any time sine the Season is made up of many sub-events.

Commissioner: SonofThoth94

Previous Winner: None, still in Season 1

Star Realms: Galactic Summit Tournament Series (SRGS)

Description: A series of typically single elimination tournaments run on a roughly weekly/biweekly basis. Each week features a unique mix of expansions and a special “Challenge” to complete for a chance at a special prize.

Expansions Required: Varies event to event.

Website: 1. Challonge Community  2. Discord Server

How to Join: Follow the Challonge Community and tune into the Discord #org-play-announcements channel for tournament news. Links to the Challonge Community and Discord Server are above.

Commissioner: MarauderMo

Previous Winner: SRGS03 winner astarlia

 

*If you wish to have your event added to this list, please post your league’s info in the comments below.

Unavailability of older Pod Eps

We have temporarily removed our back episodes before Ep 74. Publishing to new platforms means we need to be pod safe in our music choices. Until we determine our next step on this, those older episodes will be unavailable. If you have them already, you will not be affected. We’ll keep you in the loop on our progress here.

Convoy Bot Changed My Life

Long before I began playing Star Realms, I played an unhealthy amount of Magic: the Gathering. It has always been my favorite thing to counter a spell and shut people down. I could never actually finish someone off with aggressive decks, and they were lacking in choice and card advantage. I’ve always loved to draw extra cards and to come back from behind. So, it’s no surprise that I lean towards blue/red decks in Star Realms, with lots of bases. For a long time, I didn’t touch green cards if I could avoid it.

Furthermore, back in the days before Colony Wars, what is now “top row” was the “big deck” format for a very long time. I felt very confident in that format, and still believe that the top-tier deck is one revolving around bases/scrap/life gain, and that aggro decks are considerably weaker.

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