Tonight, the sky is beautiful and full of stars, but such beauty is fleeting. Immortalize it by drawing constellations, planets, and even shooting stars, if you're lucky. [red]Better hurry; the sun will rise soon![/red]
[green][tip] This tutorial is best viewed on a computer![/green]1archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment000
NekonyancerIn *Look at the Stars,* one card will be flipped over each turn, revealing two *constellation lines* that all players must draw somewhere on their personal boards.
Points are awarded at the end of the game for a variety of criteria, but it's all boils down to how intelligently you placed your lines!
[green]At the end of the game, whoever has the most points wins![/green]2archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment000
Nekonyancer[blue]*The first card*[/blue] has already been flipped over, and the lines on the card are now [red]*shown on your board,*[/red] waiting to be locked into place.4player-table-11941354-card-border000shapes 7 player-table-11941354-card-border 6
Nekonyancer[blue]There are some strict rules for line placement. I'll go over them now.[/blue]
Lines must always be drawn between two STARS. Planets (or other objects) don't count.
NekonyancerYou can have multiple lines coming from the same star...
and you can have intersecting lines...
Nekonyancer[red]... But your lines cannot directly overlap.[/red]
Once you connect two stars, you can't connect them again, nor can you ever disconnect them!7player-table-92143487-svg001
NekonyancerNow, let's maneuver the current pair of lines so that it looks like this. If you like, use a keyboard, like [blue]*this handy textbox*[/blue] says!
*Once it's in place, click on the "Continue" button.*8player-table-92143487-svg001keys-notice 7
Nekonyancer*Great!* So, why did we place the lines where we did?
Well, we were connecting them to some pre-placed lines on our board, and we're trying to replicate the patterns shown on [red]*these bonus cards.*[/red]1star16353b5264009f00star1 6 star2 6
NekonyancerEvery time we replicate a pattern, we receive the reward shown in the bottom-left corner of the card.
[red]*This one*[/red] will give us 3 points at the end of the game for each "+" we made.
And [blue]*this one*[/blue] will let us immediately place a single line somewhere.
[green]These rewards can be obtained multiple times![/green]2star16353b5264009f00star1 6 star2 7
NekonyancerThe next card has been flipped. Let's keep building that "+"! *Maneuver the lines like so...*
*... and click on "Continue" when you're done!*3player-table-92143487-svg6353b5264009f01
NekonyancerCheck it out! A *"3"* appeared next to the "+" we've been making in the corner. That's because there are three lines touching each other, forming a *constellation.*
At the end of the game, we'll get points for each constellation equal to the number of lines in it, from a *minimum of 3 to a maximum of 8.*1player-table-92143487-svg6353b53c434bd01
NekonyancerHowever, if you have multiple constellations with the same number of lines, [red]you'll only score for one of them![/red]
[green]So to maximize your points, you should have a 3-line constellation, a 4, a 5, a 6, a 7, and an 8![/green]2player-table-92143487-svg6353b53c434bd01
NekonyancerLet me say that again a different way. At the end of the game, if you had any constellations with *3* lines in them, you'll score *3 points total.*
[blue]Ditto for constellations with 4/5/6/7/8 lines![/blue]
There's a reminder of all this in the corner of your board:
NekonyancerLooks like we can complete our "+" with the next pair of lines, but we'll need to *turn* the card to do it! This can be done with the spacebar or by clicking on the Turn arrow. *Maneuver the pair like so, and then click continue. *
Our plus has an extra line sticking out of it, but it's still valid. We'll get an extra 3 points for this at the end of the game!
I'll go ahead and place this next pair for you. From now on, I'm going to skip turns here and there.1player-table-92143487-svg6353b552bd77900
Nekonyancer*Ooh, this pair is perfect!* It will let us replicate the [blue]*other goal card*[/blue] - three segments in a diagonal line! *Place it like so, then click Continue.*
As you can see, "turned" versions of goal cards are valid.1star26353b574d816f00star2 7
NekonyancerSince we replicated the pattern, we immediately get the reward: one free line that we can orient however we like.
*Let's place it here so we can start building another +!*
NekonyancerThat was the sixth turn of the game, and [blue]*the first stack of cards*[/blue] was completely emptied.
[red]Dawn is coming![/red] The bottom two rows of our board are now locked. We can't place anything there anymore!1player-table-92143487-svg6353b5fa2222601pile1 7
Nekonyancer*Wow, look at that! A shooting star!*
When shooting stars appear, we must choose how long we want their tails to be: *1, 2, or 3 lines long.*
[green]At the end of the game, they're worth as many points as the length of their tails![/green]1player-table-92143487-svg6353b69678bb401
NekonyancerHowever, shooting stars can be hard to fit onto our boards because [red]they cannot connect with any normal constellation lines.[/red] *Select 3-line at the top. Then position the star as shown, and click on "Continue."*
NekonyancerJust one more thing to mention: *planets.*
Planets are worth *1 point* at the end of the game for each constellation that is *orthogonally or diagonally adjacent,* even if some of them have the same number of lines.
In this example, there are three constellations adjacent to a planet, scoring 3 points.2archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment6353b6b9cbbf700
NekonyancerThere are a few more *special objects* (like galaxies, twinkling stars, and novas) that can be obtained from bonus cards, but they'll only appear if you enable them in the lobby options!
[green][tip] If you play with them, you can see how they work by hovering over their bonus cards.[/green]3archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment6353b6b9cbbf700
Nekonyancer*Okay, that's everything!* The game will continue as you've seen until all *18* cards have been played. Needless to say, everyone's boards will get very cramped, but players can always pass by clicking on [red]*"Skip this card"*[/red] at the top!
[green]After 18 cards, we go to scoring![/green]4archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment6353b6b9cbbf700skipCard_button 6
NekonyancerEach player scores...
[red]Points for having constellations of certain sizes.[/red] (3 points if you have a Size-3, 4 points if you have a Size-4, etc.)
[blue]1 point for each constellation adjacent to a planet.[/blue]5player-table-11941354-planets-tooltip6353b6b9cbbf701player-table-11941354-constellations-tooltip 6 player-table-11941354-planets-tooltip 7
Nekonyancer[red]Points for shooting stars.[/red] Each is worth as many points as the length of its tail.
[blue]Points for replicated bonus cards.[/blue]
[green]The total will be written here![/green]6player-table-11941354-shooting-stars-tooltip6353b6b9cbbf700player-table-11941354-shooting-stars-tooltip 6 player-table-11941354-star1-tooltip 7 player-table-11941354-star2-tooltip 7 player-table-11941354-total-tooltip 8
Nekonyancer[blue]*Thank you for playing through this tutorial for Look at the Stars!*[/blue]
If you have any questions or comments about the tutorial, feel free to send *Nekonyancer* a message!
A big thank you goes out to *Thoun* for bringing this game to BGA!
Have fun! :D7archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment6353b6b9cbbf700