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Please note this product is not compatible with the current edition of Starmada. Those new to the game should begin with the Unity Rulebook.

Starmada™ is a miniatures board game of starship combat. At its most basic level, players take command of space fleets in a general attempt to reduce each other to just so much space junk. At its most advanced, the game can be customized to breathe life into any science fiction background that players might imagine.

Novices shouldn't fret; the core set of rules has been designed with simplicity and ease of play in mind, accessible even to beginners. On the other hand, seasoned veterans should find the concise nature of the rules quite refreshing. It allows players to concentrate on the finer points of squashing their opponents rather than arguing about rules interpretations, without sacrificing any of the flavor or excitement of more complex games.

Simple, but not simplistic, is the guiding principle.

The Admiralty Edition™ represents nearly a year of collective effort to update, streamline, and otherwise improve upon the Universal Game of Starship Combat. In addition to the essential rules, the Core Rulebook includes:

  • Nearly 100 different options from which to pick and choose to create the type of game YOU want to play;
  • A design system that allows for nearly five million different types of weapon;
  • A fully-customizable set of rules for small craft, allowing for over one million different types of fighters, drones, and seeking weapons;
  • Guidelines for converting your Starmada X ship designs to their Admiralty equivalents;
  • A half-dozen sample scenarios; and
  • The most comprehensive and flexible starship construction rules of any game available.
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April 22nd, 2020
This is the ruleset that introduced me to Starmada & it's a good set to start with. The printed book used to be available from Lulu but I wasn't able to find it & ended up settling for the pdf =( Whilst some might not like the [...]
January 13th, 2009
It seems impossible, but this game is always keeping better. As for other games, that the 3.5 edition doesn't add a lot, or the 4th edition is only a way to make us spend more money, the handyvcraft made in the AE is suberb. The movement rules have the [...]
November 27th, 2008
I need to do some premises: 1) i'm italian, so pls forget my poor english 2) I want to review "The core rulebook", not the game itself: i've read tons of other game/rules reviews before buying this "book", all better than the one i [...]
June 6th, 2008
The rulebook for Starmada AE is very well laid out, clearly written and very easy to pick up. We had no problems with consctructing a few ships (thanks to the spreadsheet available online), assembling two small fleets (scratch-built) and playing a fun [...]
May 23rd, 2008
This game squares off with FULL THRUST in the battle for the most versatile set of generic starship combat rules. The result is a very good game, but not without some quirks. Lets just say the designers appear to be of the "design for effec [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on December 17, 2007.