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Star Realms: United

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Star Realms: United is the second small-sized expansion set for the game. This was the first time since the original game where I was tasked with every single aspect of the graphic production. It was a big undertaking, but I am very pleased with how it came out..

Logo

The United logo above draws inspiration from military badges/insignia. With the game’s four factions joining hands for the first time, a level of ceremonial decoration seemed appropriate.
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Faction Emblems

icons3newiconsAbove – Original faction emblems. Below – United faction emblems.

 

With the game’s factions pairing up, it was important to find a way to communicate this visually. Ultimately, we decided on the below icons, which combine the imagery of the original faction icons, with bright colors against black to help players identify the two factions being combined. .

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Card Frames

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The new faction pairings were also represented by new card frames, although I must admit I am not terribly pleased with how these came out. I personally would’ve preferred to build all-new frames rather than use the method we attempted here: jamming the original frame designs together (which has resulted in an unfortunate jumble of color). It works in some places, but ultimately falls flat..

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Mission Cards

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Though I think the united faction frames were a disappointment, I am happy with where we arrived for the other new card type: missions. These cards give players a unique mission objective and a reward for completing it. I provided a few color options, but we ultimately settled on a classic blue / gold pairing. The golden wings are again reminiscent of a military badge: perhaps the medal of honor for those able to complete these quests?

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Packaging
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The game’s display box came together at the eleventh hour, after the original distribution plans were scrapped (originally each pack was to be sold in a separate display). I’m largely pleased with what I was able to put together on short notice, but in retrospect that front panel could’ve used some background art to go along with the logo.

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The packs themselves however, I absolutely love. I think these raise the bar compared to our previous packaging attempts for similar products: bold, colorful, and clearly establishing that each pack is part of a set. Hopefully players see these packs and are unable to resist “purchasing the rainbow.”