A Handful of Stars

From snow to space


This is not only a presentation of a game, but also an homage for a publisher - A Handful of Stars is the last game that was published by Treefrog games - Martin Wallace will in future only design games for other companies.

A Handful of Stars sit the third game of the “Deck building with a board” series, after  A Few Acres of Snow and Mythotopia:

As one of seven races with individual powers and abilities you want to consolidate your empire in a spiral arm of the galaxy and conquer new worlds. After a complex game setup, you begin with cards for habitable and inhabitable starting systems ; habitable ones yield points and allow ship construction; inhabitable ones yield resources - energy, matter, population and research. Energy is used to move fleets; matter provides combat strength and is resource for building fleets and star bases. Population is also a resource for building and for colonization. Research pays for technology cards and for passage through worm holes. As active player, you have two actions and then refill your card to the hand limit, according to the mechanics of deck building games. Actions are Build, Movement and Combat, Colonize, Draft one technology card, Reserve cards, Discard cards, Remove one card from play, Card action or Pass. You win with most victory points from expanding into other systems - three VP per outpost and five SP per colony - as well as from technology cards and development counters.

A Handful of Stars is the best game of the trilogy and a fitting finale for Treefrog Games; as regards to topic and mechanism details it is an individual stand-alone part of the series.


Players: 2-4

Age: 13+

Time: 120+

Designer: Martin Wallace

Artist: Odysseas Stamoglou, Hans Kleinenberg

Price: ca. 75 Euro

Publisher: Treefrog Games 2017


Genre: Deck building, SciFi

Users: For experts

Version: en

Rules: en

In-game text: yes



Last game from Treefrog Games

Part Three of the Deck Building Trilogy

For experienced players only


Compares to:

A few Acres of Snow, Mythotopia


Other editions:

Currently none


Chance (pink): 1

Tactic (turquoise): 3

Strategy (blue): 2

Creativity (dark blue): 0

Knowledge (yellow): 0

Memory (orange): 0

Communication (red): 0

Interaction (brown): 3

Dexterity (green): 0

Action (dark green): 0