I personally have never played Race for the Galaxy, so I did not have any insight on what the theme of the game was initially. After unboxing, I was amazed at the components they provide. Some people may think its a bit pricey, but for everything you get it, it is easily justifiable. I have really enjoyed this game so far and everyone I introduce it to wants to play again. Don't over look this title, give it a shot, you wont be disappointed.