Star Crusade: War for the Expanse is a free-to-play, online, digital collectible card game (CCG) based in a richly styled sci-fi universe, where each player takes command of one of the six factions vying for supremacy in an unclaimed exotic sector of space.
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Release Date: Dec 15, 2015

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Why Early Access?

“We are doing Early Access so we can improve the game balance and iterate the game properly by utilizing player feedback on the new features, factions, cards, gameplay modes and visual effects we have planned in the coming months. We believe that the right way to do this is through frequent communication between our development team and a core group of dedicated players.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We hope to reach an official release within 3-6 months. After release, we will continue development and improvement of the game by releasing single-player and multi-player expansions.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Early Access is a time for both fine tuning and experimentation. We plan to introduce and test new factions, card trading, commander customization mechanics, new cards and mechanics, better visuals, new gameplay modes (such as 2v2 PvP and PvE), as well as various player leagues and cash-prize tournaments. Throughout Early Access and beyond the full release, we plan on continuing to add community-popular features and elements to the game.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“With this Early Access release, we are officially going into Open Beta: several big gameplay features are not finished, the interface still needs work, the tutorial covers only the basics, the majority of battlefield effects are not implemented and the game balance requires extensive community involvement to get right. However, the game is fully playable, with six unique factions, 350 cards, and several gameplay modes!

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Star Crusade will always be free to play. You can earn or buy booster packs during Early Access, and any purchases you make will carry over to the full version. We will also offer special rewards to all of our Early Access players to thank them for their participation!

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Community participation is very important and will continue after release. We will be actively engaged in discussing player ideas for cards, factions, gameplay balance, as well as overall feedback and feature suggestions.”
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June 30

The conclusion of the sixth ranked season of Star Crusade

Greetings, Star Crusaders!

The sixth ranked season of Star Crusade (June 2016) will be concluding on July 1st @ 02:00 AM PDT.

This season, all who have reached rank 29, will receive 3 boosters! In addition, we, as always, prepared for you some extra rewards.

Additional Rewards for Rank Achieved during Ranked Play:
Reaching Rank 28:
==> 1 free booster pack
Reaching Rank 25:
==> 3 free booster packs
Reaching Rank 20:
==> 5 free booster packs
==> “Battle Hardened” card back
Reaching Rank 15:
==> 7 free booster packs
==> 100 credits
==> “Battle Hardened” card back
Reaching Rank 10:
==> 10 free booster packs
==> 200 credits
==> “Battle Hardened” card back
Reaching Rank 6:
==> 13 free booster packs
==> 250 credits
==> “Battle Hardened” card back

Additional Rewards for top 100 players:
Top 100-51:
==> 5 free booster packs
==> “Battle Hardened” and “Disciple of the Crusade” card backs
Top 50-11:
==> 10 free booster packs
==> 50 Scrap
==> “Battle Hardened” and “Disciple of the Crusade” card backs
Top 10-6:
==> 15 free booster packs
==> 100 Scrap
==> “Battle Hardened”, “Disciple of the Crusade” and “Vanguard of the Crusade” card backs
Top 5-2:
==> 20 free booster packs
==> 200 Scrap
==> “Battle Hardened”, “Disciple of the Crusade” and “Vanguard of the Crusade” card backs
Top 1 (true Imperator):
==> 30 free booster packs
==> 250 Scrap
==> “Imperator of known Expance” card back, as well as “Battle Hardened”, “Disciple of the Crusade” and “Vanguard of the Crusade” card backs

Top players will receive points for the competition of the exclusive art:

Top 1 ==> 10 points
Top 2 – 5 ==> 5 points
Top 6 – 10 ==> 3 points
Top 11- 15 ==> 2 points
Top 16 – 25 ==> 1 points

All players will start new season at 30 rank to fight for the Galaxy again.

All cards, factions, credits, scrap, purchases and achievements will remain on your account after the conclusion of this (and every) season.

Thank you all again for your participation and for your support of the game! See you in orbit!

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June 28

Patchnotes June 28st, 2016

Server maintenance has been completed. Servers are now available.

