April 4, 2010: The Sky Isn't Falling, But It Sure Moves
The Stars Are Right is a fascinating game -- equal parts pattern recognition and strategy, with a theme that hits the sweet spot between cute and sanity-crushing. And I'm not the only one who thinks so: TSAR has received an Origins Award nomination! Congratulations to Klaus Westerhoff, Goomi, and the entire Pegasus Spiel crew!
Of course, we knew this game was special. That's why we spent a great deal of time last summer teaching people to play it in game stores, at conventions, and during trade shows. Along the way, we came up with a couple of play aids.
Invocation Symbol Counters are a handy way of tracking how many Flips you've converted into Pushes, and how many Swaps are left. They're very useful for teaching the game, or if you've got a particularly complex series of Powers to utilize.
The Scoring Track absolutely does what you'd expect -- track a player's score. But since the creatures are all visible, you could just glance around the table. No, the real reason to use these tracks is because they're illustrated by Goomi -- and for fans of his Unspeakable Vault (of Doom), that's enough reason right there.
-- Paul Chapman
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