The universe has been ravaged by a terrible war. Death and destruction were the rule rather than the exception. But peace is on the horizon. All major races have been united in the Alliance. The first task of that alliance is to repair what has been destroyed, starting with the many space stations.
What do you get for your money?
How do you play the game?
At the end of the game, you add your end game points to your current point total, you get extra points if you have some money left and you get points if you efficiently used your energy cubes. The alien with the most points, wins Among the Stars.
The theme is building a space station to promote trade and diplomatic relations between the alien races and thereby keeping the peace. Is it well implemented? That is a tough one.
The illustrations on the cards are very, very beautiful, you can spend an evening just looking at all the different cards. Odysseas Stamoglou and Antonis Papantoniou did a fantastic job.
Quality of the components:
The cards are fine. Not a standard shape, though, so it might be harder to find fitting sleeves.
Among the Stars is a very fun game. For me, is falls between a Lost Cities(ish) game and Race for the Galaxy. Lost Cities is shorter, but has the same amount of interaction (AtS a bit more because of the draft). Race for the Galaxy takes about the same amount of time, but it is more complex.
To start with, the game itself looks very nice. At the end of four years you have your own fully built, colourful, space station, with all the different locations, right in front of you on the table. What an accomplishment!