Patchnotes:
Increased reward for Mentoring. Now Mentor gets 3 boosters and Novice gets 5 boosters.

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About This Game

The last unclaimed stargate has opened, plunging the galaxy into war. Will you choose the Shan'Ti, who shape genetics into living weapons, the insidious Consortium, focusing on subterfuge and mercenary armies, the rigid, cold order of the cybernetically augmented Hierarchy, the psychically powerful Annunaki and their zealous followers, the battle-hardened Terrans with their massive weapons of war or the brutal, adaptive Hajir-Gog, whose endless tide represents a scourge to the galactic civilization?

Star Crusade: War for the Expanse is a free-to-play, online, digital collectible card game (CCG) based in a richly styled sci-fi universe, where each player takes command of one of the six factions vying for supremacy in an unclaimed exotic sector of space. With 350 beautiful and unique cards available upon release, and many more to come in the form of expansions, Star Crusade will offer deep strategic options for CCG/TCG veterans, while still remaining accessible for newcomers to the genre.

The game focuses on fast paced, accessible strategic combat with countless card and deck combinations as well as unique faction specific tactics. We thought hard about the card game we want to play but most importantly, we want to build a community-centered and powered, ever-evolving game focused around interesting player choices.

War is coming. Build your deck, forge your destiny and shape the fate of the galaxy. Join the Star Crusade.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 X2
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 (256 MB) or ATI Radeon X1600 (256 MB) or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution
    Recommended:
    • OS: 7, 8
    • Processor: Intel Core ™ 2 Duo E6600 (2.2 GHz) or AMD Athlone 64 X2 5000+ (2.6 GHz) or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) or ATI Radeon HD4850 (512 MB) or better
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1024 x 768 minimum screen resolution
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Recent:
Mixed (65 reviews)
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End
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 29
HS
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N3k0
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 27
Why compare it to other ccg?This games rocks in my opinion.
Cool design,interesting factions and although some hero abilities are similar this games you plenty of really unique ones.
Despite being beta this feels like a pretty complete game.Definitely worth your time.
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Panda
( 26.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
10/10 Would play Hearthstone again.
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clous753
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
There are 2 kinds of decks in this game you will see aggro decks and new players (I am aware you can play other styles however most of what i have played against is aggro. Around 60 to 70% of my games to date) . While yes it plays like hearthstone it is mostly aggro centric (more so then even hearthstone) in its play. My point? The aggro cards in this game have no/very few down side to them many have decent stats and most are out right better then they're non aggro counter parts . Pair that with a very small player base (I know its EA but still a card game with few to no players is not a good thing. You will play other players multiple times over ,some times 5 to 6 times in a row) Can it be a good card game? Yes. Is it now? No they have much work to do with balance and until then it will be aggro centric at its core. I hope it gets better
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CuriousCabbitBlue
( 25.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
so it's similar to HS? so what.

alot card games are similar to each other

I don't play HS but I'll play this why? it's scifi themed. The Pics matter, the lore matters(hope there is more lore later on)

the grind isn't too bad if you do raid/ranked

rank you can't lose rank till a cretain pont so no reason not too

or you can level up your commander an get cards againist the bot (practice )

