So my wife and I play this game regularly, and we've come across this scenario a few times:
1) It's my wife's turn. I'm waiting for my turn, sitting pretty with 2 commanders and a lieutenant in my hand and she's just used up her last search and there's a card I REALLY want in the Starbase, so it's mine for the taking come next turn.
2) She goes exploring and flips a War event.
This happens a lot - I'm still aggressively building my deck (and thus have lots of basics with which I can spend XP) and I'm all set up to buy a card I really want and then another player flips a war event and I have to basically waste my awesome XP-laden hand in order to play a battle I'm going to lose because my hand has mostly basics in it.
I guess this means quit buying so many basics that they clog up my hand, but still...
my question is:
When I play my basics for their meager stats in the battle, can I spend the XP anyway and get cards from the starbase? Can I at least spend the XP to bring my ship back up to full health before a battle? Or since it's not technically my turn, do I have to choose between playing my basics for their stats and wasting their XP or holding them back for my turn (assuming I don't get destroyed)?
My wife and I LOVE this game, btw. Deep enough to give you real strategy but quick enough to not be taxing.