Xenofera can support from 2 to 5 players, with an average game play time of 15 mins per player.
Each player is dealt 2 Huntsman. They select one huntsman to represent themselves and discard the other.
The deck is shuffled and 5 creatures are revealed, creating the initial "line of sight". Player's can only capture creatures in the "line of sight".
Each player is dealt 2 Collection cards. They keep one, this becomes their hidden mission, and discard the other.
Take 2 Small Animal cage, 2 Steel cage, and 2 Glass Enclosure with Divider cards from the deck. Then take 1 Expedition Member for each player from the deck.
Deal each player a hand as follows:
- Shuffle the 6 cages and deal each player 1 cage, shuffling the rest back into the deck.
- Deal each player 1 Expedition Member.
- Deal each player 4 additional cards from the deck.
Each player chooses one set of Battle cards.
Each player's area is divided into 2 areas: the Crew Quarters and the Cargo Bay. The player's Crew Quarters can hold the player's Huntsman, any number of Collection cards, and up to 5 Crew Members. Their Cargo Bay can hold up to 10 cages and 1 Alarm.