I like the look an enjoy it
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NoMeasureOfSkill
( 91.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
IF you like Hearthstone, then you will like this game as well because it plays very similarly. The key differences are in the deck building. Your commander at deck creation can have up to 3 hero powers (out of a pool of about 10 per commander) if he chooses and anywhere from 25 to 40 cards out of a pool of about 400 cards currently. The more things you put in your deck, the less focused it becomes, the tradeoff, but also you get more hit points. Another difference is that this game is much more strategically deep than Hearthstone as it has more mechanics to factor in to your strategy, such as an additional resources other than supply (mana) known as energy. As you could imagine this boosts the fun factor way up. In addition 2v2 will be implemented at some point. Can you imagine how that will play out? So this may be spacestone, but the devs are thinking outside of the box. At this early state of the game some of the creatures/robots/aberations/vehicles/etc. (minions) are missing sounds. Same is true of some of the tactics (spells) and modules (hero powers). But with every patch more and more comes alive. Also the game is still being balanced here and there and the foil cards are not out yet (golden animated versions of each card). Some functions such as hero skins, adventures packs, and other aspects are grayed out indicating they will be here at some point. The raid (arena) part of the game needs more players to make getting a match more faster. The game is free to play but a FTP player can compete with players that purchase boosters, albeit their win rate will not be as high as it could be. You regularly get boosters if you perform your quests (missions) at the rate of about 1 per day in about 1/2 hour of playing daily if you wish. Well, all in all at this early state I would highly recommend if you like Hearthstone but tire of the fantasy swords and spells theme. And even if your not tired of Hearthstone (like myself) I would definately try this game out as I'm enjoying both concurrently and both are free. A no brainer.
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Cazper
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 23
I didn't mind its similarities to Hearthstone. I love both games, and sci-fi was a good angle for the developers to pitch my way. Whatever the case I did enjoy this game. I enjoy that it allowed for my curved screen and its high aspect ratio display. as where hearthstone is limited to a much smaller aspect ratio. Thanks guys keep up the great work, i look forwad to the dlc 's you have and will be releasing for this game. :D
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[Fox]LawlessOri
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 23
Very nice CCG, great gameplay, nice cards.
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KckKryptonite
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 18
I was pretty disappointed to see that Star Crusade is a carbon copy of Hearthstone's gameplay right down to the hero powers. Not only that, but the devs couldn't even bother to attempt to create their own card mechanics as many of them are simply renamed ones from Hearthstone (Activate = Battlecry, Shield = Divine Shield, Revenge = Deathrattle, Fury = Enrage, etc).

Granted, the Energy and Firepower mechanics take a slight detour from the game being a complete mimic of Hearthstone, but it would still be a stretch to say the game offers anything new. This is reminiscent of the MMO era when devs decided to just clone WoW and change a few things so the game was only a 95% clone of WoW. Remaking Hearthstone and draping a sci-fi theme over it is lazy development and wasted effort in my opinion; why make a game if you don't even have your own ideas.

There is a difference between drawing inspiration from a game versus copying it. Star Crusade feels, looks, and plays exactly like Hearthstone; which begs the question: why play a poor man's version of Hearthstone when you can just play Hearthstone? It's quite mind boggling why the devs decided to go this route - compete directly with Hearthstone, the biggest online CCG, but do nothing better and offer nothing new. Look to Runescape Chronicles or Spellweaver for unique CCG alternatives.
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selpo801
( 38.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: June 13
great game :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 29
HS
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
91.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
IF you like Hearthstone, then you will like this game as well because it plays very similarly. The key differences are in the deck building. Your commander at deck creation can have up to 3 hero powers (out of a pool of about 10 per commander) if he chooses and anywhere from 25 to 40 cards out of a pool of about 400 cards currently. The more things you put in your deck, the less focused it becomes, the tradeoff, but also you get more hit points. Another difference is that this game is much more strategically deep than Hearthstone as it has more mechanics to factor in to your strategy, such as an additional resources other than supply (mana) known as energy. As you could imagine this boosts the fun factor way up. In addition 2v2 will be implemented at some point. Can you imagine how that will play out? So this may be spacestone, but the devs are thinking outside of the box. At this early state of the game some of the creatures/robots/aberations/vehicles/etc. (minions) are missing sounds. Same is true of some of the tactics (spells) and modules (hero powers). But with every patch more and more comes alive. Also the game is still being balanced here and there and the foil cards are not out yet (golden animated versions of each card). Some functions such as hero skins, adventures packs, and other aspects are grayed out indicating they will be here at some point. The raid (arena) part of the game needs more players to make getting a match more faster. The game is free to play but a FTP player can compete with players that purchase boosters, albeit their win rate will not be as high as it could be. You regularly get boosters if you perform your quests (missions) at the rate of about 1 per day in about 1/2 hour of playing daily if you wish. Well, all in all at this early state I would highly recommend if you like Hearthstone but tire of the fantasy swords and spells theme. And even if your not tired of Hearthstone (like myself) I would definately try this game out as I'm enjoying both concurrently and both are free. A no brainer.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
26.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
10/10 Would play Hearthstone again.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 24
so it's similar to HS? so what.

