A large number of players are participating in competitive Star Realms via the digital application. Since the beginning of the early Fan Created Community Tournaments or the Board Game Geek Leagues, it’s been challenging to define a specification that lets everyone know what version of the game is required to participate in a particular event.
The folks at ProStarRealms.com have done a great job building out a simple tool to explain how the naming can work and it’s done pretty well up to this point. As more and more expansions come to Star Realms and the app, there’s going to be an ongoing struggle to properly communicate versioning for digital play.
What follows is an expansion on a discussion with Brad Elkey (IGN PanicFire) and represents a proposal for a new naming guideline. With hope, this version will “future proof” the naming against future expansions and modifications.
The new naming proposal works simply like this:
Major Expansions / Minor Expansions / Extended Expansions
The key item here is the names are separated by the backslash “/” to indicate a break. This is important because it’s now obvious that letters are very likely going to have to be reused.
Star Realms Base (V)
Colony Wars ( W )
Frontiers (F) – Assuming this correctly represents Frontiers when released.
Year 1 Promos (1)
Year 2 Promos (2)
Bases and Battleships (B)
Fleets and Fortresses (F)
United: Command (C)
United: Assault (A) – when released
Cosmic Gambits (C)
Heroes (H, H2, H3 as they continue to release)
United: Missions (M)
The above example would include:
Year 1 Promos
Bases & Battleships
Fleets & Fortresses
This usage would include:
Bases & Battleships
This is just the beginning of the conversation, but do we think this can help properly and consistently communicate the formats while providing flexibility for the future expansions?
It’s been suggested that we change the United Command letter to C, since it’s in it’s own section. Also that we subscript expansions that have the same name, but in a different expansion (i.e. United: Heroes vs Crisis: Heroes) Heroes would be something along the lines of Hu for United Heroes and Hc for Crisis: Heroes.