Hexy Studio is breaking into the board gaming world with their first title, Star Scrappers: Cave-in. This is a hand building and mining game where you are using your hand full of mercenaries to recruit other mercenaries, mine for crystals, buy artifacts, and even take over other player’s bases. Each turn is simple in that you just go through the three phases, first is the beginning phase where anything that triggers at the start of the turn triggers, and you can use your leader power. Next is the action phase and where most of the game will happen, here you will recruit mercenaries with ones you already have, mine with like colored mercenaries, or buy artifacts with them as well. One interesting aspect is that any mercenaries you play are played in front of you called your base, with the top card being your leader. Also there there is no draw deck so you have to recruit to get more cards back into your hand, or go on the offensive. On your turn you get two actions, they can be two of the aforementioned options, or you can use both to attack a base, even your own. When you do that the owner of the base takes their leader back, but then you grab the rest of their cards until you have a full hand or you have taken all the cards. This offers a quick way to get cards as well as bring some player interaction into the game. At the end, whoever has the most points in crystals and faction symbol collections is the winner.
The art for the game is great, and the reverse pyramid structure of the crystals means the cheap stuff is easy to get, but the real points are much farther down. Add in a large variety of mercenaries and artifact cards and you have a solid game that plays like a deck-less deck builder. So if this sounds interesting, head on over to the Kickstarter page to check it out.