alot card games are similar to each other

I don't play HS but I'll play this why? it's scifi themed. The Pics matter, the lore matters(hope there is more lore later on)

the grind isn't too bad if you do raid/ranked

rank you can't lose rank till a cretain pont so no reason not too

or you can level up your commander an get cards againist the bot (practice )

I like the look an enjoy it
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 23
Very nice CCG, great gameplay, nice cards.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 23
I didn't mind its similarities to Hearthstone. I love both games, and sci-fi was a good angle for the developers to pitch my way. Whatever the case I did enjoy this game. I enjoy that it allowed for my curved screen and its high aspect ratio display. as where hearthstone is limited to a much smaller aspect ratio. Thanks guys keep up the great work, i look forwad to the dlc 's you have and will be releasing for this game. :D
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: April 9
This is a nicely done card game about cosmic raiders and such sci-fi stuff (different commander races and several decks to pick your cards from). There's a really friendly and comprehensive tutorial that will soon give you all the basic knowledge. Interface is pleasant to use, of high standard and rather intuitive, it has pretty animations too. Gameplay is usual for the genre - defend the commander drawing and playing your cards from the pre-built set. Deserves a try for a CCG fan.

Хорошо исполненная карточная игра про космические набеги и прочие фантастические дела (разные расы командиров, несколько колод на выбор). Присутствует весьма дружелюбное и понятное обучение, которое быстро введет вас в курс дела. Интерфейсприятне в использовании, соответствует лучшим стандартам и довольно интуитивен, содержит также миленькие анимации. Процесс игры обычен для жанра - защищаем командира, вытягивая и выкладывая карты из заранее подобранного набора. Заслуживает внимания со стороны фанатов коллекционно-карточных игр.
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43 of 58 people (74%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 2
Yes, this game has similarities to Hearthstone, I haven't heard anyone argue that.

This game also has about thrice the depth and it's just in public beta.

The game deserves a chance.
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40 of 57 people (70%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
336.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 1
A sci-fi card game, which offers great flexibility (I hope they keep it up) in mechanics, gameplay and deck content. Unlike in Hearthstone, the game isn't won by the person who can hit the face faster, or burst you down from 18+ HP out of nowhere, it involves strategic decisions to develop your lategame, while hindering your opponent from reaching his.

There are really cheap but effective decks you can build, it doesn't take long to get cheap ang good cards. It may take a few games to realise how some keywords work, and the tutorial needs some rework.

You can get in-game currency fast.

A really fun game, I can recommend it to everyone.

There are a lot of people saying it is the same as hearthstone, however once you played it a couple of times, you will notice the big differences. Just because something is red and round, it doesn't mean it is an apple (;
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141 of 238 people (59%) found this review helpful
63 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 16, 2015
"Star Crusade CCG" is a true archetype of our gaming age: the Neo-Bootleg. For those who don't remember classic games such as the sixteen different versions of "Hangly-Man," a "bootleg" game was one that went beyond a cleared throat and an air-quoted "inspired by," past the bullet-riddled warning signs of "imitation of" and straight into the seedy, crack-scented chop shop of borderline counterfeiting. Like it or hate it, one can't avoid the fact that it's a crass reskin of an existing product, muddied by free-to-play MMO clipart, an unappealing UI and a somewhat more exhausting monetization system. The mechanics are the same. The cards are the same. The heroes are the same. The only difference between this and Hearthstone is that this is somehow the same thing but terrible. If you could produce video games in a sweatshop, this is exactly the sort of game you would get.

If Hearthstone had a purchase price, I'd be giving SC:CCG a pragmatic, unsmiling thumbs up as the poor man's alternative. Since it doesn't, we have to concede that its only reason to exist is as a cynical, possibly even illegal cash grab typical of the modern mobile app market. If you really, truly hate Blizzard and their smarmy high-fantasy IP, then by all means waste your time with THIS flavorless chunk of damp Chinese newspaper instead of THAT saccharine slice of carcinogenic angel cake. But don't pretend you're having a good time, because you're not.
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