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Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2017 - Boardgame base set reviewimage © Mantic Games

Boardgame base set: Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Product name: Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set, Product code: ?, Set type: Game base set, System: Star Saga system, Range: Warpath range - Star Saga range (Futuristic), Series: Warpath universe, Company: Mantic Games company, Production: 2017.11.30-
Designer: Stewart Gibbs
Features: Miniatures

Players: 1-5

Star Saga: The Eiras Contract is a futuristic boardgame from Mantic Games, set in the Warpath setting. It is a reimplementation of their earlier Project Pandora: Grim Cargo game.

"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. You will quickly discover there’s more to your mission than a simple case of corporate espionage."

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Contents - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

 Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2017 - Boardgame base set reviewimage © Mantic Games

System

1x Star Saga Rulebook

1x Eiras Contract Mission Book

Card Counters and Templates

10x Star Saga dice

5x Attack dice

5x Defence dice

Over 130 Cards

Miniature figures

6 Plastic Mercenary Miniatures

1x Alyse

1x Captain Erika Dulinsky

1x Combat Utility Robot B07153 'Curby'

1x Francesco 'The Devil' Silvaggio

1x Ogan Helkkare

1x Wrath #2 with sword

5 Plastic Boss Miniatures

1x Dr. Lucas Koyner

1x Enforcer ES435 ‘Monarch’

1x Guard Commander Graves

1x Organic Data Storage Unit X-02-A

1x Plague Aberration (pre-assembled)

24 Plastic Minions

4x Lab Technician

2x Lab Technician #1

2x Lab Technician #2

6x Security Guard

2x Security Guard #1

2x Security Guard #2

2x Security Guard #3

6x Corporation Marine

2x GCPS Marine #1

2x GCPS Marine #2

2x GCPS Marine #3

2x Corporation Ranger

2x GCPS Ranger #1

2x Corporation Ranger with Flamer

2x GCPS Ranger with Flamer #1

4x Plague Victim

2x Plague Victim #1

2x Plague Victim #2

Miniature scenery

The Eiras Contract tiles

33 Double Sided Card Tiles

Star Saga doors set: 10 doors

2x Double Door #1

2x Double Door #2

2x Single Door #1

2x Single Door #2

2x Single Door #3

Star Saga scenery set: 26 pieces of scenery

2x Cabinet #1 - Laboratory Cabinet

2x Computer Terminal #1

2x Computer Terminal #2

2x Computer Terminal #3

2x Containment Tank #1

2x Crate #1

2x Crate #2 - Refrigeration Crate

2x Crate #3

2x Small Cabinet #1

2x Table #1

2x Table #2

2x Table #3

2x Weapons Locker #1

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Review - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2017 - Boardgame base set review Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set boardgame base set from Mantic Games, 2017 - Boardgame base set review

Package: The box is big, sturdy. It looks good, but doesn't provide any additional extra beyond holding the game components. The insert is good, strong enough, although I couldn't figure out how should I organise the contents inside.

Rulebook: Read the Star Saga Rulebook review

Rules: Read the Star Saga boardgame system analysis

Scenarios: The missions are fine, there's a good variety in them.They usually include enough futuristic themes (computer hacking, hidden sentry guns, explosives) to make Star Saga different from fantasy dungeon crawlers.

Be prepared that the maps will take up a large space, and as you only reveal a small part of the map, you should try to set up the starting part in a way that will allow every additional part to fit on your table. It can be frustrating to move the map tiles with the minis and scenery on them.

There are a couple of hidden scenario rules that would be fine if this would be indicated. For example in Mission B you need to wait for a certain Event card to come up to finish the game, but this is not told in the scenario description. When we reached the end of the scenario, we tried to find out what is the end goal, but we couldn't find any. As there was no indication of an end objective, we concluded that this must be an error, and that reaching the Exit point with all characters will be the objective.

One of my problems is that you set up only a part of the map in the beginning, and add parts when the players progress. It takes some time to find the correct tile, as they are very similar in size and colour, and the scenario maps are not very helpful with this. Also, if you are playing full cooperative, it somewhat hinders the joy for the player who needs to set up the map.

Another thing I don't like is that while the box includes several boss miniatures, most of theml gets used only once. I feel they could receive more "screen time" if  not every boss would be there for a final boss fight. They could be just there to make the players job harder, or be there as a background menace to avoid. One of the bosses is just a giant monster, so it could be there in a couple of scenarios even if that specific creature was killed in a previous mission. If the others were also less specific - for example a "Lead Scientist" instead of the pretty unique "Doctor Koyner" -, you could include them easier.

Tiles: Read the The Eiras Contract tiles review

Miniatures: The minis are good, one piece casts. They are flexible, and I won't be afraid to give them to small kids. Unless they chew on them, there's no way they could damage the figures. The miniatures come in 3 colours. Blue is used for the heroes and most of the enemy bosses. Red is used for the minions. Gray is used for one of the bosses. If they used gray for all of the bosses, it would have been probably better. It's confusing to see blue minis on both sides, while you can't be sure which one belongs to your team, unless to check them separately.

Most of the miniatures and scenery from the first run of the game is bent. As they are made of PVC, you can heat them up in hot water or even with a hair dryer to fix them.

Scenery: The scenery is small, easy to topple and mess up. There's no way to attach them safely to each other or to the map tiles. It would be useful to have holes in the board, and pegs on the scenery to fit them.

