The goal of Outer Rim is to be the first player to ten fame, but the path to notoriety can be different for every scoundrel. Some will spend their time crossing paths with the various factions patrolling the Outer Rim, others will track down iconic Star Wars characters dead or alive for bounties, still more will make their fortune delivering illegal cargo, dodging patrols and encounters as they make their way across the galaxy.
A game of Outer Rim takes place over a series of turns that are each split into three steps.
- Planning Step – During this step, the active player may gain credits, move across the galaxy, or recover all of their damage.
- Action Step – Here, the active player may perform any number of actions, including buying cards from a communal marketplace and delivering cargo and bounties.
- Encounter Step – The active player resolves a single encounter, usually by drawing an encounter card corresponding to their space.
Turns continue until one player reaches ten fame, at which point they become a living legend and win the game!