What do you get for your money?
Again, lots of card. 48 Ambassador and 30 bureau cards. You also get 60 new basic locations, 30 new special locations and 4 new objectives. 1 new race is added to the mix, the Exodai. Plus, 10 location type tokens and 6 reminder tokens. These are used by some Ambassadors. And lastly, the rules.
How do you play the game?
If you want to know how to play Among the Stars, read my Among the Stars review. For this review, I will only discuss the things that change when you add the expansion.
This expansion and mostly the Ambassadors themselves make Among the Stars more interactive. You don’t have to be interacting with you fellow players, you can still only focus on your own station, but there is at least the possibility for interaction. For example, when you get one point whenever you build a green location that already has been built by someone else, or whenever another player discards a card for credits and he must give you one credit for doing so.
The gameplay doesn’t change very much. The addition of the Ambassadors doesn’t make the game more difficult, not at all. They do make the game, like I said before, more interactive with their different abilities. Plus, you have another element of competition, when you want an Ambassador to come to your station, you need to invite him or her before someone else does. Also, you now have to make even tougher choices than before. Not only do you have to choose between the locations in your hand, you also have these wise men and women at your disposal.
The new artwork is just as stunning looking as the artwork from the base game. This alone is a reason to buy this game.
Quality of the components:
Quality of the components remains the same.
More variability, more interesting, tough choices, more interaction without changing the rules very much means I can add this expansion to the base game and play it right away. This game was already very fun without this expansion, but with it, every game feels fresh and is really fun.
Note: On the site of Artipia Games you can download a file with five thematic setups for the game. These work pretty well and all feel different.