Players Collect Game Pieces
After the races are selected the players need to collect their Control Markers, and Command Counters. They also need to find the Planet Cards associated with the planets in their Home System. Trade Cards are not used in the 2-player game.
Steve's race is The Mentak Coalition. The race specific pieces look like this:
Steve's Home System has 1 planet, so he finds the Planet Card he needs and also places it in his player area. The card is placed face-up, with the planet showing.
Nicholas' race is The Barony of Letnev. The race specific pieces look like this:
Nicholas' Home System has 2 planets, so he finds the Planet Cards he needs and also places them in his player area. The cards are placed face-up, with the planet showing.
After the race specific details are distributed amongst the players, they should also receive all the plastic pieces in their selected color. Color assignments were already described in this tutorial.
NOTE: The color of the player pieces is unrelated to the selected player race.
In addition to plastic pieces in the player's favorite color, each player should also receive a Technology Deck of cards that match the plastic pieces color. All Technology Decks are the same, there's one set in each of the 6 player colors.
Proceed to Create Objectives and Common Area.