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Archona Games was founded by Milan Tasevski at the beginning of 2015. Milan is a big fan of board games and culture and his team is “committed to spreading the board game geek ways to the world and plant seeds of future board game fans and fanatics. Milan expanded his company to include Vladimir Trajcevski and Ivo Neskovic. All three of these men worked together to produce Small Star Empires, a Small Star Empires 2nd Edition, and Two Expansions. All of these men are very active in the gaming community. Vladimir is the owner of a local gaming store in Macedonia called Goblin Games. And Milan writes a blog that is written in Macedonian about games that he plays.

Archona Games reached out to Kickstarter in order to fun their Small Stars Empires 2nd Edition board gaming project. They had a whopping success and were completely funded in 4 hours! After reaching their funding goal they worked with their funders to unlock some new content that would go into the game. Through their following stretch goals they were able to add a linen finish to the cards for better quality and durability, add new Unexplored System Tiles, and add new technologies. Through their campaign they were also able to unlock 2 new expansions of unexplored tiles.

The storyline behind Small Star Empires, is that the galaxies have traveled a long way since the introduction of the hyperdrive. Civilizations have been able to explore the galaxy and have built massive spaceships to explore the stars and colonize the new found worlds.  Now it is up to the major factions to mold the galaxy to their wishes. But not everyone shares the same ideology. Conflicts arise quickly, and military powers are crucial as factions build major warships in order to defend their territory. Scientist discover new minerals that have powerful properties that lead to a new era of scientific research and enlightenment. Each of the factions competes for these minerals in order to unlock their potential and use them for new weapons technologies. The expansion sets for Small Star Enterprises focus on two different goals. You can either choose to try to be the most powerful faction of the Galatic Divide. or you can choose to seek after scientific research.

Small Star Empires 2nd Edition is easy to learn and quick to play. The players are able to colonize the galaxy by moving their ships on a modular board. The way that the board is constructed for the game makes it so that you have a new board and a new outcome every time that you play.
"Each turn a player has to move one of his ships in a straight line, as many spaces (star systems) as he wants but he cannot go over systems controlled by other players. After his move, he has to place a Colony or Trade Station on that system, thus gaining control over that system for until the end of the game, for which he will get an amount of points. When all of the players placed their Colonies and Trade Stations, the game ends and points are calculated. The player with the most points is the winner!” To find out more about the Small Stars Enterprises 2nd Edition, or view their Kickstarter campaign you can view the link below.

Game Information:
Number of Players: 2-4
Suggested Play Time: 30-45 minutes
Suggested Age:13+

Included in the box:
Small Stars Empires
96 Deluxe Player Components
7 Main Sector Tiles
4 Homeworld sector tiles
14 Unexplored system tiles
6 Wormhole/black hole tiles
1 Score Track
4 Player Score Markers
9 Nebula Markers
13 Solo Cards
1 Solo Rulebook
1 Artbook

The Galactic Divide
DELUXE Version includes:
12x Battle Station Miniatures (3x of each player's color)
6x Civilization Boards
3x Unexplored System Tiles
8x Leader Cards
6x Battle Station Upgrade cards
10x Event Cards

Dawn of Discoveries
DELUXE Version includes:
12x Research Station Miniatures (3x of each player's color)
60x Technology Cards
75x Plastic Minerals
5x Unexplored System Tiles
6x Research Station Upgrade cards

Fate of the Galaxy
6 Battle Station Upgrade Cards
6 Research Station Upgrade Cards
6 Superweapon Cards
6 Galactic Wonder Cards
2 Conversion Station Cards
36 Upgrade Markers
6 Activation Markers

Project Details:
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: April 11, 2018
Ship Date: March 1 2019
Website: Archona Games