Dice: Read the Star Saga dice review

Foreign editions:

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish: Star Saga El Contrato de Eiras

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Resources - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Mantic Games: Star Saga: Official webpage.

Mantic Games: Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set: Official webpage for the product.

Kickstarter: Star Saga - The Sci-fi Dungeon Crawler by Mantic Games: The crowdfunding page for the game.

Mantic Forum: Star Saga: Official forum.

Mantic Games: Star Saga Ed1 v0 (2017) - Playtest rules (PDF)

Star Saga Fanatics Facebook group

Beasts of War: Star Saga articles

Preview - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Mantic Games: Star Saga Kickstarter Trailer: Preview video.

Contents overview - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Adam Harry (for Bell of Lost Souls): Unboxing Mantic’s Star Saga: Contents overview video.

same video on YouTube

Cardboard N' Plastic: Star Saga Core Box Unboxing: Contents overview video.

Community Pat (from Mantic Games): Star Saga Unboxing: Contents overview video.

Michael C Carter (from Until Somebody Loses An Eye): Dungeon Crawl. In Space!!!!: Contents overview article. Very thorough, with lots of photos, and also with tips how to straighten the bent minis.

MTGandMORE: unboxing the Mantic Star Saga Kickstarter edition: Contents overview video.

pezzapoo: Star Saga - KS Wave1 Unboxing: Contents overview video.

Spydah666: Unboxing 202: Star Saga: Contents overview video.

T&G Productions: Star Saga Unboxing: Contents overview video.

Uncle Atom (from Tabletop Minions): Mantic's Star Saga Unbox and Chat LIVE: Contents overview video.

Weight of Fire: Star Saga Core Set Unboxing: Contents overview video.

Contents overview - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set Kickstarter edition

DreadPathZone: Star Saga Kickstarter Unboxing!: Contents overview video of the Kickstarter edition.

STF Wargaming studio: Unboxing and Review of Mantic Games: Star Saga: Contents overview video of the Kickstarter edition.

Contents overview (in French) - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Des Figurines & Des Jeux: Unboxing Star Saga (in French): Contents overview video of the French edition, with review in French.

VideoGameMeeple: Unboxing de Star Saga VF (in French): Contents overview video of the French edition in French.

Contents overview (in German) - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

DICED: Unboxing: Star Saga | SciFi Dungeoncrawler von Mantic |+ WEIHNACHTSGEWINNSPIEL | DICED (in German): Contents overview video in German.

Fettes Brett - Brettspiele: Unboxing - Star Saga - Miniatures Close Ups - Das neue Starquest? - Brettspiele (in German): Contents overview video in German.

Florian Braun (from Tales from Alexandria): Unboxing Star Saga (in German): Contents overview video in German.

same video on YouTube

Miniatures - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Michael C Carter (from Until Somebody Loses An Eye): Mantic open meh: Miniature images, about Captain Erika Dulinsky, Francesco 'The Devil' Silvaggio, Wrath, Combat Utility Robot B07153 'Curby', Lab Technicians, Security Guards.

Michael C Carter (from Until Somebody Loses An Eye): Dungeon Crawl. In Space!!!!: Contents overview article. Very thorough, with lots of photos, and also with tips how to straighten the bent minis.

pezzapoo: Star Saga KS Wave1 Fully Painted Showcase: Showcase video.

 

Scenery - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Showcase

Darhun art painting (Facebook page): Starsaga furniture finished: Showcase article, that's also good for size comparison.

 

Review - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Charlie (for Miniature Market): Star Saga Review: Review article.

Dave Polhill (from Big Pommie Dave): Star Saga First Impressions: Review article.

D&E miniature and board games: Review of Star Saga by Mantic Games: Review video.

Iain (for The Gaming Review): Board Game Review: Star Saga: Review article.

Review (in French) - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Des Figurines & Des Jeux: Unboxing Star Saga (in French): Contents overview video of the French edition, with review in French.

Review (in German) - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Battleshark - Brettspiele auf YouTube: Star Saga - Spielvorstellung [Brettspiel] [Rezension] [Deutsch] (in German): Gameplay video with review in German.

just the review part of the video

Review (in Italian) - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Roberto Mantovani (for Just Nerd): Star Saga: un dungeon crawler spaziale! – Recensione (in Italian): Review article of the Italian edition in Italian.

English version by Google Translate

Gameplay - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Beasts pf War_ Let’s Play: Star Saga – Mission One: Gameplay video of Mission A.

the video on YouTube

the video on Facebook

Mantic Games: Star Saga - gameplay of the alpha rules: Gameplay video.

T&G Productions: Star Saga Demo Game: Gameplay video of Mission B.

Gameplay (in French) - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Des Figurines & Des Jeux: GAMEPLAY Star Saga - Partie d'initiation à Hobby Shop: Gameplay video in French.

Gameplay (in German) - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Battleshark - Brettspiele auf YouTube: Star Saga - Spielvorstellung [Brettspiel] [Rezension] [Deutsch] (in German): Gameplay video with review in German.

Gameplay (in Italian) - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Roberto Mantovani (for Just Nerd): Star Saga: un dungeon crawler spaziale! – Recensione (in Italian): Gameplay video in Italian.

the video on YouTube

 

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Buying the product - Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set

Price

Base price (Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set): 80 EUR / 60 GBP / 85 USD

Where can you buy it?

Mantic Games: Star Saga: The Eiras Contract Core Set: Official webpage for the product.

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