•When using Small Star Empires: Dawn of Discoveries, at the start of the game you randomly draw crystals of three colors from the bag and place one at each 1 planet system on the board. Additionally, you shuffle the technology deck and reveal several technology cards that will be available for the players to research (purchase). Once you colonize a system containing a crystal, you collect that crystal.
•During the game you may spend collected crystals in order to research the available technologies. Additionally, you may also build research stations on the board. When an opponent colonizes a system adjacent to your research station, you both get "research bonus" and gain one extra crystal for use.
•The technologies that you will research range from new engine drives that enable special movement across the board, utility modules that can be used to colonize asteroids and weapons, and shields that can be used to defend or damage ships.
•Eventually the technologies could score points at the end of the game, so you need to think about which technologies fit your strategy best!
•2-4 Players | Ages 13+ | 15-45 Minutes Playing Time