September 26, 2016 by brennon
So what exactly is Star Saga?
“Set in Mantic’s Warpath Universe, Star Saga: The Eiras Contract is a science fiction dungeon crawler for 2-5 players (with optional rules for solo play).
Featuring strong story-telling elements and immersive game scenarios, Star Saga: The Eiras Contract will see players guide a team of mercenaries on a mission to retrieve stolen technology from a highly guarded research facility deep beneath the surface of the planet Eiras.
In Star Saga you’ll take on platoons of minions and powerful alien bosses, and quickly discover there’s more to your mission than a simple case of corporate espionage. As the game unfolds you’ll be forced to make difficult decisions to stay alive as the story takes unexpected twists and turns.”
The regular boxed game looks something like this…
Two sides will be battling it out here with the Mercenary heroes taking on the various bosses of this facility and their lackeys including Lab Technicians, Corporation Soldiers, and Plague Victims. The full contents include…
- Rulebook featuring tutorials and basic mechanics for novice adventurers and expanded rules for veteran players.
- The Eiras Contract Mission Book with 10 narrative adventures, including 2 introductory missions, plus character bios and the full story behind Eiras.
- High Quality Card Sheets with detailed floor tiles and counters
- 4 Character Cards
- Over 100 Game Cards for equipment, skills, and all the powers of the Nexus player.
- a selection of Custom Dice
- 32 Highly Detailed Miniatures including 4 mercenaries, 3 bosses, 24 minions, and a Kickstarter Exclusive BLAINE Figure.
- 10 plastic doors, and loads of scenery to fill out your game!
The Mercenaries you’ll have on your side are (from left to right) Captain Erika Dulinsky, Combat Utility Robot B07153, Francesco ‘The Devil’ Selvaggio, and Wrath.
I reckon The Devil and Wrath are going to be two of the favoured characters for this game. The design of each of the characters does look great and I’ll be very interested to see the final miniatures to see if the quality carries over into the end product.
Enemies you’ll be facing include this trio of big bad guys.
Here we have (from left to right) Doctor Lucas Koyner, Organic Data Storage Unit X-02-A, and Guard Commander Graves. Each of them will be heading up different missions as you try and delve deeper into the facility.
At the moment their Stretch Goal (which will most likely be reached shortly) is to add some 3D terrain elements to the game to start giving you a more interesting tabletop experience.
Even as I type this they are likely to be hurtling towards the next stretch goal so go and check out the Kickstarter page for more information.
Demo Games & Interviews
The team at Mantic Games have already posted up a Gameplay Video (see the top of the page) showing off the Alpha Rules which can be downloaded HERE.
Also, if you want to know more about the background of the campaign you can watch the interview we did on The Weekender.
Will you be checking this one out?
"Star Saga: The Eiras Contract will see players guide a team of mercenaries on a mission to retrieve stolen technology from a highly guarded research facility deep beneath the surface of the planet Eiras..."
"The team at Mantic Games have already posted up a Gameplay Video..."