Stackable plastic ships from the FFG edition

Ships (tokens prior to the Avalon Hill edition) are the basic unit of a player's presence on a planet and in an encounter. Generally, having more ships on a planet or in the hyperspace gate is better than not having as much. When ships are lost, they go to the warp, after which they may not be used until retrieved through Regroup, rewards, or a game effect such as Mobius Tubes.