Also on my website|Steam This guide provides an overview of the game's basic systems as well as reference materials for the different leaders, planets, and bonuses you will encounter during your game. Much of this information is taken from the in-game guide. Please note, this guide's primary purpose is as a reference, not to provide recommendations. ---------------------- TABLE OF CONTENTS Setting Up (in this post) Sponsor Options Affinity Options Other Options Victory Conditions Galactic Layer Resources Planet Types Planet Bonuses Influence Morale Improvements Wonders Technologies Your Ships Modules Ranks Classes Mission Layer The Bridge Maps Battle Cards Integration with Beyond Earth Starships rewards from playing Beyond Earth Beyond Earth rewards from playing Starships ---------------------- SETTING UP When setting up your game, you have two major decisions to make: your sponsor and your affinity. Each one provides you a different bonus, but each one is also permanent for the entirety of the game. Sponsor Options Barre (Benevolent) - reduces city cost by 25% Bolivar (Warrior) - starts with one extra starship Elodie (Charismatic) - increases crew morale by 10% Fielding (Economist) - generates 50 credits per city each turn Hutama (Diplomat) - always gets a "first contact" influence bonus Kavitha (Humanitarian) - starts with one extra city Kozlov (Industrialist) - increases metal production by 25% Sochua (Progressive) - starts with two random tech upgrades Affinity Options Harmony - starship repairs cost 50% less Purity - mission resource rewards are doubled Supremacy - start the game with a random wonder already built Other Options On the right hand side of your screen you will see options for map size, difficulty, number of opponents, and victory conditions. If you own Beyond Earth, you have the option of "continuing" your Beyond Earth game into Starships. When you are able to do so you will see an option at the bottom of your screen to Load from Beyond Earth. In order to do, however, you need to open Beyond Earth, open a save, and then open the menu from within your game and select the Continue in Starships option. Only after that is done will you be able to continue the game in Starships. Victory Conditions There are four ways to win: Population: Have 51% of galaxy's population in your federation Wonder: Build 7 wonders Technology: Upgrade 3 techs to level 6 Domination: Capture all faction homeworlds Once your game begins, there are two layers: the "galactic" layer and the "mission" layer. We will review the galactic layer first as this is the first thing you see once your game begins.