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Race For The Galaxy: The Gathering Storm


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  • This is an expansion to Race for the Galaxy, it is not a standalone game
  • Adds depth and complexity to Race for the Galaxy
  • Includes rules for 6 players
  • Can also be played solitaire-style
  • Adds depth and complexity
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  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.5 x 2.8 inches ; 14.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Germany
  • ASIN: B001HV9SLS
  • Item model number: RGG363
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 13 - 17 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,415 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Product Description

This first expansion for Race for the Galaxy adds cards, a 5th player, and other ways to expand your universe.The designer will be releasing more details about this expansion closer to the release date. The information that is known is summarized by the designer. Each expansion adds one more player, more cards, plus some goodies besides cards. The first expansion includes solitaire rules. It also includes some blank cards and a contest card for players to submit a card idea to Rio Grande Games. Two slots have been left open in the second expansion for the winners.

From the Manufacturer

This first expansion for Race for the Galaxy adds cards, a 5th player, and other ways to expand your universe.The designer will be releasing more details about this expansion closer to the release date. The information that is known is summarized by the designer. Each expansion adds one more player, more cards, plus some goodies besides cards. The first expansion includes solitaire rules. It also includes some blank cards and a contest card for players to submit a card idea to RGG. Two slots have been left open in the second expansion for the winners.

Customer Reviews

Great expansion for a great game!
Ben
The goals took me a while to get used to, but they do add more interaction to the race for the galaxy.
N. Kandah
The game can seem a bit complicated at first, but if you stick with it it will make sense and be fun.
B. Ward

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By R. Newnham on August 30, 2011
Format: Toy
Race for the Galaxy (RftG) is an excellent strategy card game with a fun space theme. In it, players settle planets and build developments. A game round starts with each player secretly selecting an action card, then revealing the actions selected together. Each action card selected means an action is available for all players that round, and the selecting player gets some privelege for being the one who selected it. Actions include Explore (drawing cards), Settle and Develop (for purchasing a planet or development card, respectively, among others. Game play continues until someone has played the twelfth card in their tableau (play area), after which victory points are added up.

An expansion to this game I cannot play it without is The Gathering Storm (TGS). TGS is the first of three expansions for the game. As expected, it adds a few cards to the pretty large amount in the base game. These cards are pretty well balanced and fill thematic and mechanical "holes" in the base game. For example, some cards have keywords that can be relevant when scoring happens. This adds more of those cards, which allow more interesting combinations. What really stands out, however, are the goal cards.

The goal cards are a set of goals that are randomly dealt out each game. Two large goals each worth five victory points and four small goals each worth three are in each game. The large goals function like the Longest Road/Largest Army cards in Settlers of Catan, in that they can change hands during the course of the game. One is for largest military, for example, and another is for largest number of large developments. The small ones are for the first person to reach the goal.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Hentschel on October 8, 2011
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The Gathering Storm expansion adds two main things to the game: Goals and Solitaire Mode. There are a handful of extra cards as well which are nice too.

Goals
The goals addon is pretty simple: there are "first" goals which award 3 VP to the first player (or players if tied) to meet the requirements. This includes first to discard, first to one world of each production type, first to play a 6-cost development, and some others. The second type is "most" goals. These award 5 VP to the player with the "most" of a certain item. These are most developments, production worlds, windfall worlds, and largest army. These can be stolen from each other.

Honestly, this is something that should have been included in the original game and I think it adds interaction to what was essentially multi-player solitaire before.

Solitaire Mode
The solitaire mode looks incredibly complex upon first reading, but once you get the hang of it, it's pretty straightforward. Place your 2 actions and roll 2 dice to see what the "robot" does and follow the instructions. One of the main issues I have with it is that it takes a completely different strategy to beat, so you can't really use it for practicing strategy. It also can be frustrating as you can't effectively play production and consume actions without giving the robot a ton of points.

Overall, it's a nice addition to the original game, but for ~$18 it's definitely on the pricey side for what you get. Especially since the main game mechanic should have been included in the original.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aaron S on May 13, 2011
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I love the original game and this expansion is almost perfect. The start worlds are new and balanced and there are some very interesting new playing cards. The single player Robot is well done. It's challenging and takes a different strategy than a human player but is plenty beatable; well on easy anyway, I haven't tried the hard version. The only negative is that there are not all that many new cards in this set. However there is almost no filler, all of the new cards are unique. Combine that with a well done single player mode and I highly recommend this expansion for anyone who likes the original.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Akolotu Moeloa on December 23, 2013
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I decided to take a look at adding expansions cards to the base set of RftG, however my reaction to this expansion was mixed. What I was looking for was new cards to add to the base game. What I got, well...

The first major change this expansion makes is by adding goal cards. The point of the goals is to meet them with various configurations of your tableau thereby gaining bonus victory points. Example goals include first player to play a six-cost development or the first player to have five or more victory points in chips. Goals are shuffled at the beginning of the game and drawn randomly, so this adds to variability. However it also slows game play, as players are having to pay close attention to the state of their tableaus to ensure they haven't missed a goal. The goals are useful if you're looking to add new strategies or modify existing ones.

The next major addition (arguably the biggest) this expansion makes is a solitaire play variant against a pre-programmed AI or "adaptable robot" as the rules call it. The box contains special components and rules. I can't give my opinion on it since I've not actually played it. I prefer the expertly-coded Windows PC app from Keldon Jones which you can find online for free. Still, it may be worth taking a look.

This expansion also adds a drafting variant for two or three players in which all player drafts five cards in alternating directions until they're all drawn. This breaks the main deck into separate "private decks" that players draw from for the remainder of the game. This was the most intriguing change to the game for me, as this allows players to tailor their decks and it reduces the randomness inherent in the original game's blind card draw.
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