Creating the Game Board
Once the races have been selected, and all players have their Home Systems, the remaining home systems go back in the box. All Home Systems have a yellow border. These are no longer used in the game.
For the 2-player game, remove the Super Nova system tile and 4 blank system tiles. Then deal 8 system deals to both players, face-down.
Each player should now be holding 9 system tiles, including their Home System.
The goal is to create a game board that looks like this:
The red hex is where "Mecatol Rex" is located, the yellow hexes are for the player home systems, and the blue rings are where the players will place their system tiles.
Start by placing Mecatol Rex in the center.
Each player now examines their tiles and adds system tiles to the game board. The rules for placement are that rings have to be completed in concentric order from the inside going outwards. No systems can be added to a next level outward ring until the previous ring is completed.
Also, a player must place a system tile containing at least one planet if the previous tile they placed did not. And, tiles having red borders should not be placed adjacent to each other.
In the 2-player game, each player places one tile at a time until the board is complete. Placing of your Home System does not constitute a turn and it should be placed as soon as the neighboring systems are in place.
Although it will seem tedious while walking through this example, actual play goes pretty fast. We'll begin with first reviewing what each player was dealt and then watch as the game board is constructed.
Proceed to a review of Steve's System Tiles.