Our preview post below was published on January 28.
Core Worlds: Empires is a 1-5 player worker placement game in which you play as a galactic empire competing against other empires for dominance. It will launch on Kickstarter on February 2 along with Core Worlds: Nemesis.
In the solo mode, you will be playing against a rival empire AI. The AI has its own deck of cards and acts according to the card instructions on its turn. You start with a leader and two workers (ambassadors) in your empire. The circular main board will have planets placed in different zones, and each planet offers a bonus or resource if you send a worker there. At the beginning, 5 of these planets will belong to your empire and 5 to the AI. If you need to visit a planet that belongs to the AI, you can go there but the AI will gain victory points.
On each round, you first draw an Event card and apply its effects. Then, if you are first in the turn order, you take an action with one of your ambassadors. You can either send them to a spot on your player board to gain the resource shown (energy, materials, prestige), or send them to one of the planets on the main board to do an action there. If an event brings a new planet onto the board, then you and the AI may fight over who gets to conquer it. In that case, you will roll the combat die and compare your military strength with the AI's. The game lasts for 9 rounds, and if you have more points than the AI in the end, you win.