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Designed by Ben Pinchback, Matt Riddle
We need only lower our gaze from the stellar night skies to the planet below to see that beauty surrounds us! The biomes of planet Earth are as diverse and wondrous as the living creatures that populate them, and ideally you'll see more than your fair share of them in the strategic card game Subastral.
In the game, you collect cards that represent your notes on eight different biomes. You start the game with three random cards in hand; each card depicts one of the eight biome types and is numbered 1-6. Eight random cards are placed into a central tableau marked 1-6. Throughout the game, players will play cards to this tableau, expanding the selection of cards into unique piles and then depleting them.
On a turn, play a card from your hand into the central tableau, then collect any pile of your choice to the left or right of the pile on which you played. You will have different actions depending on which you choose. If you choose the pile to the left, you add the cards you acquired, plus an additional card drawn from the deck, to your hand. If you choose the pile to the right, you add those cards to your "journal" to be scored at the end of the game.
Cards in your journal are divided by biome and numbered 1-8 in the order they're collected. At the end of the game, players score their journal in two ways: Score for your two biomes that have the most cards, with each card in those biomes worth as many points as the number of the pile. Next, you score each unbroken run 1-36 points depending on the number of cards in it.