Roll for the Galaxy

Roll for the Galaxy

Product #RGG492

Regular Price: $59.95

Special Price: $42.59

5 In stock

Manufacturer: Rio Grande Games


Build Empires in Space - with Dice!


Roll for the Galaxy is a dice game of building space empires. Seven different types of custom dice represent your workers. Each round, roll and assign them to develop new technologies, settle worlds, and ship goods. Can you build the most prosperous space empire? Roll and find out!

Contents:
111 Custom Dice
78 Game Tiles
5 Dice Cups
5 Player Mats
5 Player Screens
5 Phase Strips
5 Credit Markers
33 Victory Point Chips
Cloth Bag
Rules


Ages: 14+
Players: 2-5
Game Length: 45 minutes



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A Good Fast-Paced Space Building Game
Wow! Talk about wow! I have friends who have told me that Roll for the Galaxy will easily replace Race for the Galaxy. The gameplay is more streamlined, the components are high quality (though I, like almost everyone else, wishes the dice were larger than the 12mm variety), and the multiple strategies to victory make Roll for the Galaxy a regular game night game. If there is any con to the game, it is that a player can runaway with a victory after the sixth round. Once players fill half of their tableau areas with developments or planets, it is common to see who will win quite easily with no hopes of other players making it a close game. Sometimes tile draws are just in one player's favor. That said, if two or more players are close (i.e. within four points) of one another near the midpoint of a game, anyone can eek out a win.

And finally, no confusing iconography!!!

If you like Race for the Galaxy and want something faster, then this is a must buy. Check this out and then purchase Roll for the Galaxy: Ambition.
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Review by Randomfleming on 4/27/2017
way Awesome
Learned this at GEN-CON without ever playing "Race", and love this. The game mechanics are unique and re-playable. Its a little deeper and complex for the non-gamer as a starter, but don't hold back too long. Also, aesthetically - this game is very attractive and tactile. This game ends up bring like a good friend on the gameshelp that you will want to bring out!
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Review by Jammin on 2/26/2016
Excellent Game
I have only played Race for the Galaxy a few times and, while I was impressed with the game's design, it left me feeling a bit "bleh." I don't know if it was entirely an aesthetic concern, but I felt that something was missing.

My first play of Roll for the Galaxy, on the other hand, left me in a state of post-game bliss with a desire to play more. People always said that the joy of Race was learning new combos, attempting new strategies, and trying to make the most of what you were dealt. I think that Roll does similar things, albeit in a bit more streamlined fashion.

What's better is that it has been much easier to introduce this game, with its shiny dice and cool tiles, to new players than it was to get people to want to play a Euro-esque card game.

Highly recommended.
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Review by Kenny on 1/26/2016
Dice anyone? There are plenty
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.
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Review by Richard on 11/7/2015
Currently in my top 10!
This game is amazing. It is a re-imagining of race for the galaxy with dice. It's streamlined and play really well. I've play 2, 3, and 5 player with it. It works well at all levels, but I'd say it works best with 3 to 5 players. You might ask about the luck factor since dice are involved. I am the dice hate me king and I gotta say that most of the time I don't wind up cursing the dice rolls in this game. I think because you can do so many different things with the dice. I mean sure you can get good and bad rolls, but you get into the mode of making what you have work that you don't really feel too frustrated. For me the bigger stress in the game is trying to figure out which actions the other players are going to pick. If you can figure that out, then you can do really well regardless of what dice you roll.

The component quality is top notch. The card stock for the worlds and development tiles is super thick. The dice are very colorful and clearly marked. The dice come in a plastic bag all mixed together. For many this would be fine, but I personally didn't like it. So I got a small tackle box from Walmart that fit all the dice and victory point bits really neatly. It all still fits in the box too.

If you like dice, buy it. If you like strategy games, buy it. If you like awesome games in general, then buy this.
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Review by Matt on 11/5/2015
Wow
This game is extremely intimidating to begin playing, the player aids look like they have some kind of alien hieroglyphics and the concept of the game is a bit hazy at first, but after playing two turns your eyes will grow wide as you realize how remarkably simple and brilliant this game really is.

This game is excellent in every way. Much of the games strategy lies in efficiently using your workers (DIce) while anticipating your opponents actions so you can piggy back off of them to make the most of every turn.

Games are played in 30-45 minutes with experienced players and even though this game is intimidating to teach at first if you have players who are patient and willing to learn it is actually very easy to grasp how to play once the game begins.

I highly recommend this game, everything about it is really excellent.
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Review by Christopher on 10/26/2015
Race for the Galaxy, but with dice
This is a bit better than the card game since you start out with a few abilities & usually 1 extra color die. The color dice have an advantage to the white dice in so much as they often have a symbol(s) on more than one side. Plus the color dice have a wild side and the white starter dice do not.
My only issue with the game is occasionally one player gets 2 or more abilities that work so well together that it turns into a point juggernaut, and no one can catch them. Still it is a fun game, and if you like Race for the Galaxy, check out the game reviews/playthroughs on youtube. You'll probably really like this game!
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Review by Steve W. on 10/22/2015
Strong game, lots of strategy despite dice element
This has become a family favorite for my wife ,son (11), and daughter (13). It can play rather quickly (35-60 min) and stays interesting since everyone takes their actions at the same time. Yes, dice can't be predicted but each type is specialized so can play the odds but making the most out of unexpected windfalls and reading other players will consistently win this game. The component quality is very good and considering how many dice come in this game you can understand the price point. If that scares you away wait for a sale but move quick as people tend to snatch this one up quickly! Well worth it at full price either way.
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Review by rAbidDuCk on 10/8/2015
The Galaxy rests in your hand!….and cup!
Roll for the Galaxy is an innovative offspring of the popular Rio Grande game Race for the Galaxy. Instead of being card driven it is now all about the tiles and dice; gameplay is a similar experience but different enough to justify having both in your library.
With tons of dice and high quality components, this game offers tremendous replay factor and breathes new life in the Race for the Galaxy universe. I look forward to more games expanding their worlds while keeping the core theme present throughout.
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Review by Dan of the Gaming Nonsense Uncensored Podcast on 10/7/2015
Very strategic and fast dice game!
I love how fast and strategic this game is. I love how fun it is to balance strategy with tactics works in this game. This is an elegant and fast playing game. I am personally not a huge fan of the theme, but I still love the gameplay. Also the components are of excellent quality.
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Review by Spencer on 9/30/2015
Can't choose between Roll for the Galaxy and Race for the Galaxy
If you've played Race for the Galaxy, then you'll immediately have an inside view to this game. So far, in my experience, this game is much easier to help new players understand and get to do well in than Race for the Galaxy. There are less details to remember. I also like the random aspect of the roll phases and the specialization of the individual dice. It makes the game more interesting.

I've tried to consider if I would keep Race or Roll over the other, and I honestly don't know. While the games have similar themes and play roughly the same, they have quite different feels. First, planets actually feel different from developments. Race only made a distinction when resources were produced, but otherwise planets weren't any different from developments. In Roll, planets give you dice, and developments give you abilities. Also, the distribution of planets and developments is equal because every tile is double-sided with one planet and one development. Sometimes you just hope to get lucky in Race.

The price of this game feels a bit high, but most of the game is thick, durable cardboard (and you don't need to sleeve your cards). The plethora of dice also add to the price (dice are surprisingly expensive). But despite the major cost difference, I like pulling this one out more than Race most of the time. If you like Race for the Galaxy, then buy this game, too!
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Review by Jason B. on 9/22/2015