Here you can find answers to the most common questions for Xia: Legends of a Drift System.

How many people can play Xia?
Xia can be played with 3 to 5 players.

How long does a typical game take?
Xia has a variable game length – you choose how many points to play to at the beginning of each game. The typical game length by points is:
5 points ≈ 15 min per player.
10 points ≈ 30 min per player.
20 points ≈ 45 min per player.


Rule Clarifications / Questions:

Double Planetary Border Jumping
Scenario: A ship attempts to move 1 space passing through 2 planetary boundaries. If it successfully jumps through the first planetary boundary, but fails its roll to pass through the 2nd, what happens?

The ship does not leave the origin space until it has cleared both planetary shields. Either you pass through both shields, or are rebuffed by one or the other and stay in your original space.

Tigris Gate Connections
Scenario: The Tigris Gate does not connect to other gates, but do they connect to the Tigris Gate?

The Tigris Gate is not connected to the other gates and the other gates do not connect to the Tigris.

Mag-Harpoon Movement
Scenario: What is the exact algorithm for following a ship via Mag-Harpoon. The rules do not say at what distance you may follow behind the other ship. Also, the rules use the word “may”. Assuming a follow distance of 1, does this imply that when a ship is adjacent to you before and after single move space, that you can choose whether to take the spot he vacates or remain still (yet attached)?

After attaching to a host: When the host ship moves a space, your ship moves into the space previously occupied by the host. The “may” is used to imply that you may either move into that space, or choose to “detach” from the host ship, at which point you will cease to follow them.

Entering a Lawful Planet Entrance via Mag-Harpoon as an Outlaw
Scenario: An outlaw player is following an innocent via Mag-Harpoon who goes through a lawful planetary entrance. The innocent then attempts to move further inside the planet. What happens?

The Outlaw cannot enter via the entrance and is automatically “detached”.

Passing through a planetary shield via Mag-Harpoon
Scenario: A player is following another via Mag-Harpoon who goes through a planetary shield. What happens if the first ship makes the roll, but the follow ship fails?

The “follow ship” is rebuffed by the planet shields and is automatically “detached”.

Over-Surge Dice Penalty
Scenario: Over-Surge is used in combination with normal uses of the same outfit for a single Action or Defense. Does the damage penalty from Over-Surge get applied to each roll or to only the overcharge roll?

When combined into one attack – the damage to the outfit is applied before the attack roll(s). All rolls from that outfit will have the damage applied to them for that attack.

Over-Surge Double Slot Usage
Scenario: Can a player use an outfit space (placing a marker on that slot) and use Over-Surge to place a damage on the same spot on a combined attack/defend?

While it is certainly possible to do this – you would not gain an extra roll. The use space would only count as being activated once in that combined attack/defend.

NPC Action Ordering
Scenario: Do the NPC’s actions always occur top to bottom?

Yes – pg.16 of the rulebook > Non-Player Ships: “To take an NPC turn, the player simply reads the NPC card from top to bottom, following the directions.”

Merchant Targeting
Scenario: Does the Merchant decide its next planet at the time that it sells or based on where it last sold, as in the case of newly discovered planets?

Merchant picks the next planet on the trade route at the time of “selling” (or when it first spawns). If a planet is not discovered at that time it is skipped – so planets discovered during a trip don’t affect it, as they have already been “skipped” and are therefor at the back of the trade route rotation.

Finite Money/Damage Markers
Scenario: Is money/Damage Markers finite?

No – they are infinite. I tried to include enough tokens that you shouldn’t run out in most scenarios.

Title Generous
Scenario: When can generous be claimed? How is it arbitrated, if applicable, when more than 1 player wants to complete the title at the same time? If it is possible to complete generous on someone else’s turn, is it possible for Generous to give you the winning point, but you cannot collect it until the end of your turn, allowing someone else to win the game before your turn starts?

Titles are drawn during your status phase and therefore cannot be claimed by the player who drew it on that turn.

For a Title that can be completed on another player’s turn – it’s simply claimed during the next available status phase. In the case of Generous – you should use turn order to decide conflict.

Title Veteran
Scenario: If you have Veteran, do you still have to roll for failure?

Yes. All mission rules still apply – except when receiving the actually payment, instead of getting what you’ve “earned”, you get the maximum amount possible.

Using Occupied Spaces Through a Planetary Border
Scenario: A player attempts to use an occupied space that is on the other side of a planetary border. If he passes the first roll but fails the 2nd, what happens?

If you’re outside of a planetary shield, you are not considered to be adjacent to spaces inside the shield (pg.13 > Adjacency). In this section I only included being adjacent to ships, but I should have included spaces. So this situation isn’t possible.

Using Occupied Spaces Multiple Times
Scenario: A player attempts to use an occupied space multiple times. Does he have to spend 2 move and potentially cross borders for each usage, e.g. when mining?

No – only spend once, take actions as if you were on that space. You can take multiple actions.

Business Phase Actions
Scenario: Can you take actions during the Business Phase more than once in the same phase?

Yes – provided you meet any prerequisites and have the Credits for business.

Scanning while inside Planetary Shield
Scenario: If you’re on a planet and on the edge, can you scan through the shields to reveal the next sector?

No you cannot. When on a planet you are not adjacent to anything outside of the Planetary Shield.

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