Race for the Galaxy

Race for the Galaxy

Product #RGG301

Regular Price: $34.95

Special Price: $24.89

6 In stock

Manufacturer: Rio Grande Games

Explore, Settle, Develop, Trade, Consume, or Produce? Which do you need the most? Which of Earth's former colonies will be most successful at settling the galaxy, now that JumpDrive exists? Who will discover the secrets of the mysteriously vanished Alien Overlords? Your goal: to build the most prosperous and powerful space empire!

Contents:
5 Start World Cards
109 Game Cards
4 Sets of 7 Player Action Cards
8 Cards for Experienced Two-Player Game
4 Summary Sheets
28 Victory Point Chips


Ages: 12+
Players: 2-4
Game Length: 30-60 minutes



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An amazing hand management title
Race for the Galaxy is not the easiest game to pick up. It features a simple action selection mechanic where everyone chooses their action simultaneously and all players reveal their chosen action which could result in not much happening per round or everything falling perfectly into place. But in order to line up your actions correctly you are going to have to learn the iconography in this space themed title.

Yes it may take a while and the pool of cards is not endless. However over time this game evolves to a chess-like mentality as you start to calculate what move will outpace your opponent as you tighten your control and options while not offering other players the same luxuries. This is a game we have played over 50 times and the end does not seem to be on the horizon anytime soon. I would highly recommend Race for the Galaxy to just about any player.
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Review by daniel on 10/6/2015
Well, its good, but...
This was one of the first games I picked up after getting into board games. I read an awful lot of excellent reviews about it, and was excited to dive in! The space theme is great! We even played it a decent bit after getting it, but it wasn't long before it started to feel just a little bit... samey.

I think a common warning for people getting into this game is the symbols, and that its got a steep learning curve. That wasn't an issue for us really. We watched a video rather than reading the rules, and didn't have any issues. Our problem was that after a while, you begin to understand the various paths you should take. You're given one of five start worlds, which generally dictates your strategy. You can branch out from that a bit, but after several plays, it felt like we had quickly experienced all it had to offer.

Its not a terrible game; in fact its pretty good. I just feel like Ive got plenty of other games at this point that satisfy for much longer than this one did.
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Review by Joshua on 10/2/2015
Not my favorite game, but for some reason I keep wanting to play it.
This game is a tricky one for me to put my finger on. Sometimes when I play it I love it and other times I play it I get a very "meh" feeling. For some reason I just keep wanting to play it though. I appreciate that the expansions give support for more players, but at the same time I think I would skip the expansions on this one if I were to do it again.
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Review by Mark on 10/1/2015
A lot of game in a few cards
Race for the Galaxy is a unique game where cards can have a variety of uses and each round depends on what choices you and your opponents make. Each round you will be selecting one of the 5 phases that you want to happen (as well as a bonus that you'll receive for choosing that phase. But only the phases chosen by your group will activate during that round.

You may want to explore to gain new cards, develop a card in your hand, settle a world, trade the goods on your world, and produce goods on your worlds. But you can only pick one! And your opponents must do the same. You might not get to develop that card this turn, even though your strategy really depended on it.

Cards are also unique. Cards in your hand represent what technologies you can develop and the worlds you can settle. But they also are what you pay to be able to develop/settle other cards. You won't be able to use all your cards. You must make hard choices.

This game requires you to learn what your opponents will probably do and adjust to their play and strategies. It requires you to make meaningful choices with your cards and which round you choose. There's an awful lot of game in such a small box. There are also several expansions.

On the down side, there are lots of icons in this game. Some of them are pretty intuitive, but some of them are not so much. It takes a while to get used to. Thankfully, many of the less common symbols have text on the card telling you what they mean. Overall, despite the learning curve, I really enjoy the game. There is little player interaction (aside from choosing phases), which makes this game nice for people who like competitive play without the "take that" aspect. I highly recommend this game.
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Review by Jason on 9/16/2015