Race For The Galaxy
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- For 2-4 players
- 60 minute playing time
- Check out all the great expansions to Race for the Galaxy
- Takes about 60 minutes to play
- Popular Eurogame
- Score the most points and win
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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.
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I think the symbols on the cards are intuitive, but I've seen inexperienced gamers complain about the number of symbols. The symbols are color-coded and would be unreadable to the color-blind.
Less than a few months after its release, RftG's rating already in the top forty all time on the Board Game Geek website, which is unheard of.
One major departure from the "PUERTO RICO"/"SAN JUAN" mechanics is that all players choose roles simultaneously. Each player has a hand of role cards for "explorer" (to draw cards), "developer" (playing new technology), "settler" (playing new worlds), "consumer" (equivalent to trader or captain), and "producer" (same as always). The explore phase has two versions, one giving a deeper draw and one keeping more cards. The consume phase has an alternate version, the trader, which allows only the trader to draw cards for a good while everyone else can only consume (equivalent to shipping).
All players choose roles simultaneously and then show their role. If more than one player chooses the same role, each "chooser" gets the benefit but there is only one phase for that role. Another interesting complication is that worlds and developments may have symbols for each phase which affect the player's actions. There may be, for instance, an additional card draw during the phase, or a cost break on certain kinds of cards. These effects stack, so the total effect can be quite powerful.
Settling worlds also has a lot of complexities.Read more ›
- Super fun (and in some ways more interesting) with just 2 players. There aren't many great 2-player strategy games out there, especially ones that scale nicely to 3 or 4.
- Excellent replayability. Many different strategies and combinations.
- Once you get the hang of it (the learning curve can be steep for some you can play a game in 30 minutes.
- You do have indirect interactions with other players (anticipating what actions they will select, and which ones will help them most), but you don't attack them.
One last comment. If you plan to play this game lots, I'd recommend card sleeves --- the cards are pretty durable, but any card is going to start showing wear and tear after many repeated shuffles.
Players simultaneously select a role card. The roles are respectively: Explore, Develop, Settle, Consume and Produce. The role cards are revealed and resolved in role card order. If you play a role card, you get the bonus for playing it. If you didn't play a role card (i.e. your opponent played it), you get to use the role's general effect. For example: if you play "Explore", you draw 3 cards and may keep 2; otherwise you draw 2 cards and may keep 1.
Players play planet cards during the Settle phase and technologies during the Develop phase. Once a player has played 12 cards (called a tableux) the game will end. Players score points for their planets, developments and for consuming goods. The player with the highest score wins.
With experienced players, this game can play quickly (around 30 minutes or less). However, the iconography of the cards is counterintuitve and thus the learning curve is surprisingly steep. This is a minor consideration if you are a hardcore gamer. But it should be noted: Race for the Galaxy makes a poor gateway game for your non-gaming friends and family.
My biggest gripe with Race for the Galaxy is that there is virtually no player interaction. There is no conflict. No auctions, no bidding mechanics, no way to screw over your opponents who have a lead. This is effectively a four player solitaire game with interstellar chrome.
Race for the Galaxy hits our gaming table with some regularity. It's a quick game and thus is a decent filler. But if you want an interstellar game with player interaction you will need to look elsewhere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What else can be said about this game? This is a great game, with lots of depth and replay-ability. Very fast gameplay as well.Published 2 days ago by Jared S.
Fantastic game...definitely a MUST for the serious board/card gamerPublished 9 days ago by Joe Pilkus
Arrived on time. My husband and I really like this game I recommend you get there expansions as well as they improve the game. This game and Star Realms are my favorites so far. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah Hoffman
Race for the Galaxy is a card game that I really do enjoy. I only gave it 4 stars, because decks aren't my first choice in game mechanics, but so many people I know enjoy the heck... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Audrey Pogue
This is my all time favorite game though the learning curve was more challenging on this game than most. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janelle Planck
The game is wonderfully crafted. The rules are easy to understand. All the icons have adequate descriptions. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Missa
I've been playing Race for the Galaxy a lot in the past few weeks, mostly with my 11 year old son. In terms of game mechanics, RftG is a descendant of "Puerto Rico" in that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tung Yin