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RACE FOR THE GALAXY

byRio Grande Games
players2-4
ages12+
$54.20

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In Race for the Galaxy, players build galactic civilizations by game cards that represent worlds or technical and social developments.Each round consists of one or more of five possible phases. In each round, each player secretly and simultaneously chooses one of seven different action cards and then reveals it. Only the selected phases occur. For these phases, every player performs the phase’s action, while the selecting player(s) also get a bonus for that phase.For example, if at least one player chooses the Develop action, then the Develop phase will occur; otherwise it is skipped. In it, each player may simultaneously select a development from his hand of cards to build. After revealing the cards, each player adds his development to his tableau of cards on the table and then discards cards from his hand equal to its cost. Each player who chose Develop discards one card fewer as his bonus.Explore allows a player to draw cards and select which of them to add to his hand. Settle allows a player to place a world in his tableau. Some worlds produce goods, represented by face down cards, when Produce is selected. These goods can be discarded for victory points or sold to add cards to the player’s hand by selecting Consume. With cards, players can settle new worlds and build more developments, gaining both victory points and card powers that provide advantages in certain phases.The player who best manages his cards, phase and bonus selections, and card powers to build the greatest space empire, wins.The winner is the player with the most victory points.

Customer Reviews

deep offering Review by gobo
Rating
Race for the Galaxy is a perennial favourite among gamers. It is quite the achievement to create a game that does not seem to age for players, offering a balanced set of mechanics that encourage endless play - and lets face it, if you have taken the time to familiarise yourself with the iconography in this game then that is a good thing!
A deep, rich rewarding game full of strategy and tough decisions that takes 30 minutes. Be sure to check out San Juan as well - in fact San Juan learnt first will greatly assist with learning RftG. (Posted on 29/10/15)
A frantic race to build the greatest space empire Review by Tom
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An exceptional game, finely balanced. Involving playing a combination of cards representing one's space empire, collecting more cards and scoring points for having the most impressive civilization.

Great art, and games play quickly. The title really matches the game play - often the race is down to the last few cards to decide who wins.

However, if you are looking for a game to introduce to new gamers, then this is not the game you are looking for. There is some initial rule complexity to explain, and some iconography which takes a little while to get used to. The first game is necessary just to get over the initial complexity (and is unlikely to be enjoyable). But once everything 'clicks' then this game is absolutely marvellous. Best to let an experienced player teach this game and play open handed to talk the new players through the different strategies. (Posted on 29/05/15)

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